The Sugarloaf in Rio de Janeiro – Pão de Açúcar
The second most famous peak in Rio is called the Sugarloaf (Pão de Açúcar in Portuguese). The top of the hill is almost 400 meters above sea level. The trip to the top is done with a cable car. Inaugurated in 1912, it has brought millions of people to this beautiful spot. The Sugarloaf was made famous in the James Bond film Moonraker, when James Bond fight Jaws on top of one of the cabins.
Sugarloaf – Best for Sunsets
It is perfect for sunsets where you can see Rio’s ilumination light up in the early evening, something that is a lot harder from the Christ Statue since clouds usually gather there in the afternoon. A good tip is to bring a book and spend a few hours up there. They have wood chaise longues and you can spend a few hours there looking at the view. They also have a few stalls where you can buy foods and drinks. It’s a good idea to bring a sweater since it can get pretty nippy.
The Cable Car Ride
It is actually a two step journey. From the street to Morro da Urca (the first hill) and then from Morro da Urca to the Logarloaf Mountain. The whole trip costs R$80. It’s half the price if you are between 6 and 21 years old (bring an ID or passport) and free if you are under 6. The first cable car ascending leaves at 8:10h and the last at 21h (this info is from May, 2017). If you want to confirm any of this information, go to the Official Sugarloaf Website.
If you want to, you can easily hike up and down the first hill as long it’s not dark. Go to Hikes in Rio to get more detailed information about this. From there, you can pay R$40 to get to the second hill (this also includes going the whole way down) or R$25 to go down to the street.
Getting there is easy. You can either take a Taxi/Uber to the foot of the hill or take bus 581 (goes though Leblon, Copacabana, Ipanema and Botafogo). A Taxi/Uber wouldn’t be too expensive since it’s close to where you are likely to stay as a tourist.
- Some concerts and big parties are held on the first hill featuring famous Brazilian artists some times of the year. The concerts are at night and the cable car operates until later. The ride up and down is included in the ticket price.
- If you are interested in seeing Rio de Janeiro from above, you have helicopter rides leaving Morro da Urca. Different itineraries are available. The shortest and most popular will take you around the Christ statue.