Rio is famous for the Sugar Loaf Mountain, also known as the Pao de Acucar. Tourists can reach the top of the mountain through a cable car ride to the top of the mountain.
The 400 meter high mountain is part of the Carioca Mountain Range which provides tourists with a spectacular view of Rio and the Atlantic Ocean. The cable car was first built in 1912 and up to this day, still delights people of ages.
The James Bond film, Moonraker was filmed on top of one of the cable cars going to the Christ the Redeemer statue
The cable car is the easiest way to get to the top of the mountain, but going there does not mean 1 entire trip, the trip is split into two stages.
The first trip takes you 220 meters high from the Praia Vermelha which is the foot of the mountain up to Morro da Urca. The first leg lasts 3 minutes only but provides tourists with a panoramic view of Rio and the Guanabara Bay.
Each cable car can carry up to 65 passengers with each trip happening every 20 minutes. The second trip will take tourists to another 396 meter high trip to the peak of the Sugar Loaf. The last cable car will run at exactly 8:00 pm so you better head out to the Sugar Loaf earlier than that to catch the last trip.
Restrooms and elevators are provided for both trips for the ease and convenience of the passengers.
The trip to the top of the mountain provides tourists with a splendid view of the entire city. For those who are more adventurous, instead of riding the cable car for the first trip, they can go in a trek during the day.
The mountain is also a great way to watch the sunset in Rio. In between the two legs of the trip is a stopover wherein tourists can grab a quick bite or rehydrate as they take the next leg onto the peak of the mountain.
Reaching the top of the mountain pulls you away from the hustle and bustle of the city down in Rio.
Now, how does one reach the foot of the Sugar Loaf Mountain?
It’s easy all you have to do is to ride bus no. 511 which leaves from Copacabana and will bring you straight to Priaia Vermelha, for the return home just ride bus no. 512 and it will drop you back in Copacabana. If you’re coming from Copacabana, a taxi ride to the foot of the mountain won’t cost you a fortune.
There is no specific season to visit the Sugar Loaf Mountain, any time of the year will do as long as the sun shines brightly, then you’ll definitely get a good view of the city. If you happen to be in Rio during the Carnival week, you can catch some Brazilian artists performing at the Morro da Urca.
At a regular day, the cable cars operate only until 8pm, but they extend operating hours during concerts. During the Rio Carnival Season, the partying reaches up to the high mountains of the Sugar Loaf.