Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar)

#5 in Best Things To Do in Rio de Janeiro
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520 Avenida Pasteur, Urca

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Hiking, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.3

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  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Standing high above Rio's bustling metropolis at 1,299 feet, Sugar Loaf Mountain cascades over the picturesque Guanabara Bay. From Praia Vermelha in the residential Urca district, you can take a three-minute cable car ride up to Morro da Urca and then hop on another cable car up to the top of Sugar Loaf. From the glass-enclosed bondi (tram), you'll get a dazzling view of the city.

Visitors agree that the panoramic views at the top are breathtaking, particularly at sunset. The mountain's park also includes a history exhibit, an interactive Cable Car Plaza that displays the original cable cars used on the tram, the Baía de Guanabara Space that features restaurants and shops, as well as an outdoor amphitheater that seats 700 people.

Adult passes from Praia Vermelha to Sugar Loaf Mountain are $62 reals; $31 reals for children ages 6 to 21. Younger children can enter for free and other discounts for senior citizens and students are available. Tickets can be purchased from 8 a.m. to 7:50 p.m., with the park closing at 9 p.m. If you plan to visit Sugar Loaf during holidays, check the Pão de Açúcar website to confirm hours. You can reach the cable car station by taking an "Urca" marked bus or by taking a cab. 

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This iconic landmark is a must-see attraction in Rio. Recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, this statue of Jesus Christ stands with arms outstretched to the city from above Corcovado Mountain's staggering 2,330-foot elevation.

Started in 1922 and completed in 1931, the monument — made of concrete and covered in soapstone mosaic tiles — stands 125 feet tall as a religious and cultural symbol of the Brazilian people's warm and welcoming culture. The monument rests atop Corcovado Mountain in Tijuca National Park and is the most famous attraction in Rio de Janeiro, visited by nearly 2 million people each year. Recent travelers recommend visiting on a day with clear skies since the vantage point is the best in the city.

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