Category: The Sugarloaf


Sugarloaf Mountain Cable Car

In 1912, the launch of an aerial tramway system in Rio de Janeiro added to the Brazilian tourist map an enterprise that would become famous worldwide: the Sugarloaf Cable Car. Today, the view of the constant come and go of the bondinhos is a part of the city’s landscape. The Sugarloaf tourist complex was built by the Companhia Caminho Aéreo Pão de Açúcar, which still operates and maintains it. Designed to entertain thousands of people at a privileged location, the park is blessed by its panoramic beauty. The Sugarloaf mountain, a trademark of Rio de Janeiro, has very little vegetation on its slopes. It consists in a single massive block of granite-derived stone, molded by atmospheric pressure and temperature along its 600 million years of age. Typically the sugarloaf is surrounded by tropical vegetation, in particular remnants of the Atlantic forest containing native species that are extinct in other areas of the Brazilian coast. Sugarloaf Mountain, called Pão de Açúcar by Portuguese speakers, is an iconic part of the skyline of Rio de Janeiro. This towering granite rock formation rises about 1,300 feet above Guanabara Bay. Cable cars have been taking people up Sugarloaf for more than a century. Rio is a beautiful metropolis when seen in a panoramic view, and this peak is one of the best places to appreciate the city’s unique mix of urban and natural scenery.