A century of Sugarloaf Cable car


The iconic Sugarloaf Mountain Aerial Tram was built in 1912, which helped to turn Rio de Janeiro into a major tourist destination. The original cars were made of wood and the whole engineering works were replaced in 1972 and more recently in 2009. The Italian-made bubble-shaped cars are able to carry up to 65 passengers at a time. The cable-car offers two rides: first the 220 m. climb to Morro da Urca, then the 400 m. rise to the sheer granite Sugarloaf Mountain, where on the summit you can enjoy 360-degree views of Copacabana, Ipanema beaches, Guanabara Bay, and observe, peeking through the clouds, Corcovado Mountain topped with the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer. We recommend that you take a lunch or shopping break mid-way at Morro da Urca and once at the top visit the Bondinho exhibit which shows the role Sugarloaf Mountain has played throughout modern Brazilian history. Cable cars depart every 20 minutes between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. There are evening samba shows on Urca, which can hardly be bettered as glamorous venue. Please contact us to learn about city tour options and our inspiring Rio and Brazil journey ideas.

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