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Sugarloaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)

Scale this mountain on foot or by cable car to see impressive views of Rio’s beaches, rain forests and its most famous statue.

Located on the coast of the southeastern corner of Rio de Janeiro, Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar) resides within forests, water and hills at the edge of Guanabara Bay. Rock climbers conquer the mountain using appropriate gear, but most visitors take the glass-sided cable car to the top. Originally built in 1912, the cable car transports 65 visitors per trip and offers panoramic views the entire way.

Sugarloaf Mountain offers remarkable views of nearby beaches, local rain forests, adjacent hills and the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. The lush rain forests provide a sharp contrast against the surrounding granite hills. Historians attribute the mountain’s name to the 16th-century practice of molding sugar into a cone-like shape. These “sugar loaves” were common during the peak of Brazil’s sugarcane trade.  

The mountain draws crowds year-round, but the best times to visit are each day early in the morning and 90 minutes before sunset. Make sure you have clear skies and bring your camera to capture Rio’s scenic beauty from 1,300 feet (396 meters) above sea level. Right beneath you is Copacabana Beach, which connects to Ipanema Beach at its southern end. To the west, enjoy views of Rio’s iconic member of the “New Seven Wonders of the World,” the Christ the Redeemer statue.

Cable cars depart every 20 minutes from morning until evening. Before reaching the top, you will board two cable cars. One stops at Morro da Urca and the other stops at the peak, Pão de Açúcar. Be sure to check with the ticketing office if you visit during major holidays as cable-car trips typically close around noon on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and close completely on Christmas and New Year’s Day. If visiting between December and March, be prepared for the cable car to close early on weekend evenings to accommodate seasonal performances.  

Access to Sugarloaf Mountain is from Praia Vermelha at the southern entry to Guanabara Bay. You can walk to Guanabara Bay from nearby Copacabana Beach, or use boat or bus if you are coming from farther afield.


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Hotel Astoria Palace $26
Hotel Astoria Palace

Hotel Astoria Palace

Av. Atlantica 1866, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Offering direct access to the beach, this Copacabana hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 5-minute walk of Copacabana Beach and Avenida Atlantica. Ipanema Beach and Copacabana Fort are also within 2 mi (3 km). Cardeal Arcoverde Station is 25 minutes by foot.

    Beautiful and Comfortable Apartment in the Safest and Most Stylish Neighborhood of Rio
    Beautiful and Comfortable Apartment in the Safest and Most Stylish Neighborhood of Rio

    Beautiful and Comfortable Apartment in the Safest and Most Stylish Neighborhood of Rio

    Rio de Janeiro, Southeast Region
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Urca, this romantic apartment building is steps from Guanabara Bay and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Flamengo Beach and Copacabana Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km). Botafogo Station is 27 minutes by foot.

      Quiet Apartment in Urca Near Sugar Loaf
      Quiet Apartment in Urca Near Sugar Loaf

      Quiet Apartment in Urca Near Sugar Loaf

      Rio de Janeiro, Southeast Region
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Urca, this apartment building is steps from Guanabara Bay and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Flamengo Beach and Copacabana Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km). Botafogo Station is 27 minutes by foot.

        Windsor Leme Hotel $66
        Windsor Leme Hotel

        Windsor Leme Hotel

        Avenida Atlantica 656, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nestled on the beach, this Copacabana hotel is steps from Guanabara Bay, Copacabana Beach, and Avenida Atlantica. Sugar Loaf Mountain and Ipanema Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km). Cardeal Arcoverde Station is 17 minutes by foot and Siqueira Campos Station is 27 minutes.

          At the Feet of Sugar Loaf the Safest and Most Enjoyable of Rio !!
          At the Feet of Sugar Loaf the Safest and Most Enjoyable of Rio !!

          At the Feet of Sugar Loaf the Safest and Most Enjoyable of Rio !!

          Rio de Janeiro, Southeast Region
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Urca, this vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of Guanabara Bay and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Flamengo Beach and Copacabana Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km). Botafogo Station is 25 minutes by foot.

            Charming House in Urca!
            Charming House in Urca!

            Charming House in Urca!

            Rio de Janeiro, Southeast Region
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Urca, this historic vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of Guanabara Bay and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Flamengo Beach and Copacabana Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km). Botafogo Station is 25 minutes by foot.

              Hotel Atlantico Praia $25
              Hotel Atlantico Praia

              Hotel Atlantico Praia

              Avenida Atlantica 1456, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Nestled on the beach, this Copacabana hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Rio Sul Shopping Mall, Pasmado Viewpoint, and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Vermelha Beach is 2 mi (3.2 km) away. Cardeal Arcoverde Station is 7 minutes by foot and Siqueira Campos Station is 17 minutes.

                PortoBay Rio de Janeiro $92
                PortoBay Rio de Janeiro

                PortoBay Rio de Janeiro

                Avenida Atlântica, 1500, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Copacabana, this beachfront hotel is in the city center, 2 mi (3.2 km) from Sugar Loaf Mountain, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Parque Henrique Lage and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Museum of Modern Art and Arcos da Lapa are also within 9 mi (15 km). Cardeal Arcoverde Station is 6 minutes by foot and Siqueira Campos Station is 17 minutes.