Set in the mouth of the Guanabara Bay, Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro is one of the world’s most famous natural landmarks. The name comes from the mountain’s resemblance to a concentrated sugarloaf, so familiar in the city during its sugar cane hey-day. The summit of the Sugarloaf is 394 meters high, and can be reached by cable car, from where the views over the city and the bay are spectacular.
Sugarloaf Mountain is the most commonly recognized and sought after tourist attraction in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. But it has served its past inhabitants equally well. Navigators for years would spot the imposing figure as the entrance to Guanabara Bay. The first Portuguese arrivers chose the landmark as a settling location for the magnitude of visibility afforded towards the sea and mountains assuring their continued protection.
Today’s tourists enjoy the ease and comfort of a cable car ride to the top of Sugar Loaf which was first installed in 1912, blossoming the tourists industry to Rio. The most famous landmark on Guanabara Bay is Sugar Loaf, the granite prominence that rises 396 meters (1,300ft) high at the bay’s entrance. Visitors are whisked up in bubble-shaped cable cars manufactured in Switzerland and introduced in June 2009, each of which holds up to 65 passengers and offers 360-degree views. Departures are from the Praia Vermelho station (www.bondinho.com.br).
From Sugar Loaf, paths lead to viewpoints affording visitors extraordinarily beautiful views on all sides, day or night.