SugarLoaf Mountain is one of the most famous attractions in Rio, located at the mouth of the Guanabara Bay. Rising 396 m (1,299 ft) above the harbor, its name refers to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined loaf sugar. It is known worldwide for its cable car going up to the top of the mountain, offering panoramic views of Rio. The first cable car was built in 1912 and was rebuilt in 2008.
Aside from the incredible view from the top, the cable car (or “bondinho” in Portuguese) ride is just as memorable. To get to the top, you will need to take two rides. The first one goes from the ground and stops at the “Morro da Urca” (Urca Montain), an area about halfway to the top with a beautiful view and many gift shops and restaurants. The second ride takes you to the final destination, the top of the mountain.
At the top you have the most incredible views of Rio. The best time to go is during sunset, it will definitely be an unforgettable experience. There are several restaurants offering live music and decent food, with a nice view where you can appreciate the sunset while drinking a glass of wine, but be ready to fight for a seat since it’s very crowded.
The cable car can hold 65 people, and runs approximately every 20-30 minutes.
You can purchase tickets online (which is a little cheaper) or at the booth. Please make sure to buy on the official website! My husband bought a ticket from a SugarLoaf website with the same name in the US.
The ticket costs around R$85 Brazilian Reais (less than $20 US dollars) for round trip.
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Official website for tickets: ingressos.bondinho.com.br
Address: Av. Pasteur, 520 - Urca, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22290-240, Brazil