Remember our first post about our day in Rio visiting the Christ the Redeemer?! After that, we went to see Sugarloaf Mountain (in Portuguese, Pão de Açúcar), a peak situated in Rio de Janeiro at the mouth of Guanabara. Rising 396 metres (1,299 ft) above the harbor, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined loaf sugar.
The ride is divided into two stages, each lasting 3 minutes. The first stage goes from Praia Vermelha (Red Beach) to Morro da Urca (Urca Hill), at an altitude of 220 meters. The second stage goes from Morro da Urca to Sugarloaf Mountain, at an altitude of 528 meters. Cable car speed varies from 21 to 31 kilometers per hour. Each car has a capacity of 65 passengers.
Designed by Brazilian engineer Augusto Ferreira Ramos, one of the founders of Companhia Caminho Aéreo Pão de Açúcar, the cable car system was completely remodeled in 1972.
The most recent change of cables took place in 2002, and the electronic operation system was remodeled in May 2009.
New cable cars with an upgraded ventilation system and tinted, anti-glare glass were installed in 2008 for the ride between Praia Vermelha and Urca.In the second phase of the renovations, the Morro da Urca-Sugarloaf stretch got four new cars, imported from Switzerland for about 3 million euros.
The Italian-made bubble-shaped cars offer passengers 360-degree breathtaking views of the surrounding city including the Leme, the Copacabana, Ipanema, Flamengo and Leblon beaches and the Corcovado mountains, the latter showcasing the statue of Christ the Redeemer and much more. Departures are available every 20 minutes between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm and the fare is $23.00 for an adult and $13.00 for children under the age of 12 round-trip ticket to Pão de Açúcar.
One more time you are going to experience the breathtaking view of Rio!! So, the next pictures show the view you are going to have while you are riding inside of the cable car. Come with us and enjoy it!!
If you have any questions about this tour, don’t hesitate to ask us! Our next post is going to be about the beach baby!! lol We can’t miss that especially with summer around the corner!!
Beijos e Tchau!!