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Sugar Loaf Facts

Sugar Loaf Facts

Sugar Loaf (or Morro Pão de Açúcar, in Portuguese) is a spectacular monolithic granite peak without vegetation. It is located in the district of Urca, just at the entrance of Guanabara Bay, in Rio de Janeiro. From there you can appreciate one of the best views of the city and the bay. Discover some Sugar Loaf Facts below.

Its name comes from its resemblance to the “pãos de açúcar” (sugar loaves) that the Portuguese transported to Europe between the 16th and 17th centuries. Others believe that its name comes from the word “Pau-nh-açuquã”, which means high, isolated and pointed hill in the language of the Tamoios Indians. It was here that the Portuguese Estácio de Sá founded the city of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro on March 1, 1565.

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The tourist complex of the sugar loaf is actually formed by two hills, interconnected by two stretches of the cable car. The first station is the top of the Urca Hill. There is an exhibition hall called Cocuruto, where you can take a tour through the history of the cable car. You will also find restaurants, souvenir shops, an amphitheater, and the Plaza de Los Bondes. The second stop is, of course, the top of the Sugar Loaf. From there you can see the amazing Christ the Redeemer, the city of Niterói and the beautiful Copacabana beach.

You can get to Urca by bus from Metro Botafogo (lines 1 and 2). The cable car is open from 08:00 to 21:00 hours. The entrance fee is R$80 (general public).

An alternative to reach the top of Urca’s hill is walking. This approximately 30-minute walk starts at one side of Vermelha beach. For the more experienced adventurers, there is another way to get to the top: climbing.

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