Insider's Guide to Rio de Janeiro

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  • Hours: Open daily. Cable cars leave every half hour 8am - 10pm
  • Admission: Free. Cable Car ticket - Adults: R$44; Children (6-12yrs): R$22

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Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)

You’ll see stunning views of Rio from atop Sugar Loaf Mountain (or Pão de Acúcar) which rises at the point where Guanabara Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. Whichever way you look the city is a delight of sweeping beaches, sparkling water and green peaks.

If you make the trip up in the late afternoon you can watch Rio as the light disappears and the fairy show of night lights begins.  Looking west you’ll have an incredible view of Corcovado with the statue of Christ the Redeemer all lit up.  

At the summit there are some clearly marked wooded trails where you can view some wildlife and get away from the crowds. The crowds are densest mid-morning and mid-afternoon when the tourist buses arrive.

Practical Info

While some people choose to climb the peak (mountain climbers are a common sight) most people take the cable car from Praca General Tiburcio. it is easy to reach the cable car station by taking any bus from Centro marked Urca or Praia Vermelha.

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Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 459 Reviews

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 10 hours

From USD $166.99

Sugar Loaf Mountain Half-Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 165 Reviews

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours

From USD $74.99
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Two of Rio's Best: Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 5 hours

From USD $115.00

Rio de Janeiro Helicopter Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 35 Reviews

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 60 minutes

From USD $243.99

Sugar Loaf Mountain Canoe Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours

From USD $98.99
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Small-Group Rio de Janeiro in a Day Tour

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 6 hours

From USD $266.99

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