Sugarloaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar) Tours

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It’s easy to see why Rio de Janeiro was nicknamed the “Marvelous City” when you’re gazing down at it from the heights of Sugarloaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar). From its soaring 1,300-foot (396-meter) summit, the city unfolds around you, with views of the iconic Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, the Tijuca Forest, and the Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) statue standing tall atop Corcovado Mountain to the west.

The Basics
As one of Rio’s most popular and enduring attractions, Sugarloaf Mountain deserves a spot on every itinerary, especially for first-time visitors. A two-stage cable car takes riders to the summit high above the city, with the first ascending 722 feet (220 meters) to Morro da Urca, where it’s possible to grab a snack as you overlook Guanabara Bay or hop on a helicopter tour. The second cable car ascends to the top, an experience included in most Rio sightseeing tours that also stop at attractions such as Corcovado Mountain, Santa Teresa’s art district, Copacabana Beach, Sambadrome, and Maracanã Stadium. Visitors pressed for time can pre-book skip-the-line Sugarloaf entrance with priority access to the cable car.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Sugarloaf Mountain is a must-see for first-time visitors to Rio de Janeiro.
  • Choose between skip-the-line admission and a small-group or private tour of the mountain.
  • Kiosks at the top of the mountain serve snacks, sodas, ice cream, and caipirinhas. 
  • Remember to bring sunglasses and a hat, as it may be bright at the top of the mountain.

How to Get to Sugarloaf Mountain
Sugarloaf Mountain is a stop on almost every city tour, and most travelers get to the top by taking a cable car ride. Those with energy to burn can make the relatively easy hike up Urca Hill from the ground station to Morro da Urca (30 to 40 minutes), then ride the second cable car to the top. Buses 511 and 512 stop at the ground station on Avenida Pasteur.

When to Get There
Weekend afternoons tend to be the most crowded at Sugarloaf Mountain, with the longest cable car lines and the biggest crowds at the top. To avoid the lines and heat, plan for a morning tour. For one of the most impressive views the city has to offer, visit on a clear day just before sunset.

An Adventurous Ascent
Rock climbers from around the globe come to Rio for a chance to scale Sugarloaf Mountain, where 40 routes of varying difficulty lead to the top. Guided climbing tours outfit participants with all gear and equipment necessary to make the ascent with no previous experience required.
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Address: Rio de Janiero, Brazil
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Hours: Open daily. Cable cars leave every 20 minutes from 8am - 9pm
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Admission: Free. Cable Car ticket - Adults: R$80; Children (6-12yrs): R$40
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Skip the Line: Sugar Loaf Admission Ticket

Head to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain by cable car for sweeping views of Rio de Janeiro. Your skip-the-line ticket gives you priority access to both cable cars, and is valid for any departure time on the day you select.
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
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Full Day Complete Tour of Rio de Janeiro

Get an overview of Rio's most important sights during this comprehensive 8-hour tour. With a local guide, visit Copacabana beach, Botafogo beach and Palácio Guanabara. Travel through the Tijuca Forest, stopping at Paineiras on the way up Corcovado to see the Christ the Redeemer statue. Take the cable car from Urca up to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, then eat lunch at one of the city's best steakhouses before visits to Maracanã Stadium and the Sambadrome. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Two of Rio's Best: Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Tour

Visit 2 of Rio de Janeiro's most famous landmarks, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado Mountain, during this 5-hour tour. Ascend to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain for sprawling views of the city below and Corcovado to visit the Christ the Redeemer statue. See the mountains, lakes, beaches and oceans that surround the bustling city with natural beauty from its highest points. Learn about the culture and history of Rio through informative commentary from your local guide. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included. 
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Full Day in Rio: Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf, Maracana and Selaron with Lunch

Get an overview of Rio's most important sights during this comprehensive 8-hour tour. With a local guide, travel through the Tijuca Forest, stopping at Paineiras to board transportation to the top of Corcovado, home of the Christ the Redeemer statue. Take the cable car from Urca up to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, then eat lunch at one of the city's best steakhouses before visits to Maracanã Stadium and the Sambadrome. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included. 
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Sugar Loaf and Christ The Redeemer Tour

Get acquainted with two of Rio's most famous attractions, Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue, during this private tour. With your own dedicated guide and private executive sedan, travel straight from your hotel to these 2 sites in privacy. Duration of tour and itinerary are flexible; enjoy the personalized attention that comes with a private tour. If you're short on time in Rio, make the most of it with this time-saving option.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour

Take a panoramic city tour, travel to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and visit the Christ the Redeemer statue on this full-day comprehensive tour of Rio's most famous landmarks. Reach the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado Mountain by cable car and by van or cog train through the Tijuca Rainforest, respectively. This 6 or 10-hour tour, which includes round-trip transportation from most Rio hotels, allows you to see all of Rio's sights in just one day.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Full- Day City Tour: Christ Redeemer , Sugar Loaf and Downtown

Get an overview of Rio's most important sights during this comprehensive 8.5-hour tour. With a local guide, visit Copacabana beach, Botafogo beach and Palácio Guanabara. Travel through the Tijuca Forest, stopping at Paineiras for views on the way up to Corcovado and the Christ the Redeemer statue. Ascend to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, then eat lunch at one of the city's best steakhouses before visits to Maracanã Stadium, the Lapa Arches and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Rio de Janeiro Private Custom Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Get private transportation, and a flexible itinerary on this 9-hour private sightseeing tour of Rio de Janeiro. With your private group of up to 13 people, visit the city's landmarks and highlights, including the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Christ the Redeemer statue at the top of Corcovado Mountain. Round-trip transportation from accommodations in Rio is included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Rio de Janeiro Shore Excursion: Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour

While in port, take a panoramic city tour, travel to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and visit the Christ the Redeemer statue on this full-day shore excursion to Rio's most famous landmarks. Reach the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado Mountain by cable car and cog train through the Tijuca Rainforest, respectively. This 10-hour tour, which includes round-trip transportation from the cruise port, allows you to visit all of Rio's landmarks in one marathon day.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Small-Group Rio de Janeiro in a Day Tour

Take a comprehensive tour of Rio's top landmarks on this 6-hour excursion with a small group. Summit Corcovado Mountain to admire the Christ the Redeemer Statue, then continue on to the charming neighborhood of Santa Teresa. Ride a cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain (if option selected). Enjoy informative commentary and personalized attention from your guide on this small group tour, limited to 15 people. Round-trip hotel transportation from Rio hotels is included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Rio de Janeiro Super Saver: Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain plus Ginga Tropical Show

Spend an epic day and night exploring all of Rio's attractions during this full-day tour. During the day, follow your guide to attractions like the Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue on top of Corcovado Mountain, reached via a cog train ride through the Tijuca Rainforest. Take the cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain for spectacular views of Guanabara Bay and enjoy a downtown tour including Cinelandia Square and the Metropolitan Cathedral. In the evening, attend the Ginga Tropical show, a vibrant dance performance that celebrates the country's cultural roots. Lunch and round-trip port or hotel transportation are included.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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  • Duration: 14 hours
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Sugar Loaf Mountain Half-Day Tour

Explore Rio and visit Sugar Loaf Mountain during this 4-hour morning tour. Visit some of the city's most important landmarks, including the Metropolitan Cathedral and Cinelandia Square. Then, board a glassed-in cable car for to ascent to the peak, stopping once at a scenic viewpoint. Upon reaching the top of Sugar Loaf at 1,299 feet (396 meters) above sea level, admire the views of Niteroi, Copacabana and Santa Cruz Fortress. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Rio de Janeiro Super Saver: Guanabara Bay Cruise with Barbecue Lunch and Christ Redeemer with Selaron Steps and Sugar Loaf

Combine the highlights of Rio de Janeiro on a single 12-hour tour, including a cruise on Guanabara Bay, visits to the Selaron Steps, Christ the Redeemer, and Sugar Loaf mountain at sunset. Barbecue lunch and pickup from hotels in São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana included.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Private Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Sugar Loaf and City Tour

Ideal for travelers with limited time in Rio de Janeiro, this private 4-hour tour provides a comprehensive overview of the city. Alongside a local guide, you’ll take a panoramic tour of downtown Rio and visit landmarks including Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro Cathedral, and the Sambadrome. Check off one of the Marvelous City’s most popular attractions and ascend Sugar Loaf Mountain in a cable car for spectacular views of land and sea. On this private tour, which includes hotel pickup and drop-off, you’ll receive undivided attention from your guide.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Rio de Janeiro Super Saver: Guanabara Bay Cruise with Barbecue Lunch, Christ the Redeemer and Selaron Steps by Van

Combine a cruise on Guanabara Bay with visits to the Selaron Steps and the Christ the Redeemer statue during this 10-hour super saver tour in Rio. Traditional Brazilian barbecue lunch and round-trip transportation from hotels in São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema, and Copacabana included.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private City Tour of Rio de Janeiro

Explore Rio's highlights and important landmarks with a dedicated guide on this full-day private tour. Visit important sites like Rio's historic downtown area, the Sambadrome and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Stop at the Colombo tea house for lunch or a snack (own expense). Ascend both Sugar Loaf and Corcovado Mountains with a stop at the Christ the Redeemer statue. Enjoy the flexibility and personal attention that comes with booking a private tour.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Sugar Loaf Mountain Hiking and Climbing

Venture up Sugar Loaf mountain by way of a hillside pathway above Guanabara Bay. A specialist guide provides climbing equipment and technical support for the final vertical ascent 65 feet (20 meters) to the summit — no previous experience required! This unforgettable hiking tour rewards you with views of Copacabana Beach and Morro Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers Hill). Descend the easy way aboard the aerial cable car. Upgrade to venture with your own personal guide on a private tour that includes round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Sugar Loaf and Rio de Janeiro City Center Walking Tour

Start the walk to get to the cable car to Sugar Loaf. See the breathtaking views riding the cable car. After visiting the mountains of Urca and Sugar Loaf, see Infante Dom Henrique Avenue in Flamengo Park.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Custom Private City Tour By Gisela Vayda in Rio de Janeiro

Let me show you my beautiful city , like a real "Carioca" would . Get a private and flexible itinerary on this costumed sightseeing and visit the city's landmarks and highlights, including the Sugar Loaf and Christ, the Redeemer statue at the top of Corcovado Mountain.  Explore with me magical places and get tips about what to do in a save way in Rio. Round-trip transportation from accommodations in Rio are included.
  • Duration: 4 to 6 hrs
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Morro da Urca Hiking Tour with Sugar Loaf Cable Car

Hike to Morro da Urca, then ride the aerial cable car the rest of the way to Sugar Loaf mountain on this half-day tour. Follow your guide on a forest trail to the twin granite domes and be rewarded with sweeping views of Guanabara Bay and Rio’s UNESCO-listed landscape from the summit. Upgrade to venture with your own personal guide on a private tour that includes round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Sugarloaf Mountain and Tijuca Forest Tour

Combine visits to the Tijuca Forest and Sugarloaf Mountain on this private tour in Rio de Janeiro. Benefit from your guide's personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this half-day tour, which includes all entrance fees and private round-trip transportation. Ride a cable car up to the top of Sugarloaf Mountains for epic views of the city, then explore the Tijuca Forest, one of the world's largest urban rain forests.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Christ Redeemer Statue with Optional Sugar Loaf Mountain Tour

Beat the crowds and visit Christ the Redeemer in the early morning on this Viator Exclusive tour. With your local guide and travel to the peak of Corcovado Mountain to view the Christ the Redeemer statue up close. Opt to upgrade your experience and hop on the cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain. Bring your camera to capture the panoramic views from the city's high point as the early morning light bathes the city.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Rio de Janeiro in One Day Private Tour

Get a personalized introduction to sprawling Rio de Janeiro on a private, full-day tour that covers the famous beaches, landmarks and cuisine of Brazil's most vibrant city. Skip the stress of getting around on your own and let a private guide whisk you around to highlights like the Christ the Redeemer statue, Tijuca Forest, and the Maracana football stadium. See the famous beaches of Copacabana, ride the Sugar Loaf cable car, dig into lunch at a Brazilian steakhouse, and more.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Highlights of Rio Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Tick off all the attractions on your Rio de Janeiro must-see list on this full-day tour. With transportation included and a guide in the lead, you'll make good time on visits to the city's highlights, including the Selaron steps, the main Rio cathedral, the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado, and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Gondola ride and lunch included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Small-Group Tour

Summit both Corcovado and Sugar Loaf mountains in the early morning to beat the crowds on this 5-hour tour in Rio de Janeiro. After bright and early pickup from your Rio hotel, travel through the Tijuca National Forest to get up close with the Christ the Redeemer statue without throngs of people around. After learning about its history from your local guide, move on to Sugar Loaf Mountain for spectacular views of the sprawling city, slowly waking up in the morning light. During your journey, pass several other landmarks such as Palácio Guanabara, Largo do Boticário and Casa dos Abacaxis.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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