Take a Cable Car to the Top of Sugarloaf Mountain
Another must-see in Río, both for its views and its charm
A natural masterpiece
Urca neighbourhood is home to this incredible mountain, one of the must-sees of any visit to Río de Janeiro. The cable car (www.bondinho.com.br), known as ‘bondinho’ to the locals, sets off every half hour and was opened in 1912, making it the third of its kind in the world at that time. The ascent is split into two sections: the first runs for little over half a kilometre and goes from Praia de Vermelha to Morro da Urca, taking approximately 30 minutes. The second section, more or less lasting the same amount of time, takes you to the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain. En route to the summit you will see some spectacular views with Guanabara Bay at the front, Niterói and the city’s skyscrapers to the side and Corcovado Mountain in the background. You can also gaze at the vastness of Río’s southern neighbourhoods - Flamengo, Botafogo, Copacabana, Ipanema and Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas. Try to avoid this trip between 11:00 and 15:00, as this is when the area is crowded with buses and excited tourists.