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Sugar Loaf

The summit of Rio's unique 1,299ft high (396m) belvedere, named Sugar Loaf because of its resemblance to the loaves of sugar used by the Portuguese colonists, can be reached by a two-stage cable car ride. The first stage takes visitors up 722ft (220m) to the Morro da Urca, where there is a restaurant, amphitheatre, heliport and spectacular view of the Yacht Club and Botafogo Bay. The second stage takes one the rest of the way to the summit for a panoramic view of the city, and the whole of Copacabana beach. The Sugar Loaf cable car is a major icon of Rio's tourism.

Address: Avenue Pasteur 520, Praia Vermelha

Website: www.bondinho.com.br

Telephone: (21) 2546 8400

Opening times: Open daily, from 8am to 7.50pm

Admission: Cable Car: R$44 (adults), R$22 (children 6-12)