The iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain stands at the entrance to Rio’s Guanabara Bay and rises 1,300 ft above the Atlantic Ocean. Sugar Loaf is actually two separate mountains, Morro da Urca and Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf). There is a cable car system to take visitors from the ground up to Morro da Urca, and then to the peak of Sugar Loaf. The cable cars, which first opened in 1912, can carry 1,360 passengers per hour. Although some poeople have climbed to the top of the mountains, we decided to just go with the cable cars. The boys were really excited about this. At Morro da Urca, we enjoyed the views and visited the old model cable cars.
Patrick and Danny liked watching airplanes land at Rio’s downtown airport.
From here, it’s easy to see why the first Eurpeans thought that Guanabara Bay was a river and not the ocean.
We boarded the second cable car and headed up to Sugar Loaf.
The views from the top were really impressive. We could see Copacabana and Ipanema beaches (that’s Copacabana below on the left above Patrick’s head).
That night we had dinner with our friend JC at a churasqueria, a restaurant where the waiters bring around various cuts of meat and the diners can pick and choose exactly what they want. The beef was amazing.