Pão de Açúcar

Pão de Açúcar, or Sugar Loaf, is part of Rio de Janeiro’s UNESCO World Heritage listing and provides my favorite viewpoint of the city. It’s located in the wealthy Urca neighborhood and costs BRA$76 for adults and half that for ages 6-21. Under 6 are admitted for free. You can buy tickets ahead of time on the official website (recommended for high season). Don’t lose your ticket! You need to scan it to get on and off all cable cars.

Cable car to Pão de Açúcar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Cable car

You have to take two different cable cars to get to the top of Pão de Açúcar. The first one takes you to Morro da Urca, the smaller of the two hills. From there, you get a few interesting views of the city.

The view from Morro da Urca at Pão de Açúcar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The view from Morro da Urca

The view from Morro da Urca at Pão de Açúcar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The view from Morro da Urca

Pão de Açúcar from Morro da Urca at Pão de Açúcar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Pão de Açúcar from Morro da Urca

Cable car from Morro da Urca at Pão de Açúcar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Cable car from Morro da Urca

The top of Pão de Açúcar is the next stop. This provided my absolute favorite views of Rio de Janeiro. I was able to see almost every point in the city, including Copacabana, Corcovado, Botafogo, and the city center. I’ll just let you judge the view by the photos.

The view of Copacabana from Pão de Açúcar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The view of Copacabana

The view of Copacabana from Pão de Açúcar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The view of Copacabana

The view of Corcovado from Pão de Açúcar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The view of Corcovado

The view of Praia Vermelha from Pão de Açúcar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The view of Praia Vermelha

View of Flamengo and the city center from Pão de Açúcar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

View of Flamengo and the city center

The view of Botafogo from Pão de Açúcar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The view of Botafogo

Panoramic view from Pão de Açúcar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Panoramic view

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