Sugar Loaf Mountain

Sugar Loaf

The rounded granite summit of Sugar Loaf juts out of a tree-covered promontory, rising 394 metres above the beaches and city, and is a well-known symbol of Rio de Janeiro. Tourists flock to the summit for vistas of Rio de Janeiro and the bay, as well as the excitement of riding suspended in a cable car between Sugar Loaf and the Morro da Urca, a lower peak from which a second cableway links to the city.

Rio’s first colony was along the long Praia da Urca beach, and one of the three early forts there, the star-shaped Fort So Joo, can be toured.