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Sugarloaf Mountain (Pao de Açúcar)
Sugarloaf Mountain (Pao de Açúcar)

Sugarloaf Mountain (Pao de Açúcar)

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6,789 Reviews
Open daily. Cable cars leave every 20 minutes from 8am - 9pm
Av. Pasteur, 520 - Urca, Rio de Janiero

The Basics

As one of Rio’s most popular and enduring attractions, Sugarloaf Mountain deserves a spot on every itinerary, especially for first-time visitors. A two-stage cable car takes riders to the summit high above the city, with the first ascending 722 feet (220 meters) to Morro da Urca, where it’s possible to grab a snack as you overlook Guanabara Bay or hop on a helicopter tour. The second cable car ascends to the top, an experience included in most Rio sightseeing tours that also stop at attractions such as Corcovado Mountain, Santa Teresa’s art district, Copacabana Beach, Sambadrome, and Maracanã Stadium. Visitors pressed for time can pre-book skip-the-line Sugarloaf entrance with priority access to the cable car.

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Skip the Line: Fast Pass Ticket Bondinho Pão de Açúcar

Traveler Favorite

Skip the Line: Fast Pass Ticket Bondinho Pão de Açúcar
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$44.07 per adult
Wow!
Fantastic trip. We went mid week, late morning. Not at all busy. Skip the line pass worked really well. Taken to air conditioned waiting area and given cold drinks before boarding the cable car. Straight on, no queue involved. Spent several hours on Sugarloaf enjoying the views. Plenty shaded areas, drink and food. Took a stroll through the forest at the top. Wonderful experience not to be missed.
SIMON, Feb 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Rio de Janeiro

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BEST Tour Guide in Rio!
DARLENE, Jun 2021
Rio Express - Christ the Redeemer & Sugarloaf Mountain
Jal was an amazing tour guide! He is so knowledgeable about the history of Rio and Brazil... he's also very funny so we had a great time! You will not be disappointed with this guy as your guide 😁
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Better late than never
Alice_L, Nov 2020
Christ Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain and Selarón Steps 6-Hour Tour
Was late for tour start and organizer was very accommodating. They do not pickup in Central hotels so compromises there also. I was able to see all the attractions as advised and guides were great
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Highly recommended
Mark_F, Feb 2020
Rio Express - Christ the Redeemer & Sugarloaf Mountain
Excellent trip with very good guide. It was worth getting to Christ the Redeemer early to avoid the queues. Everything was well organised.
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Bucket List
ssf79, Feb 2020
Christ Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain and Selarón Steps 6-Hour Tour
Beautiful tour with a little bit of everything. Was very nice, Melanie and Marco were great! Would not recommend for anyone that cannot walk much. My mother is 73 and she had a hard time. We thought we wouldn’t get to see the Christ the Redeemer because of the fog but we were able to get a few great pictures! Would definitely recommend this tour!
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Really helped to get in fast and priority queue well managed
rakeshd82, Dec 2019
Skip the Line: Fast Pass Ticket Bondinho Pão de Açúcar
Really worked well. There were well Managed priority queue and we had a great experience without waiting for hours
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Redeemer, Seleron, Sugarloaf Tour
victor1tom, Oct 2019
Christ Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain and Selarón Steps 6-Hour Tour
Extremely thorough & friendly booking process. All aspects of Tour were well executed and perfectly according to plan. Driver & Guide were very professional and accommodating. Time at the 3 Sites was just right- did not feel rushed and the overlook made us feel very safe & comfortable.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Sugarloaf Mountain is a must-see for first-time visitors to Rio de Janeiro.

  • Choose between skip-the-line admission and a small-group or private tour of the mountain.

  • Kiosks at the top of the mountain serve snacks, sodas, ice cream, and caipirinhas.

  • Remember to bring sunglasses and a hat, as it may be bright at the top of the mountain.

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How to Get to Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf Mountain is a stop on almost every city tour, and most travelers get to the top by taking a cable car ride. Those with energy to burn can make the relatively easy hike up Urca Hill from the ground station to Morro da Urca (30 to 40 minutes), then ride the second cable car to the top. Buses 511 and 512 stop at the ground station on Avenida Pasteur.

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When to Get There

Weekend afternoons tend to be the most crowded at Sugarloaf Mountain, with the longest cable car lines and the biggest crowds at the top. To avoid the lines and heat, plan for a morning tour. For one of the most impressive views the city has to offer, visit on a clear day just before sunset.

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An Adventurous Ascent

Rock climbers from around the globe come to Rio for a chance to scale Sugarloaf Mountain, where 40 routes of varying difficulty lead to the top. Guided climbing tours outfit participants with all gear and equipment necessary to make the ascent with no previous experience required.

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