Sugarloaf Mountain (Brazil)

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Sugarloaf Mountain
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Elevation 1,299 ft (396 m)
Location
Sugarloaf Mountain is located in Brazil
Sugarloaf Mountain
Sugarloaf Mountain
Location in southeastern Brazil
Location Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Coordinates 22°56′55″S 43°09′26″W / 22.94861°S 43.15722°W / -22.94861; -43.15722Coordinates: 22°56′55″S 43°09′26″W / 22.94861°S 43.15722°W / -22.94861; -43.15722
Sugarloaf (background right) and Botafogo Beach
Sugarloaf view from Botafogo Beach

Sugarloaf Mountain (Portuguese: Pão de Açúcar) is a peak situated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the mouth of Guanabara Bay on a peninsula that sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean. Rising 396 metres (1,299 ft) above the harbor, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined loaf sugar.

Overview[edit]

The mountain is only one of several monolithic granite and quartz mountains that rise straight from the water's edge around Rio de Janeiro. A glass-walled cable car (in popular Portuguese, bondinho - more properly called teleférico), capable of holding 65 passengers, runs along a 1400-metre route between the peaks of Pão de Açúcar and Morro da Urca every 20 minutes. The original cable car line was built in 1912 and rebuilt around 1972/1973 and in 2008. The cable car leaves a ground station located at the base of the Babilônia hill, to the Urca hill and then to the Pão de Açúcar.

Origins of the name[edit]

The name "Sugarloaf" was coined in the 16th century by the Portuguese during the heyday of sugar cane trade in Brazil. According to historian Vieira Fazenda, blocks of sugar were placed in conical molds made of clay to be transported on ships. The shape given by these molds was similar to the peak, hence the name.

1907 - The Brazilian engineer Augusto Ferreira Ramos had the idea of linking the hills through a path in the air.
1910 - The same engineer founded the Society of Sugar Loaf and the same year the works were started. The project was commissioned in Germany and built by Brazilian workers. All parts were taken by climbing mountains or lift by steel cables.
1912 - Opening of the tram. First lift of Brazil. The first cable cars were coated wood and were used for 60 years.
1972 - This year the current template trolley was put into operation. This increased the carrying capacity by almost ten times.
2009 - Inauguration of the next generation of cable cars that had already been purchased and are on display at the base of Red Beach.

Reaching the site[edit]

To reach the summit, passengers take two cable cars. The first ascends to the shorter Morro da Urca, 220 meters high. The second car ascends to Pão de Açúcar.[1] The Italian-made bubble-shaped cars offer passengers 360-degree views of the surrounding city. The climb takes three minutes from start to finish. Departures are available every 20 minutes between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm and the fare is R$62 for an adult and R$31 for children ages 6-21 round-trip ticket to Pão de Açúcar.[2] Fares were increased January 1, 2014, from R$53 to R$62 (adult). A 10% "convenience fee" is added to the ticket price for online orders.[3]

It is no longer possible to hike halfway up to Morro da Urca and then take the cable car up to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. The Morro da Urca ticket office closed December 10, 2013. Hikers who attempt to ride the cable car at Morro da Urca will be turned around and told to hike all the way back down to the bottom station to purchase a ticket.

Rock climbing[edit]

Visitors can watch rock climbers on Sugarloaf and the other two mountains in the area: Morro da Babilônia (Babylon Mountain), and Morro da Urca (Urca's Mountain). Together, they form one of the largest urban climbing areas in the world, with more than 270 routes, between 1 and 10 pitches long. Some routes on Sugarloaf are:

  • Italianos, 5.10a, 2 pitches. Beautiful and well protected face climbing. It can be connected to other routes, in a total of 6 pitches to the top.
  • Stop Chimney, 5.6, 7 pitches. A classic runout but easy chimney.
  • Lagartão, 5.11c, 7 pitches. The first two pitches are traditional climbing, the rest is bolted.
  • Ibis, 5.10d A1, 10 pitches. Runout and committed. Some parties climb it in one day, sleeping on one of the ledges in the first half of the route.

Appearances in media[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Sugarloaf Mountain
View of the Sugarloaf from Christ the Redeemer
Cable Cars from Sugar Loaf Mountain. 
Higher aerial view, 1967. 
Sugarloaf Mountain as seen from seaward side, Christ the Redeemer seen in the background. 
View of Rio de Janeiro from the Sugar Loaf. 
Sugarloaf Mountain as seen from the Praia Vermelha (Red Beach). 
Botafogo Bay and Sugarloaf 
Sugarloaf seen from Novo Mundo Slope 
Sugarloaf Mountain 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lonely Planet: Rio de Janiero, page 76, Ricardo Gomes, John Maier Jr et al., 2006, Lonely Planet Publications, ISBN 1-74059-910-1
  2. ^ http://www.bondinho.com.br/en/prices-and-hours/
  3. ^ http://www.guicheweb.com.br/bondinho/

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