Pão de Açúcar

Pão de Açucar (Sugarloaf)

The Sugarloaf, or Pão de Açucar in Portuguese, is one of the world’s most famous attractions and a real highlight when doing sightseeing in Rio de Janeiro. Thousands of people take the cable car each day to visit this peak which is 396 meters above sea level. No wonder, as the view is dazzling and the ride in the cable car is quite an experience, too.

Visit the Sugarloaf

Bus: Take the bus number 511 from Leblon, Ipanema or Copacabana.

Address: Avenida Pasteur, 520-Urca

If you go by cab, just ask the driver to take you to Pão de Açucar, he’ll drop you off in front of the ticket office. There’s also a parking lot in case you have your own car. See the map below for further information.

To get to the top of the Sugarloaf, you have to take two cable cars. The cable car is actually a pretty fun ride but do consider to skip the first cable car and hike Morro da Urca instead. From there, you can still take the second cable car to the Sugarloaf. Read more about the Morro da Urca hike!

If you decide to do the whole trip with cable cars, you will first take a cable car to Morro da Urca which is 220m from the cable car station. On Morro da Urca you can walk around quite a lot and learn about the Sugarloaf, the cable car and its engineers. Do plan some time to relax here, there are many restaurants, shops and a large area with comfortable chairs and tables from where you can enjoy a beautiful view over the entire city of Rio de Janeiro. It’s perfect for a lunch break before continuing up to the Sugarloaf – or after coming down….

From Morro da Urca, you take another cable car to the Sugarloaf. It’s a journey of 528m which lasts more or less 3 minutes. The cable cars leave every 20 minutes.

On the Sugarloaf, you will have an even more complete view of Rio de Janeiro, including Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon in the Southwest, Botafogo, Flamengo and Downtown Rio in the West, Guanabara Bay and the bridge to Niteroi in the North and last but not least Niteroi in the Northeast. On a clear day, you will also be able to see a lot of others big peaks in Rio, for example Dois Irmãos (the Two Brothers hill), Pedra da Gávea, Corcovado (with Christ the Redeemer), Pico da Tijuca, Bico do Papagaio  and Dedo de Deus (God’s finger), a big peak in Teresópolis about 60 km from Rio de Janeiro.

Prices:Adults: R$62.00; 6-21 or over 60 years: R$ 31,00;
Under 6 years: free

Opening hours: daily 8am to 10pm

Telephone: (21) 2546-8400

For more information click here.


If you want to get great pictures, go in the afternoon and wait for the sunset. This way you get pictures during daytime and of the sunset.

If you’re looking for more things to do in Rio de Janeiro, check out our Sightseeing Category!