Half-day Tour of Rio and Sugar Loaf Mountain
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Scenic drive: On your drive through the city, your guide will point out places rich in history, including Church of Our Lady of Candelaria, the opera house, Carioca Square, Rio's double-decker Roman-style aqueduct, and Flamengo Park.
- Rio's cathedral: Stop to explore the cone-shaped Metropolitan Cathedral, a modern salute to the Mayan pyramids. This glass and steel building has four stained glass windows that reach from floor to ceiling – a span of 210 feet.
- Sugar Loaf Mountain: Head up nearly 1,300 feet to enjoy the views atop the mountain named after the shape of the storage container for Brazilian sugar.
About this Rio de Janeiro tour
Rio de Janeiro is a cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city), known for its endless beaches, parties, and populated by women in practically nonexistent bikinis. But there's more to Rio than its sultry samba rhythms. There's history and striking architecture to be found here, something you can discover while exploring the city from street level.
But to appreciate all of Rio, perhaps the best way is aboard a cable car suspended nearly 1,300 feet overhead. Sugar Loaf Mountain – Pao de Acucar to the locals – offers an amazing vantage point. The two cable cars it takes to get there offer half the fun … particularly for fans of 007 himself, James Bond, who nearly got thrown from one by the dentally challenged Jaws in the film Moonraker.
The first car takes you 722 feet up to Morro da Urca, where you'll find shops, snack bars, a restaurant, and views of Guanabara Bay and the coastline. Climb into the second cable car to reach the zenith at Pao de Acucar, and prepare to have your breath taken away. The views over Rio are unlike any you've ever seen, where a sprawling metropolis seems to spill down from the mountains and into the sea.
Looking at you below, from his perch atop Mount Corcovado, is the 124-foot tall Christ the Redeemer statue. And no, he's not judging you for the caipirinha in your hand (purchased from the nearby drink stand). He's probably admiring the view, too.
A sweet idea for Sugar Loaf Mountain
During the peak of Brazil's sugarcane trade in the 16th century, blocks of sugar were placed in clay conical molds for shipping, the same shape as the mountain that came to be named Sugar Loaf. But it wasn't until 1907 that a Brazilian engineer had the idea to transport people up the mountain via cable cars. The first tram opened in 1912, and it was made of coated wood. It wasn't until 1972 that steel cars made their way up the mountain.
Please proceed pier side to meet your guide. Please look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoBe Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
It is reasonable to expect long lines at the Sugar Loaf cable car station. The joys of being popular. As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind. Due to ongoing construction itinerary alterations and routes may change based on traffic situations and regulations in Rio. This is out of the control of the tour operator; however, they will endeavor to run tours as described with minimal changes.
Sugar Loaf has ramps and elevator for wheelchairs. Cable Cars have capacity for 58 passengers a time and are wheelchair accessible. Vehicles are not wheelchair accessible.
Scenic, Private Tour, Family Friendly
Sedan or Van
English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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