Incredible Brazilian Landmarks, No 2: Sugarloaf Mountain
Slightly more impressive than our own Sugarloaf Mountain here in Ireland, the one in Rio de Janeiro is an amazing piece of natural beauty.
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The Sugarloaf Mountain 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 harbour, it's name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined loaf sugar.
It is the single biggest tourist attraction in Rio and has a cable-car ride which allows visitors some breathtaking views and was used in the James Bond film, Moonraker for the battle scene between the character 'Jaws' and, of course, Roger Moore playing 007.
Reaching the top of Sugar Loaf is actually done in two stages. The first car ascends over 700 feet up Urca Hill affording marvellous views of Corcovado Mountain, the Niteroi Bridge and Guanabara Bay. Transferring to a second car then elevates you an additional 1,300 feet to the top where spectacular views of Copacabana and other beaches can be admired. Plan on about a four-hour round trip. The bubble shaped cars give tourists spectacular 360 degree views of the city of Rio.
It is also a venue for serious rock climbers. In fact, alongside the Sugarloaf, the neighbouring Babylon Mountain and Urca's mountain combine to make this area one of the largest urban climbing areas in the world.
Sugar Loaf Mountain is a timeless attraction which should be taken advantage of by all who visit Rio. The views are stunning, the photo opportunities are endless, and most of all the experience…..priceless!
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