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A Landmark of Rio de Janeiro

Because of its shape, its privileged location, its presence in the history of the city, and the original way to access its summit, the Sugarloaf is a natural, historic and tourist landmark of the city of Rio de Janeiro.
A natural landmark because its peak is located at the entrance of the Guanabara Bay and is a visual reference to sailors and pilots.
A historic landmark because it was at the foot of the Sugarloaf mountain that Estácio de Sá founded the city of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro on March 1st, 1565. Having arrived in Rio on February 28, 1565, he started what was to become “the wonderful city” on March 1, between the Cara de Cão and the Pão de Açúcar hills. The location provided a great defense point, not only for being observation spot for boats coming in and going out of in the bay, but also for allowing identification of invaders on land.
A tourist landmark because the launch of the Sugarloaf aerial tramway in 1912 made the name and image of Rio de Janeiro famous across the entire world. The Sugarloaf cable car system was the first in Brazil and the third in the world, and leveraged the development of the tourism industry in the country. It is no wonder that it is called the Tourist Jewel of the Wonderful City.

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