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History and Curious Facts

In 1912, the launch of an aerial tramway system in Rio de Janeiro added to the Brazilian tourist map an enterprise that would become famous worldwide: the Sugarloaf Cable Car. Today, the view of the constant come and go of the bondinhos is a part of the city’s landscape.
The Sugarloaf tourist complex was built by the Companhia Caminho Aéreo Pão de Açúcar, which still operates and maintains it. Designed to entertain thousands of people at a privileged location, the park is blessed by its panoramic beauty.
The Sugarloaf mountain, a trademark of Rio de Janeiro, has very little vegetation on its slopes. It consists in a single massive block of granite-derived stone, molded by atmospheric pressure and temperature along its 600 million years of age.
Typically the sugarloaf is surrounded by tropical vegetation, in particular remnants of the Atlantic forest containing native species that are extinct in other areas of the Brazilian coast.

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 […]

Building of the second line

The same operation was used to launch the cables and place the cable car on the second section of the ride, from Morro da Urca to the Sugarloaf mountain. This second part is 750 meters long and 396 meters high, […]

The cable car

Augusto Ferreira Ramos, a Brazilian engineer born on August 22, 1860, was General Coordinator of the historic 1908 National Exhibition, held on Praia Vermelha to celebrate the centennial anniversary of Brazil’s opening its ports to friendly nations and had the […]


Today, two independent large-scale aerial tramway systems operate in the Sugarloaf complex, with two cable cars on each line, running in jig back. This new system increased transportation capacity from 115 to 1,360 passengers per hour. The cable cars roll […]


The current lines are equipped with highly sensitive safety devices containing alarms at all key points of the installation. An inspection and survey trip is taken every morning to assure that everything is in order before first passengers arrive. The […]

Origin of the name

There are several versions for where the name Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf) came from. According to historian Vieira Fazenda, the Portuguese named the mountain Pão de Açúcar inspired by the fact that inorder to transport sugar to Europe during the […]


As all ancient monuments, the Sugarloaf also has its legends. A 200-meter image seen on the side of the Sugarloaf cliff shows the silhouette of an elderly man called the “Guardian of the Stone”. As the story goes, it is […]

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