Sugarloaf Mountain. The name makes it sounds like a dream, and to be honest it almost feels like a dream when you are up there.
Pão de Açúcar (in Portugese) is a monolith granite stone (one big rock) with very little vegetation on its slopes and is believed to date back 600 million years. The peak is situated 396 meters (1,299 ft) above the harbour at the mouth of Guanabara Bay in Rio De Janeiro. It is said to be named Sugarloaf as it resembles the traditional shape of concentrated refined loaf sugar.
People around the world flock to this mountain to ride the famous cable car and marvel at the stunning panoramic views of Rio. It takes two different cable cars to get to the top which both offer amazing 360 degree views that even those, like myself, who are afraid of heights will enjoy.
At the top there is a cafe/bar which serves up a pretty wicked Caipirinha (k-eye-per-reen-yah) which is the local drink. Be careful of your food and drinks though, the local monkeys are cheeky – and after helping themselves to my caipirinha, I’m fairly certain are alcoholics! If there is one thing you do with your time in Rio, it’s this.
To make it truly special, try getting there before sunset and having a few beverages at the top. The beautiful view coupled with that spectacular sunset glow – heaven on Earth!