In accordance with the historian Vieira Fazenda, the Portuguese named the mountain Pão de Açúcar inspired by the fact that inorder to transport sugar to Europe during the peak of the sugarcane cycle in Brazil (sixteenth and seventeenth centuries), lumps of boiled and reduced juice obtained by pressing sugar cane were placed in cone-shaped clay molds called “sugarloaves” which resembled the famous mountain.
You’ll travel all the way to the summit in two steps by cable car. The first cable car takes us to Urca Hill, a vantage point 215 meters high for which already grants beautiful views of Botafogo & Flamengo beaches including the city center as well as the Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói Bridge and Corcovado Mountain.
From this stage, a second cable car takes us up to the top. At 396 meters where we will enjoy splendid views of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress and several beaches of Niterói.