Pão de Açúcar or Sugar Loaf Mountain is one of Rio's most famous landmarks. It is the best place to gain dramatic perspective on how sea and mountain range confront each other to create the natural beauty of the "Cidade Maravilhosa", as the city is known. Catch the thrilling funicular ride up the hill and float above Leme. The top commands a glorious view of the Guanabara Bay with the Botafogo beach to the North and Copacabana to the South, and the wild landscape of Rio proper in-between. Be sure to check out the old open-air cable car on display that was used in the '30s. There are vendors selling coconuts and juice, as well as a food and refreshments stand.
Attractions & Landmarks, Sports and the Outdoors