Day: 6 (afternoon)
Temperature: 31 felt like 40Weather: bright sun, blue cloudless sky
___________________________________Brazil Tour Day 2 – Rio de Janeiro
We were driven a short distance away to Sugarloaf Mountain where its peak situated at the mouth of Guanabara Bay looked incredibly beautiful on a peninsula that stuck out into the Atlantic Ocean. The mountain rising 396 meters (1,299ft) above sea level got its name due to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined sugar loaf. Interesting fact!
To reach the top summit, one had to take two cable cars. The first ascended to the shorter Morro de Ašucar (Urca Mountain), 220 meters high. The second car ascended to Pao de Ašucar (Sugarloaf Mountain).
From the base, Michel and I with Tia right behind us boarded the glass-paneled cable car for our first ascend to the shorter mountain. The ride was extremely smooth in which everyone stood up in the cable car while holding on to various posts. It was quite exciting plus I kept moving all around the car admiring the views from many angles as we got higher and higher.
Within minutes, we were on the first mountain's summit, the Urca Mountain and proceeded to get out of the cable car and wandered around the area for a while as we digested the incredible landscape below us. Nearby, a helipad where numerous helicopters departed for panoramic flights around Rio was exactly the place we headed for our next exciting escapade!
Once back on land, we boarded our second cable car which elevated us to an additional 176 meters to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain where spectacular views below us of Copacabana and other beaches were admired on this gorgeous clear day as well as the Corcovado Mountain with the Christ Statue. We stayed here at the summit of Pao de Ašucar (Sugarloaf Mountain) for a good hour and a half walking around and simply relaxing being on top of cloud nine. A restaurant was also on site and souvenir shops. :-)
In summary, the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain was a timeless attraction where views were absolutely stunning, photo ops endless and most of all, the experience…..priceless!