The Cable Car to Sugarloaf

Sugarloaf is an iconic peak bordering Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro. To get to the top of Sugarloaf, tourists must take two cable cars, the first from the station at Praia Vermelha (Red Beach), and the second from the station at Morro da Urca (Urca Hill). Urca is an acronym for Urbanização Carioca (Carioca Urbanization). The cable car ends at the top of Sugarloaf. According to my tour guide, the indigenous inhabitants called the peak Pau-nh-açuquã, and the Portuguese thought the name sounded like Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf). The cable car system was modernized by Cristovão Leite de Castro in 1972.

Praia Vermelha from Sugarloaf

Praia Vermelha from Sugarloaf

SOURCE: Praia Vermelha from Sugarloaf (Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 26 February 2017.

Morro da Urca

Morro da Urca

SOURCE: Morro da Urca (Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 26 February 2017.

Sugarloaf Station

Sugarloaf Station

SOURCE: Sugarloaf Station (Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 26 February 2017.

Cristovão Leite de Castro

Cristovão Leite de Castro

SOURCE: Cristovão Leite de Castro (Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 26 February 2017.

Copyright © 2017 by Stephen J. Danko

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