Rio de Janeiro: Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf) and Final Thoughts

On our final day in Rio, we ventured up to Pão de Açúcar, the mountain formation in the bay that is almost as iconic a sight as Cristo Redentor. This was a somewhat frightening adventure for me, since I’m terrified of cable cars, but I managed to survive FOUR different ones and make it all the way to the top of the upper mountain! There’s not a lot to say about it, other than the views are fantastic and it’s an absolute must if you’re ever in Rio.


View from the lower mountain.


Looking up towards the upper mountain.


Corcovado, where Cristo Redentor resides (you can just barely see him).


Can you say “terrifying” in Portuguese?


Looking back down the cables at the end of the upward journey.






On the backside of the upper mountain are several hiking trails. They looked tough, so we didn’t go far, but it was beautiful.



Incredible, no?

There were tons of other little things we enjoyed about Rio that didn’t warrant their own posts.* I could tell you about the sucos (juices) that you can buy on every street corner, the fresh pão de queijo (cheese bread) that makes my mouth water just thinking about it, the dinner we had in a Brazilian steakhouse where a German tourist group kept bursting into spontaneous song, the hippie fair in Ipanema that was the best arts and crafts fair ever… the list goes on and on.

*For more details about what to do in Rio, check out Julie’s blog, Alone With My Tea. She lives there, after all.

All in all, T and I both felt like we got as much out of our time in Rio as we possibly could. To be honest, if we had been choosing anywhere in the world to go on vacation, we probably would have chosen somewhere like Germany, or maybe Hawaii. I don’t think we would have ventured to Brazil if we hadn’t had friends living there who probably won’t be living there in another six months or so. But in the end, we’re so glad we did!

Can’t get enough of Rio? Read about how we managed to get ourselves there and coped with the language barrier, and the various sights we saw: Christ the Redeemer, downtown Rio, and the glorious beaches.


4 thoughts on “Rio de Janeiro: Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf) and Final Thoughts

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