An exceptional combination, which includes the two most important tourist sites of the wonderful city; The Corcovado and the Sugar Loaf.
The Corcovado ("hunchback" in Portuguese) is one of the many reliefs of the city of Rio de Janeiro. It rises to 710 meters above sea level. It is famous for its summit that houses the statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the main symbols of the city and the country, as well as to offer a view of the entire southern area of the city.
Christ the Redeemer (O Cristo Redentor) is a large statue of Christ overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro, from the top of Mount Corcovado. It has become over the years one of the emblems of the city recognized throughout the planet, as well as the Sugar Loaf, the beach of Copacabana or the Rio Carnival.
Listed as a historic monument since 1973, Christ of Corcovado is one of the most popular tourist spots in Rio.
It is one of the most popular tourist activities in Rio de Janeiro. I make it even more attractive. Indeed, to visit the Sugar Loaf, I suggest you the option of going through Praia Vermelha, Pista Cautinho and finally the Morro da Urca hike.
The tour starts at Praia Vermelha. This sets the tone for the beauty of the place. The atmosphere and heavenly.
At the end of the beach on the left, there is an entrance to take the tarmac path of the ClÃ¡udio Coutinho pista. It is the obligatory passage, to start the hike which goes up to Morro da Urca. All that remains is to climb the 1250 meters.
It is not uncommon on this part of the road to meet small monkeys (Mico).
To reach the top of Morro da Urca, the hike consists of 5 steps, and takes a maximum of 45 minutes.
Be careful, the first 3 steps are formidable. It is important to start slowly so as not to exhaust yourself too much.
At the top, at Morro da Urca, you have a wonderful view of the beaches of; Leme, Copacabana, Ipanema, Botafogo, Flamengo.
We can also see the Pedra da GÃ¡vea, the imposing massif of Tijuca and the Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, the bay of Guanabara, with the bay of Botafogo, Downtown, Santos Dumont Airport, NiterÃ³i, Rio-NiterÃ³i Bridge, and back -plan of the Serra do Mar; the peak "finger of God".
You also have the BaÃa de Guanabara space. In this space, you have small shops and kiosks that sell sandwiches and cold drinks.
It is from this location that you can best see the Sugarloaf Mountain. The view there is incredible.
Chairs and benches are available for those who want to immortalize and enjoy more of this exuberant landscape.
The Sugar Loaf (PÃ£o de AÃ§Ãºcar), is a peak located in the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. It rises to 396 meters of altitude, and can be reached thanks to a device (Sugarloaf cable car).
The cable car connects the base of Morro da BabilÃ´nia to the first summit of Morro da Urca, 220 meters above sea level. Then he continues to the second summit of the Sugar Loaf. 700 meters long, this second section is equipped with panoramic spherical cabins that carry up to 65 passengers every twenty minutes for a three-minute ascent.
In 1912, the opening of an air route in Rio de Janeiro, included in the tourist map of Brazil, becomes famous as the "Bondinho do PÃ£o de AÃ§Ãºcar". Today, the image of this cable car has been fully integrated into the Rio landscape.
Built, operated and maintained by the company "Caminho AÃ©reo PÃ£o de AÃ§Ãºcar", the Sugarloaf station was created to entertain thousands of people in this privileged location. Famous for the beauty of its landscapes.
The Sugar Loaf Hill is almost untouched by any vegetation. It is actually a block of granite that pressure and temperature have changed over 600 million years ago.
The few remains of vegetation that it shelters are of tropical type, vestiges of the Atlantic forest with native animal species.