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The Sugar Loaf via Cable Car is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,223 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

nature trips


bird watching



partially paved


wild flowers


This peak can be reached a few different ways: by cable car only, by a mix of hiking and cable car, or by climbing/hiking up the mountain. Please do your research to determine the best route for you. Enjoy scenic panorama on the Cidade Maravilhosa (marvellous city) from the top of the world famous Sugar Loaf. Sugar Loaf is the most famous peak in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is located at the mouth of Guanabara Bay and rises 396 metres (1,299 ft) above the harbor. In the 1979 James Bond movie, Moonraker, a famous fight between Jaws (played by Richard Kiel), 007 (Roger Moore) and the agent's ally, Dr. Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles) was filmed on this cable car. This scene with fantastic background scenic views on Rio de Janeiro has contributed to the fame of the site.

Sun Jan 06 2019

Very easy trail. 30 min max. Now they’ve built stairs!

Tue Jul 31 2018

According to the hike up Urca Hill is not difficult, but says that the hike up Sugarloaf Mountain indicated on the trail map should carry this warning: "This track is generally considered a climb and not a hike. There is a fair amount of scrambling up exposed rock faces (you slip and fall, you die) and a section of trail that requires you to climb a 20 meter vertical section of rock (Costão do Pão de Açúcar). Most people use ropes and climbing gear to reach the summit (you probably should too)." So this loop should not be labelled EASY. If you don't have gear, probably it is best to climb Urca Hill and to take the cable car from there up to Sugarloaf and back (about half price, since you won't need to take the first cable car from the base up to Urca Hill).

Tue Mar 13 2018

Awesome hiking in a sunny day

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