Sunset at Sugar Loaf Mountain

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July 15th 2021
Published: July 16th 2021
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Sugar loaf mountain

Sugar Loaf, Portuguese Pão de Açúcar, landmark peak overlooking Rio de Janeiro Named for its shape, the conical, granitic peak (1,296 feet ) lies at the end of a short range between Rio de Janeiro and the Atlantic Ocean.

At its base is the fortress of São João.

The name Sugarloaf was coined in the 16th century by the Portuguese during the heyday of sugarcane of trade in Brazil. According to historians blocks of sugar were placed in conical molds made of clay to be transported on ships. The form of the peak reminded them of the well-known resulting”sugarloaf” shape, and the nickname has since been extended to be a general descriptor for formations of this kind

We took the cable car runs to its summit from the adjacent Urca Hill with a stunning bird's eye view of Rio de Janeiro from the mouth of Guanabara Bay. Copacabana Beach and Christ the Redeemer over Botafogo Bay.

There were many highlights of the tour but the glorious sunset was something very special.

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