Sugar Loaf — The name “Pão de Açúcar” was given by the Portuguese because in the ancient sugar mills after the sugar cane was squeezed, the liquid was put to drip into a cone-shaped mold that formed the cakes of sugar shipped to Europe.
Italian-made Cable cars carrying up to 25 people, introduced by the engineer Augusto Ferreira Ramos in 1912, take visitors to the top of the mountain in two stages of about 3 minutes each. The first stop is at Morro da Urca, a smaller mountain in front of Sugarloaf.
Pão de Açúcar also hosts shows, with many bands frequently playing on the top of the mountain.
If you want to enhance your Rio experience, there is an optional helicopter ride leaving from the Sugar Loaf. The shortest ride lasts 7 minutes flying over Corcovado, the Sugar Loaf and the beaches.