Sunday, July 1, 2012

Pao de Açucar (Sugar Loaf Mountain)- SWEET!

There is one voyage, the first, the last, the only one." - Thomas Wolfe

Today we took a trip to Pao de Açucar (Sugar Loaf Mountain). Pao de Açucar is located near the Botafogo area of Brazil. The mountain is about 1300 feet high. You take two cable cars to reach the mountain. The first goes to Morro da Urca (Urca Mountain) and the next one takes you to Sugar Loaf. The views of Rio from the mountain are spectacular. You can see the Cristo Redentor statue, the beach areas of Copacabana and Ipanema as well as the long bridge which connects Rio with Niteroi. The mountain was named Pao de Açucar by the Portuguese in the 17th century when Brazil was the center of the sugar industry. The cane sugar was put in cone-shaped molds to be brought back to Europe by ship and the mountain resembled these "sugar loafs", hence the name. Very sweet, huh!

Pao de Açucar (Sugar Loaf Mountain)

The cable car ride up

The view of Botafogo and Central Rio

The view of the bay

The Cristo Redentor seen in the distance

Flamengo Beach

The area of Urca (the famous Brazilian singer Roberto Carlos lives here)

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