Sugarloaf Mountain: Facts About the Peak in Rio de Janeiro

Here are some facts about Sugarloaf Mountain.

  • There are more than 400 hills, peaks and mountains called Sugarloaf, but this page refers to the one in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

  • It is located next to Guanabara Bay on an Atlantic Ocean peninsula.
  • Sugarloaf rises more than 390 metres above the bay.
  • It is thought to look like a sugarloaf, a concentrated domed block of refined sugar.
  • A cable car system can take more than 60 people at a time from a ground station to the peak as part of a 1.4 km route.
  • The cable cars were introduced in 1912.
  • The cable cars are bubble shaped and made in Switzerland. They allow passengers to get stunning views of the city.

Sugarloaf Mountain

  • Sugarloaf is very popular among rocks climbers.
  • The mountain appears in the James Bond film Moonraker.
  • Sugarloaf Mountain is formed from one block of granite (it’s a monolith) and supports very little vegetation on its upper slopes.
  • It is estimated that more than 35 million people have ridden the Sugarloaf Mountain cable cars since they were opened.

What next? Check out more mountain facts by visiting our mountains resources page.