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Go to the Botafogo metro station (exit C)

Combined Sugar Loaf and Arpoador

The combined Sugar Loaf and Arpoador is an excursion that allows you to visit two beautiful sights of Rio de Janeiro.

The day will be long and busy. Do not forget to bring your cameras or charge your cell phones. In case of forgetfulness, I offer anyway a photo service included in my visits. At the end of the day, customers are always surprised when they discover the quality of the photos I was able to take.

I always start my day with Sugarloaf, starting from Copacabana because we are only minutes away. Direction Botafogo, Urca, and the cable car is on the right just before reaching the red beach. It takes only a few minutes to get on the first rock. The visit is open every day of the year, but you should preferably target the days when the sky is clear. It is only during the Carnival period that it will be necessary to be patient because of the number of tourists in Rio. In this case, I recommend you to give up the cable car to climb rather on foot. It takes only 30 minutes, but you will not have access to the second rock (the Sugar Loaf).

The visit of the Sugar Loaf lasts about 1 h 30. Then, direction Ipanema - we arrive for our second visit: the Arpoador. The show is guaranteed...

Combined Sugar Loaf and Arp�ador

Sugar Loaf

The Sugar Loaf (Pão de Açúcar), is a peak located in the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. It rises to 396 meters of altitude, and can be joined thanks to a cableway.

The current cable car connects the base of Morro da Babilônia to the first summit of Morro da Urca, 220 meters above sea level. Then he continues to the second summit of the Sugar Loaf. 700 meters long, this second section is equipped with panoramic spherical cabins that carry up to 65 passengers every twenty minutes, for a three-minute ascent.


  • Capacity of the Cableway : 65 passengers
  • Height of Morro da Urca : 220 meters
  • Distance Red Beach/Morro da Urca : 538 meters
  • Height of Sugar Loaf : 396 meters
  • Distance Morro da Urca/Sugar Loaf : 749 meters


  • Box Office Praia Vermelha
  • Opening – 08 : 00 AM
  • Closure – 07 : 50 PM
  • Box Office Morro da Urca
  • Opening – 08 : 30 AM
  • Closure – 07 : 30 PM

Combined Sugar Loaf and Arpoador

The area of Baía de Guanabara

The Guanabara Bay area, on Morro da Urca, has restaurants, shops and kiosks that combine quality cuisine with an incomparable visual of Rio de Janeiro, all at an altitude of 227 meters..

You can enjoy this spectacular place for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even just coffee time.

Combined Sugar Loaf and Arpoador

History and characteristics of the Sugar Loaf

In 1912, the opening of an air route in Rio de Janeiro, included in the tourist map of Brazil, becomes famous as the "Bondinho do Pão de Açúgar". Today, the image of these cableways has been fully integrated into the Rio landscape

Built, operated and maintained by the company "Caminho Aéreo Pão de Açúcar", the Sugar loaf station was created to entertain thousands of people in this privileged location that is recognized for the beauty of its landscapes.

The Sugarloaf Hill is almost clear of all vegetation. It is actually a granite block that the pressure and temperature changed over 600 million years ago..

The few remains of vegetation that it shelters are of tropical type, vestiges of the Atlantic forest with native animal species.

Combined Sugar Loaf and Arpoador

Pista Claudio Coutinho

The paved road - also known as Bem-te-vi road and Estrada do Costão - has an entrance at the end of Praia Vermelha and extends for 1.25 km. During the walk the visitor walks on one side by the sea and on the other by the green Morro da Urca, observing native trees such as sequoia and fig trees. Wild animals can also be seen, such as marmosets and blood-bound birds, symbolic birds of the Atlantic forest.

The place is ideal for trekking, as it is forbidden to use bikes, skateboards and skates. The track also attracts the attention of adventure seekers.

Combined Sugar Loaf and Arpoador


Arpoador is a residential area of the city of Rio de Janeiro, located on the seafront, meeting the neighborhoods of Ipanema and Copacabana. It takes its name from the Pedra do Arpoador, a rocky promontory that marks the beginning of Ipanema Beach.

The Pedra do Arpoador offers a beautiful view of the beaches of Ipanema and Leblon. Many people, especially tourists, gather there to watch the sunset, which in summer disappears into the ocean.

On the seafront there is a military fort built on a rocky promontory overlooking Copacabana Beach, Devil's Beach (Praia do diabo), Parque Garota de Ipanema.

Arpoador is a popular place for surfing and bodyboarding, especially at the foot of the "Pedra do Arpoador" (post 7) where many teachers offer surf lessons all year round.

What's included

  • Visit to Sugar Loaf and Arpoador - 9 am to 2 pm
  • English speaking guide
  • Photos Service

What's not included

  • Lunch