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Sugarloaf Mountain promises the beautiful views without the trek

Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro gives you the most beautiful views without the premise of a huge trek.

Standing 396 metres above sea level, Sugarloaf promises you a 360 degree view of Rio de Janeiro below surrounded by Guanabara Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

The trip up to the peak is done in a two-stage cable car journey. The first cable car will take you 220 metres to the top of Urca Mountain, where you will have a birds eye view over the iconic Copacabana beach as well as the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. At this level, you can visit some of the gift shops and restaurants and if you're interested to know a bit more about this natural wonder, there is a small theatre with lots of informational videos on show.

From here, take the second cable car journey up to Pão de Açúcar, which offers the wonderful views of the world below. However, if you're nervous about heights, you might want to sit this stage out as you truly do feel on top of the world from this location. For those with shaky knees, you can sit down and just take in the view from the comfort of one of the fast food restaurants. For the more adventurous, there is a path around the top of the hill, with the best views certainly during sunset hours.

And if you're left on the ground whilst friends and family dare to head up to the peak of Sugarloaf mountain, there is plenty to do around there whilst staying on solid ground.

Visit Praia Vermelha beach and the nearby town, which is full of beautiful houses and even more stunning gardens.

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