Since there’s very little to blog about and the Olympics are taking place in Brazil, I thought it logical to start a series of Brazil re-posts from our trip there in February 2012. The first is a tram ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio, from February 2012.
Seems Mr. EOS and I are on a Tram Tour of the World so when in Rio, what’s a couple to do other than hop aboard the cable car up to Pão de Açúcar or Sugar Loaf Mountain composed of granite and quartz.
Rising 1300 feet above sea level, Sugar Loaf got its name from the conical clay molds that its shape resembles.
Much to our guide’s surprise, there were no long lines today. Because we opted to go at lunch hour and the peak of the heat, many people were waiting until the end of the day (which is said to be the most beautiful time to take the ride up). Fine by us.
There’s a separate cable system for a utility car and a job that I can’t IMAGINE having. I mean, just LOOK at the man standing up in the car. I would have passed out in fear. It was hard enough for me to look down from the safety of an enclosed car!!
The journey to the top of Sugar Loaf involves two two separate cable car systems, a dog-leg right from the top of Morro da Urca. Urca is a beautiful and very desirable residential village below, the residents of which have exclusive rights to use Red Beach.
From atop…..views to Copacabana Beach, Red Beach, Botofogo beach (where the Yacht Club resides) and all of downtown.