The famous Sugar loaf consists of 2 peaks. The higher peak is Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf) and the lower one is Morro da Urca (Urca Hill).
The peaks are accessed by cable cars which were first commissioned in 1912 and were renovated in 1972.
My first visit here was in November 1999, I was to return again in February 2000.
As we reach the top the view just gets better and better, the cable car passes through a layer of dense cloud and the air becomes chilled, as we emerge the heat from the sun returns once more, a few more moments and we will be at our destination.
As so many others have done before me I carved my name on the trunk of a small tree, one day I will return to check if it is still visible!
Night time in Rio and a whole different look and atmosphere emerges, with the bright lights and the sound of music and laughter all around. Although there is a reputation for violence, I felt at ease walking at night.