View from Sugarloaf

Active, Art & Architecture, Beach
November 5, 2010 9:00 am

As New York gets colder, I can’t help but think how Karina’s new hemisphere is heating up. And so, my mind wanders to the beach town of South America: Rio de Janeiro.

On the gondola ascending Sugarloaf in Rio de Janeiro

Sugarloaf is one of Rio’s most famous landmarks after Christ the Redeemer. Tourists can take gondolas to different tiers on the mountain for these killer views of the city. Above, one of the gondola bases is visible as we ascend to the top. Below, Christ the Redeemer shows himself on the tallest peak directly in front of me, while to my right, another arm of the city swings into the ocean, surrounded by sailboats.

The view from atop Sugarloaf in Rio de JaneiroLooking to the right: The view from atop Sugarloaf in Rio de Janeiro

I know, I was thinking the same thing: What is a sugarloaf? Through the 19th century, brown cane sugar was packaged and bought in a huge cone and broken off in pieces to melt in your coffee. While I don’t think the Brazilian mountain bares any resemblance to a British Triangular Trade product, no one who gets to the top will remain concerned about the mountain for long. The views from its summit are clearly the reason it’s famous.

Resting on a bench atop Sugarloaf in Rio de Janeiro

Lazing on one of these benches with a Matte Leão and a friend is what lucky Rio locals call heaven in stay-cation form.

Tara for TKGO

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