Sugar Loaf Mountain

Elevation (feet): 1,296
Elevation (meters): 395
Continent: South America
Country: Brazil
Range/Region: Southern Brazilian Highlands
Latitude: -22.95
Longitude: -43.15
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Nearest major airport: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Convenient Center: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazil's Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar, or Pão de Açúcar in Portugese) is a great granite peak that towers at the entrance to Guanabara Bay, within the city limits of Rio de Janeiro. The summit offers a splendid view of the city and its beaches.

Sugar Loaf is a popular tourist attraction and one can reach the top via cable car. However, there are more than 270 climbing routes of varying lengths and difficulties on Sugar Loaf and neighboring peaks Morro da Babilônia (Babylon Mountain) and Morro da Urca (Urca's Mountain). Together, these peaks comprise one of the largest urban climbing areas in the world.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 11 trip reports for Sugar Loaf Mountain.

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  • Log #7223 - by mike mcgee on July 29, 2004
    great time, life is good italiano
  • Log #7224 - by jane on Apr 06, 2003
    Amazing views.....managed to see the Cristo Redeemer statue taking a sneaky peek at us through a break in the clouds.
  • Log #7225 - by D. Nichols on Oct 13, 2002
    Beautiful view. Climbing SugarLoaf and Corcovado were wonderful experiences. Rio is definately one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
  • Log #7226 - by Sergio Maciel on Apr 13, 2002
    I always climb this peak. ( Saturday and Sunday )
  • Log #7227 - by Adriano Petrachi on Feb 04, 2002
    Via dos Italianos.
  • Log #7228 - by BJ Null on Oct 27, 2001
    Great climb with terrific views. It took about 6 hours to do. Italianos route.
  • Log #7229 - by Rick Fisher on Aug 20, 2001
    Best climb I ever did! The classic Italian route is the best. mostly 5.9 with some good 5.10 and awful traverses! Go for it! Rick
  • Log #7230 - by Joao Vieira on May 12, 2001
    Sugar Loaf have several routes from a easy first grade to several routes in seventh grade. The easy access and the size allow climber several routes in one day.
  • Log #7231 - by Rob Checkley on Apr 28, 2001
    I was particularly impressed by Sugar Loaf mountain. Coming from London where you can get to the top of the highest hill by falling over, the Sugar Loaf was most astonishing. I also beat my colleagu,...
  • Log #7232 - by Alan Towersey on Feb 17, 2001
    There are various roots from easy to dificult climbs , at the summit there are bars and all but take water cause it is freaquently very hot . I am going to peru and bolivia from 15 july to 17 august...
  • Log #7233 - by Yoshi Feldmeier on Feb 13, 2001
    17 Reais (about 8 US$) you have to pay to get up, that's not accetable. The view is not that good. From the Corcovado it's much more beautiful.