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10 aerial trams with unmatchable views

By: Josh Lew on April 27, 2014, 12:19 p.m.
Sugarloaf Mountain Tram

Photo: Christian Haugen/Flickr

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Sugarloaf Mountain Tram, Rio de Janeiro

Sugarloaf Mountain, called Pão de Açúcar by Portuguese speakers, is an iconic part of the skyline of Rio de Janeiro. This towering granite rock formation rises about 1,300 feet above Guanabara Bay. Cable cars have been taking people up Sugarloaf for more than a century. Rio is a beautiful metropolis when seen in a panoramic view, and this peak is one of the best places to appreciate the city's unique mix of urban and natural scenery. The original turn-of-the-century tram system was completely rebuilt in the 1970s. This new incarnation was famously featured in the James Bond film “Moonraker.” The tramway was renovated in 2009, ahead of the upcoming FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. The cars are quite large, and savvy tourists will tell you to make sure to get a window seat so you can enjoy the best views.