Sugar Loaf Mountain

Sugar Loaf Mountain is a distinctive peak situated in Rio de Janeiro on the edge of Guanabara Bay. At 396 metres high, this granite and quartz monolith was a useful landmark for mariners seeking to enter the bay. Sugar Loaf Mountain’s name derives from its resemblance to the traditional shape of refined sugar and the fact that sugar cane was Rio de Janeiro’s main export during European occupation. In Portuguese, ‘Sugar Loaf’ is Pão de Açǔcar.

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