Early, after breakfast I will take you to the cable car and join you up to the Sugar Loaf Mountain. Rising 396 metres above the harbor, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined loaf sugar. The mountain is only one of several monolithic morros of granite and quartz that rise straight from the water's edge around Rio de Janeiro. A glasspaneled cable car runs along a 1400-metre route between the peaks of Pão de Açúcar and Cara de Cão every 20 minutes. The original cable car line was built in 1912 and rebuilt in 1973 and in 2008. To reach the summit, passengers take two cable cars. The first ascends to the shorter Morro de Açúcar, 220 meters high. The second car ascends to Pão de Açúcar. The bubble-shaped cars offer passengers 360-degree views of the surrounding city. Each car takes you only three minute from start to finish. Departures are available every 20 minutes between 8am and 8pm.
In the 1979 James Bond movie, Moonraker, the villainous henchman Jaws attempts to kill 007 Roger Moore on a
cable car. However, Bond escapes and Jaws collides with the building at the bottom of the cable car route, demolishing the building but escaping unscratched. Afterwards you will continue your Rio experience by cruising through the Lapa district, with a visit to the Selaron stairs, and the Lapa Aqueduct. You will visit the center of Rio's redeveloped downtown, the very modern Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, which resembles a gigantic Aztec temple, passing by the headquarters of the state oil monopoly, Petrobras. Unfortunately, historic and modern buildings are surrounded by a profusion of cheap and quick high-rises due to poor preservation and zoning laws.
A drive past the Praça XV, and Cinelândia, the two principal squares downtown, witnesses to Brazil's complex history, is also previewed.
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