By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Bondinho do Pão de Açúcar – the Sugarloaf Mountain cable car – celebrates its centenary this Saturday, October 27th. Indisputably one of Rio’s most iconic landmarks and most successful tourist attractions, it is also one of the longest-standing constructions of its type in the world, and the oldest in Brazil. Sugarloaf Mountain offers unrivaled panoramic views across Rio, photo by Christian Haugen/Flickr Creative Commons License. Depending on the season, it can attract up to 6,000 tourists every day. During the special 100th birthday weekend some 5,000 tourists are expected to descend on the attraction, located in Urca in Rio’s Zona Sul (South Zone), and every hundredth guest will receive a special souvenir gift. Birthday cake will be offered to those turning up between 10AM and 5PM on Saturday. Sunday’s celebrations will be a little more poignant, with an exhibition of photographs dating back from the days of the cable car’s construction to its final inauguration. Back in 1908 engineer August Ferreira Ramos initially had a hard time convincing investors of the audacious project’s potential, but the funding was eventually found and steel cables were fixed between the two granite hills, known as Morro da Urca and Morro Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain). The attraction finally opened in 1912 and gained the name bondinho, despite this literally translating as “tram”. The whole cable car infrastructure has since been rebuilt twice – first in 1972 and then in 2008. The journey is completed in two legs: the first travels 1732 feet (528 meters) to the top of the Morro da Urca, and the second goes a further 1299 feet (396m) to the top of Pão de Açúcar, which offers unrivaled panoramic views across Rio, with Guanabara Bay glistening below. The landmark’s more prominent visitors have included U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Albert Einstein and Pope John Paul II, and it also provided the iconic backdrop for 007‘s Moonraker in 1979 in which James Bond, played by Roger Moore, fights his nemesis, Jaws, on top of one of the cable cars. Read more (in Portuguese). * The Rio Times Daily Updates feature is offered to help keep you up-to-date with important news as it happens. 12 Responses to "Rio’s Sugarloaf Cable Car Turns 100: Daily" Pingback: The Babilônia Feira Hype at the Jockey Club in Gávea | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Record Numbers at Copacabana Reveillon 2013 in Rio: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Record Numbers for New Year 2013 | DLT News & Events Pingback: Spending Time in Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro's Bohemian Hilltop | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Sofitel Hotel Copacabana, a Luxury Stay in Rio | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: The 2013 Rio Marathon Runs Today: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Celebrating a Romantic Honeymoon in Rio | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Museu da Maré Receives Government Protection in Rio | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Canadian Consul General, Mr. Sanjeev Chowdhury is New Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Rio de Janeiro | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Record Numbers for New Year 2013 | Ritz-G5 Pingback: Rio Carioquinha Brings Discounts on Sights for Residents in August | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Urca: Rio's Peaceful Residential Neighborhood | The Rio Times | Brazil News Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.