Pão de Açúcar, or the Sugar Loaf, looms over the perfect wine-glass bay of Botafogo, the next of the Guanabara Bay coves after Flamengo. Huddled around the boulder’s flanks is the suburb of Urca, home to a military barracks and the safest middle-class houses in Rio. Remnant forest, still home to marmosets and rare birds, shrouds the boulder’s sides and a cable car straddles the distance between its summit, the Morro de Urca hill and the houses below, making one of the continent’s most breathtaking views easily accessible. Urca and Botafogo have a few sights of interest and make convenient bases with decent accommodation and restaurant options, particularly in the lower price ranges.
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