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Rio's Sugarloaf cable car celebrates 100th birthday

Rio's Sugarloaf cable car celebrates 100th birthday
29 Oct 2012

The famous Sugarloaf cable car in Rio de Janeiro is now 100 years old.

Used to transport visitors to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, the aerial tramway became the world's third passenger cable car system when it was launched in October 1912.

Iconic visitor attraction Sugarloaf Mountain is a 395-metre tall granite peak that towers above the Brazilian city's Guanabara Bay.

Maria Ercilia Leite de Castro, head of the privately-owned Sugarloaf Aerial Tramway company, told the AFP news agency that the original cable car system ran for 60 years.

It was then replaced with a new glass cable car designed to give passengers a 360-degree view of the city and surrounding mountains.

Approximately 1.5 million tourists are expected to visit Sugarloaf Mountain this year.

The number of people travelling to Rio is expected to increase significantly over the next few years, as the city will host both the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the Olympics Games in 2016.

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