Sugar Loaf Mountain
Instead of climbing the Corcovado mountain in Rio, where the Christ the Redeemer statue sculpted by the French artist Paul Landowski is situated, I decided to take the little Swiss train that made quite a few stops on the way. Our elevation was accompanied by the wildest Brazilian rhythms of the band that was trying to make this journey even more memorable. The Corcovado mountain is located in the Tijuca Forest National Park (1961), which was replanted in the second half of the 19th century in a successful effort to protect Rio's water supply, after all the original forest had been destroyed to make way for coffee farms. The view opening from the top is absolutely breathtaking. One can see the whole of the Guanabara Bay, with Rio de Janeiro on one side and Nitteroi on the other. The iconic rock on the right is the Sugar Loaf Mountain, which received its name in the 16th century by the Portuguese during the heyday of sugar cane trade in Brazil. According to historian Vieira Fazenda, blocks of sugar were placed in conical molds made of clay to be transported on ships. The shape given by these molds was similar to the peak, hence the name. The rock is made up of granite and quartz and is 396 m high.
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