8 thrilling cable car rides

These aerial trams provide scenic views and a healthy dose of excitement.

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Sugar Loaf Tram with Rio de Janeiro in the background Sugar Loaf Tram with Rio de Janeiro in the background (Photo: ostill / Shutterstock)

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Sugarloaf Tram, Brazil

Sugarloaf Mountain, Pão de Açúcar to locals, is a major part of Rio de Janeiro's skyline. People have been riding to the top of the granite peak by cable car for more than 100 years. The newest version of the tram was built in the 1970s, just in time to play a part in the James Bond film "Moonraker." The cars were renovated recently ahead of the World Cup.

The journey starts in Rio's Urca neighborhood and is divided into two sections. The first stop is at a station at Morro de Urca. Most people stop here and spend time in the restaurant or cafe before undertaking the second leg to the summit of Sugarloaf. The cars are quite large, and savvy riders know that they have to board first so that they can claim a window seat and not be stuck in the middle of the car.

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