Rio's Sugarloaf cable car is 100 years old

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FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2000 file photo, a cable car carries tourists along the route to Pao de Acucar (Sugarloaf) mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio de Janeiro is commemorating on Oct. 27, 2012 the 100th birthday of the iconic cable car that runs to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, one of Brazil's most visited landmarks. (AP Photo/DouglasEngle, File)
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FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2000 file photo, a cable car carries tourists along the route to Pao de Acucar (Sugarloaf) mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio de Janeiro is commemorating on Oct. 27, 2012 the 100th birthday of the iconic cable car that runs to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, one of Brazil's most visited landmarks. (AP Photo/DouglasEngle, File)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro is commemorating the 100th birthday of the iconic cable car that runs to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, one of Brazil's most-visited landmarks.

An estimated 40 million people have taken the cable car ride since its first two-stage trip up Sugarloaf on Oct.27, 1912.

To reach the top of the 1,300-foot (396-meter) mountain, visitors must first take a cable car to the 720-foot (220-meter) high Morro da Urca, and there switch to a second car for the rest of the trip, which gives a breathtaking view of Rio de Janeiro.

The 65-passenger cars take about three minutes to complete each stretch.

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