Few things better demonstrate the skills of an engineer than an impressive cable car. And when it comes to avoiding the climb of a steep slope, there is nothing that comes close. Skiers and mountain bikers have reason to be grateful. And the same with Hollywood! The funiculars have filmed many classic action film fights, such as the one in Clint Eastwood's 'The Challenge of the Eagles', or the 007 'Moonraker' film, shot in the famous Rio Sugarloaf. de Janeiro. But not all the chairlifts that appear on this list were built for fun. Some solve serious traffic problems; while others, located in remote communities, are literally a lifesaver.
The most picturesque
The French chairlift Aiguille du Midi transports hikers and skiers from the city of Chamonix to almost the top of Mont Blanc, in a matter of minutes. For most people, the trip stops there. But the walk through the Vallée Blanche is even more spectacular, if possible. As you get up you can contemplate the wonderful landscape that is under your feet.
The fastest in the world
One of the most impressive cable cars on Earth is in Asia. Genting Skyway connects the city of Gohtong Jaya with the Genting resort of Malaysia. It is the fastest in the world, as it reaches a maximum speed of 21.6 km / h. In addition, it is also the longest in Southeast Asia.
The 21st century chairlift! It is the world's first two-story cable car that is convertible. In this way, passengers who get on it can enjoy 360º views. The final destination, by the way, is Mount Stanserhorn (1,900 meters).
Line of communication with the outside world
Most cable cars that we have highlighted here are amazing engineering works - and this one that we propose now is no exception. It is clear that Western security standards have not yet been implemented, but for the residents of Yushan, China, this 1 km long funicular is a valuable means of communication with the outside world - as long as you do not look down.
Freeway to cross the Thames
London has 34 bridges, so it can be thought that the city does not need more means to cross the River Thames. Error. In 2012, the Emirates Air Line chairlift was put into operation. It rises 90 m from the ground and, of course, is the most picturesque way to cross the river. It offers great views of the capital of the United Kingdom!
It's fair to say that Canadians are very proud of him. The PEAK 2 PEAK, which connects with the resorts 'Whistler Blackcomb', has the honor of being the longest cable car in the world without supports (3,024 m) and also the highest in this category (436 m).
Chinese engineering, part 2
This cable car was reputed to be the longest in the world, with a total length of 7,455 m and a rise of 1,279 m. But we are not sure if he keeps this title, since probably the one in La Paz will surpass him
Some cities have famous buildings, but Rio de Janeiro has its cable car, which provided a memorable fight scene in the James Bond movie 'Moonraker'. In a city that attracts tourists for its incredible beaches and monuments (such as Christ the Redeemer), the Sugarloaf funicular railway stands as one of the most iconic elements of the city.
Avoid traffic jams in La Paz
This we present now meets the needs of travelers. With 10 kilometers in length, it is considered that the funicular La Paz-El Alto is the longest in the world. It was built as a solution to the traffic congestion of the city and opened its doors in 2014.
The highest in the world
With rivals such as La Paz and the Aiguille du Midi (see point 2) it might seem difficult to choose the highest cable car in the world. But no. Definitely, the Mérida funicular (Venezuela) takes the cake! It begins at an altitude of 1,640 m and ends at 4,765 m. Awesome enough to die of altitude sickness.