Rio de Janeiro is known for its natural beauty, the city winds its way around dense Atlantic rainforest, jagged mountains,
waves and a seemingly-endless curve of white sand beaches. Well…Mother nature has truly pulled out all the stops here, she also gives it one last dash of tropical panache with the cities sunsets. Beautifully the sun dips over the horizon on a clear day it paints the sky pink and orange and bathes the waters in a fiery gold beautiful colour, making a dazzling display. If you visit there are several key points in the city that allow visitors to catch the sunset display at its magnificent best ñ just add a caipirinha cocktail to get the senses truly tingling. Below are some of the best spots to catch Rio sunsets at their dazzling best.
Sugar Loaf mountain
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Rising some 400 meters out of the Atlantic ocean, Sugar Loaf (Pao de Acucar), offers stunning sunset views from its peak. Visitors make the dizzying ascent by cable car, this stops first at the smaller Morro da Urca, which allows time for a photo-snapping and breath-catching before heading to the top of Sugar Loaf itself. Have a caipirinha from one of the mountain-top bars, take in sweeping vistas over Guanabara Bay, Christ Statue and Corcovado Mountain, relax and blissfully watch as nocturnal city twinkles into life below you.
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Proof, if any were needed, that many of the finest things in Rio come for free. Where Ipanema and Copacabana beaches meet ñ known as Arpoador ñ sees a giant rock jut right out into the ocean, which allows you to see stunning views in all directions as the sun dips over the ocean. For romantic locals, this is a great spot to appreciate the sunset with a date.
Pedra da Gavea (Gavea Rock)
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If you are energetic enough to tackle an uphill hike along rough jungle trails, reward yourself with jaw-dropping views over this most staggeringly beautiful of city. The bays, beaches and mountains are spread out and when the sun begins to drop be sure to watch it, as it is amazing.
Praia do Pontal (Pontal Beach)
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While Ipanema and Copacabana are without doubt the most famous beaches in Rio de Janeiro, the most beautiful spots can be found well away from the tourist trail, like Praia do Pontal, this is a gloriously isolated beach to the west of Barra da Tijuca, this is a world away from the vendors and tourists packing the sands at Copacabana. You can book a private tour for an beach touring day, which takes you to nearby Prainha and Grumari, then later catch the sunset at Praia do Pontal.
Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas
Rioís vast, mountain-flanked city lake is a wonderfully romantic place to catch the sunset and relax. Set to host rowing events during the Rio 2016 Olympics, Lagoa, is ringed by a 7.5 kilometre cycling/walking/running trail, romantic types may prefer just to stop at one of the many bars and restaurants here to sip a drink as the sun drops behind the mountain and sets the water aglow.
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