Top 5 unique places to watch the sunset in Rio

Sunsets in Rio de Janeiro are truly beautiful as you watch the sky turn into bright oranges and reds, the sea glisten in the last light of the day and the mountains forming an impressive dark backdrop to the city. With your Christmas and New Year’s Eve vacation just over 13 weeks away, watching the sunset in Rio de Janeiro is perhaps one of the best moments to witness as the sun kissed city of Rio converts into a lively and rhythmic nighttime destination.

We have compiled a list of the top 5 unique places to watch the sunset in Rio, away from the usual spots in the Marvelous City such as Sugarloaf Mountain and Corcovado, adding to the exclusivity of your vacation experience in Rio de Janeiro.

Before we get started, remember that our tours in Rio de Janeiro are in a private service so we can arrange for your tours to take place during sunrise or sunset, allowing you to soak up the natural beauty of Rio.

Sunset in Rio

Watch the magnificent sunset over Rio / Source

♦ Vista Chinesa

The Vista Chinesa is an oriental style pavilion perched 1,246ft. in the verdant Tijuca Forest at the ascent of the Alto da Boa Vista. Offering stunning views of the city of Rio de Janeiro, the monument was erected in 1903 to honor the Chinese immigrant population of Rio de Janeiro. As one of South America’s grandest Chinese monuments, the award-winning gazebo is one of the best places to watch the sunset away from the crowds in Rio. The tranquility of the Chinese Viewpoint, allows you to really appreciate the unrestricted view of the Lagoon below, Zona Sul, Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer and the surrounding Tijuca Forest as the sunsets over the Marvelous City.

Chinese Viewpoint, Rio de Janeiro

The romantic spot of Vista Chinesa / Source

♦ Pedra do Arpoador

Located on the border between Ipanema and Copacabana is Arpoador Rock which projects out into the Atlantic Ocean giving you unrestricted 360-degree views to enjoy. As one of Rio’s most romantic spots to watch the sunset there’s no better place to be. On one side you’ll be able to see the glistening, golden sands of Arpoador, Ipanema and Leblon beaches as well as Morro Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers Hill), Corcovado Mountain and Pedra da Gávea (Gávea Rock) behind it. To the other side of Arpoador Rock, you’ll see Copacabana Beach, Copacabana Fort, Leme and Sugarloaf Mountain. At rare times during the midsummer months, you’ll be able to see the sun setting into the sea, something which is near impossible in most places in Rio. Arpoador Rock is one of the most impressive sites that it is not uncommon for the locals to applaud the sunset spectacle.

Arpoador Rock

Watch Rio’s sunset from Pedra do Arpoador / Source

♦ Urca Neighborhood

As you make your way to Sugarloaf Mountain, you will more than likely pass through the traditional and affluent neighborhood of Urca. This beautiful neighborhood with some of Rio’s oldest streets is a hidden gem when it comes to watching the sunset in Rio de Janeiro. As the city lights turn on around you, and you watch the oranges and reds of the sunset over the harbor, take a relaxing walk along Urca’s promenade. A great place to stop-off at is called Bar Urca which has an incredible setting near Urca’s bayside waterfront. Soak up the atmosphere and beauty of Rio’s sunset by taking a seat on the seaside wall opposite the understated Bar Urca as waiters bring your drinks and appetizers adding to your sunset in Rio experience.

Bar Urca, Rio de Janeiro

Relax & watch the sunset in Rio at Bar Urca / Source

♦ Guanabara Bay

Rio’s beauty can be marveled at from all directions and a unique way to appreciate the splendor and magnificence of Rio de Janeiro during sunset is gazing at its skyline and diverse landscape from the calm waters of Guanabara Bay. While you’ll have plenty of time in Rio de Janeiro to admire the expansive views from high above the city at Sugarloaf Mountain or Corcovado Mountain and from Rio’s hidden beaches; seeing Rio from the water is an experience like no other. Going on a boat ride in Guanabara Bay, you’ll be able to see the city’s lights turn on, the reds and oranges of the sunset hit Rio’s buildings and have an infinite view of Rio’s incredible landscape and beachfront. While enjoying one of the most beautiful and dramatic settings of any city in the world, you’ll be able to take spectacular photos of Rio’s cityscape backed by Sugarloaf and Corcovado Mountain.

Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro

Get a unique view of Rio at sunset on a boat in Guanabara Bay / Source

♦ Porto Bay Hotel

The Porto Bay Hotel in Rio de Janeiro is one of our favorite hotels in the city. Not only does its Copacabana beachfront location mean that you can step out onto one of the world’s most famous beaches but it offers some of the best views of the sunset in Rio. The new rooftop pool gives panoramic views of Rio’s famous bay with Copacabana Beach in the foreground and Christ the Redeemer in the background. It is from this exclusive location on top of the Porto Bay Hotel that many argue has the best seat in the city to watch the world famous New Year’s Eve celebrations. With sea view deluxe rooms and suites, after a thrilling day exploring the sights and sounds of Rio or relaxing on the golden sands on the hotel’s doorstep, you can even watch the sunset from the comfort of your room as you get ready for Rio’s nightlife and samba beats once the sun has gone down.

Porto Bay Hotel, Rio de Janeiro

A room with a view at Porto Bay Hotel / Source

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