Best time to visit Rio de Janeiro

Watching the Sunset in Rio de Janeiro

The atmosphere and the magnificent landscape of the city make​ Rio a perfect place to enjoy the sunset

Best time: November–February

Watching the Sunset
Watching the Sunset
Watching the Sunset
Watching the Sunset

The beautiful natural lighting, the hills and beaches, the buildings, the ocean—all this and more makes Rio a special spot during sunset. There are dozens of places in Rio to enjoy the spectacle of the sun slowly gliding down the sky and vanishing behind the dark mountains.

The most popular of them is probably the Arpoador beach where from November to February you can watch the sun dive into the ocean. Hundreds of people gather here to see this spectacle which is rare for Rio since it faces the ocean in the South. On Arpoador beach people applaud the setting sun. Sugarloaf Mountain is another place with a wonderful view on the Two Brothers, Pedra da Gávea, the city center and Niteroi.

And finally, there's the Lagoa, a place to witness the sunset while enjoying a late picnic or a glass of wine. On the Eastern part of it, there's plenty of green spaces where you can sit back and relax while watching the re​flection of the sun disappearing​ behind the Two Brothers into the water.

Practical info

What is the ideal time to observe the sunset in Rio de Janeiro?

Rio de Janeiro is best visited between November to February to enjoy watching the sunset. It is a visually alluring time to witness the sunset reflecting on the ocean's surface, providing a picturesque range of colors in the sky. Added to the moment's beauty, the months also provide sunny and warm weather conditions, ensuring comfort during the experience. Show more

Besides Arpoador beach, what are the other excellent spots to witness the sunset in Rio de Janeiro?

Apart from Arpoador beach, Rio de Janeiro provides several other breathtaking locations to witness the sunset's glamour. Sugarloaf Mountain, displaying panoramic views of landmarks like Two Brothers, Pedra da Gávea, and the city center. Lagoa, a calm and serene location to enjoy a late picnic or savor wine while watching the sun disappear behind Two Brothers, provides another awe-inspiring location to observe the sunset. Show more

What is the view from Sugarloaf Mountain like during sunset?

The scenery becomes picturesque during sunset from Sugarloaf Mountain, showcasing Rio de Janeiro, including its mountains, sea, and city lights flickering as the sun disappears behind the backdrop. The colors of the sunset's orange and pink hues provide a unique glowing essence that showcases the Christ the Redeemer statue and Guanabara Bay's authenticity. Show more

What do I need to make sure I have with me for a sunset picnic at Lagoa?

A sunset picnic at Lagoa requires a few essentials, including a picnic blanket, light snacks, sandwiches, and beverages like wine or champagne. Plus, you should pack something warm to beat the temperature drop like a sweatshirt, jacket or blanket. Additionally, don't forget important items like garbage bags and containers to dispose of waste after the picnic. Show more

Are there any cultural events taking place during sunset in Rio de Janeiro?

Rio de Janeiro offers a perfect blend of culture, art, and music. During sunset, the city offers musical activities backed by cultural elements held in different locations like Arpoador, Praia Vermelha, and Leme. In addition, tourists can join local capoeira performances, the traditional Brazilian martial art that combines music and acrobatics. Beach bars offer a festive atmosphere with live music, enhancing the sunset experience. Show more

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin