25 Photos That Prove Rio De Janeiro is the Most Beautiful City in South America at Night

View from Gavea
View from Gavea | © Alex MacDowell / WikiCommons
Sarah Brown

From rugged, forest-carpeted peaks to golden, idyllic beaches, Rio de Janeiro’s natural wonders are bewitching during the day. Yet at night, the city’s icons become silhouetted against dramatic skies as urban life twinkles and illuminates the after-hour activity. Here are 25 photos that prove Rio is South America’s most beautiful city at night.

The Views From the Sugarloaf Are Spectacular at Night

Sugarloaf at night

From Whichever Angle

Sugarloaf at night

Rio Effortlessly Mixes Urban Life With Natural Beauty

From Mirante Marta Dona

It Also Has Extraordinary Sunsets

Sunset at Ipanema

Rio’s Stadiums Are Even More Impressive at Night

Maracana in Rio

Rio Celebrates the Most Incredible New Year’s Eve at Copacabana

New Year’s Eve at Copacabana

It Also Has Breathtaking Views Like This One From Corcovado

View from Corcovado

Christmas Time in Rio de Janeiro is Magical

Christmas in Rio de Janeiro

Rio’s Architecture Dazzles at Night

Municipal theater

As Does its Coastlines

Rio’s coastline at Flamengo

The Parties at Night in Rio Are Sensational

Rock in Rio

Gaze in Awe at Rio’s Skyline at Night

Vidigal at night

Rio Has Breathtaking Viewpoints at Night

View from Gavea

It Also Has a Beautiful Natural Lake That Lights When it Gets Dark…

Lagoa at night

…and Becomes Even More Incredible When it’s Night Time


Christ the Redeemer is Spellbinding, Whether He is Casting His Gaze Over Disappearing Day…

Christ the Redeemer

…or Overlooking Copacabana’s Firework Show

Christ the Redeemer and fireworks

Rio’s Landscapes at Dusk Are Pretty Amazing


So is This Jaw-Dropping Aerial View Over Rio

Aerial view of Rio

Rio’s City Center at Night is Striking

City center at night

These Views Are Truly One of a Kind

View towards Rio

Rio’s Coastline is Ridiculously Stunning at Night

Rio’s coastline

Arpoador in Rio Becomes Dramatic at Night

Arpoador at night

This Moody Skyline From Leblon

Skyline in Leblon

With Two of Rio’s Major Icons—Christ the Redeemer and the Sugarloaf—in One, Epic Shot, This Sums Up Just Why Rio de Janeiro is the Most Beautiful City in South America at Night

Iconic landmarks

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