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

Picture of Sarah Brown
Updated: 11 May 2017
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
Sugarloaf at night | © Nan Palmero/Flickr

From Whichever Angle

Sugarloaf at night
Sugarloaf at night | ©Mark Goble/WikiCommons

Rio Effortlessly Mixes Urban Life With Natural Beauty

From Mirante Marta Dona
From Mirante Marta Dona | ©Rosino/WikiCommons

It Also Has Extraordinary Sunsets

Rio’s Stadiums Are Even More Impressive at Night

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

New Year’s Eve at Copacabana
New Year’s Eve at Copacabana | © dhani b|Riotur/Flickr

It Also Has Breathtaking Views Like This One From Corcovado

Christmas Time in Rio de Janeiro is Magical

Christmas in Rio de Janeiro
Christmas in Rio de Janeiro | ©Alexandre Macieira|Riotur.Visit.Rio/Flickr

Rio’s Architecture Dazzles at Night

As Does its Coastlines

Rio’s coastline at Flamengo
Rio’s coastline at Flamengo | ©Pedro Kirilos.Riotur.Visit.Rio/Flickr

The Parties at Night in Rio Are Sensational

Gaze in Awe at Rio’s Skyline at Night

Vidigal at night
Vidigal at night | ©chensiyuan/WikiCommons

Rio Has Breathtaking Viewpoints at Night

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

Lagoa at night
Lagoa at night | © Rosino/WikiCommons

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

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

…or Overlooking Copacabana’s Firework Show

Christ the Redeemer and fireworks
Christ the Redeemer and fireworks | © dhani b|Riotur/Flickr

Rio’s Landscapes at Dusk Are Pretty Amazing

So is This Jaw-Dropping Aerial View Over Rio

Aerial view of Rio
Aerial view of Rio | ©A. Duarte/Flickr

Rio’s City Center at Night is Striking

City center at night
City center at night | ©Edmir Silvestre/Flickr

These Views Are Truly One of a Kind

View towards Rio
View towards Rio | ©Edmir Silvestre/Flickr

Rio’s Coastline is Ridiculously Stunning at Night

Rio’s coastline
Rio’s coastline | ©Edmir Silvestre/Flickr

Arpoador in Rio Becomes Dramatic at Night

Arpoador at night
Arpoador at night | ©Edmir Silvestre/Flickr

This Moody Skyline From Leblon

Skyline in Leblon
Skyline in Leblon | ©Edmir Silvestre/Flickr

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
Iconic landmarks | ©Edmir Silvestre/Flickr