3. See the Sunset From Sugarloaf Mountain
This perfect round mound of granite jutting out of the sea is one of Rio’s most striking natural features. Don’t miss the trip to the top of Pão de Açúcar’s 400 meter summit – one glimpse of the gobsmacking view and you’ll see why. The panorama over Rio and Guanabara Bay is one of the top scenic vistas in the world. Sunset is particularly spectacular, but any time you can squeeze it in it’s a must. There’s a two-stage glass-walled aerial cable car leaving in 20-minute intervals from Babilônia Hill, the first which takes you to Morro da Urca where sometimes there are summer concerts on the roster. It’s definitely worth taking the second cable car to the top.