If there’s one thing I knew I wanted to experience in Rio, it was sunset from Pão de Açúcar. In the weeks leading up to the trip, I’d scoured endless amounts of blogs and articles about Rio, and the photos I kept getting drawn to where those of the view at sunset.
The weather was unpredictable to say the least during my time in Rio and so it wasn’t until the final day (and third attempt!) that I made it up there. It was definitely worth the wait!
There are a few different ways you can get to the top, including trekking, rock-climbing and I believe mountain biking, although I may be wrong with that one. I chose to take the easy (and quickest) route and hop on the glass-walled cable-car! The cost up and down is R$76 (about $21 USD). There are two legs to the journey – one to the slightly smaller peak Morro da Urca and the second from there up to Pão de Açúcar.The entire journey is about 3-4 minutes, and the cable car compartment thing-y is almost entirely made of glass, so you get a 360 degree view all the way up.
Apple Weather told me that sunset was going to be at exactly 17:26 that day, which was a nice change from the 17:27 it had been every day since my plane touched down in Brazil. So with this in mind we were at the top of Pão de Açúcar ready and waiting by 17:00. And then we realised that the views were so much better from the slightly smaller and less intimidating Morro da Urca; I don’t know if I was just at a bad side of the mountain, but you could barely see a thing thanks to all the foliage, restaurants and other constructions.
So we headed back down to Morro da Urca and enjoyed the breathtaking panoramic views of Rio at sunset. It was incredible.