Having seen a view of Rio during the day we decided to get a nighttime view from Sugarloaf Mountain; which turned out to be far more enjoyable.
A sunset view was what we had in mind, but we spent a little too long lazing about on Ipanema beach and listening to some samba for that!
When we arrived I was expecting long queues for the gondola to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. I was surprised that there were none when we turned up at the bottom. I guess evening was a great time to go!
We took the two cable cars straight to the top (maybe slightly smug that our cable car was empty, as people piled in to the ones coming down).
From the top we had great views of Rio. We could see the lights in the favelas, the numerous beaches and the white glow of Christ the Redeemer. We bought a beer and enjoyed the views out on to Rio with only a handful of people about.
It was definitely the most perfect way to spend our last night in Rio.