View From the Top: The 5 Best Ways to See Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is the vibrant heartbeat of Brazil, famed for its magnificent setting, sun-drenched beaches, colorful culture, sensual music, distinct cuisine and lively residents. Latin Travel Expert, Ali, takes us on a tour of the top 5 views to experience in Rio.

1. Sugarloaf Mountain
Take the cable car up to Pão de Açúcar, also known as Sugarloaf Mountain. On a clear day, you will be able to see miles and miles of the city from this view point. There is a spot located at the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, away from the cable car drop-off, this is the best place to snap a picture!

2. Christ the Redeemer
One of the most iconic sights in Brazil is the Christ the Redeemer statue, which sits atop the Corcovado Mountain. If you can get up there early, you’ll beat the large crowds of people and be able to take in the magnificent views uninterrupted. I recommend getting a coffee or juice at the café by the statue.

3. Copacabana Beach
If you want to be right in the action, there is a large selection of fantastic hotels on Copacabana that you can choose from. I highly recommend getting an ocean view beachfront room at one of the taller hotels, like the contemporary and stylish Hotel Emiliano Rio de Janeiro. The beach all lit up at night is a view unlike any other.

4. Santa Teresa Neighborhood
The bohemian Santa Teresa neighborhood in Rio is perched on top of a hill in the center of the city. It’s famous for its cobblestone streets, restaurants and art galleries. If you can sneak a peek from one of the hillside restaurants or hotels, you’ll get sprawling views of the city below.

5. Aproador
At the point where Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach meet, a rocky peninsula juts out called the Aproador. People gather here as the sun starts to fall to watch the spectacular sunset. The views are great at any time of day, but they are especially outstanding at sunset.