Perhaps more than any other metropolis, Rio is a city of wonderful views. Every beach, every peak and every street corner has a view. Most are breathtaking. Here’s a top 10, in no particular order.

Prainha beach and Praia do Pontal, Barra, from the viewpoints in the Parque Natural Municipal da Prainha

When: early morning or late afternoon

Corcovado, from the Sugar Loaf

When: late afternoon and early evening

Ipanema, Lagoa and the Christ statue from Pedra do Maroca mountain

When: sunset or dawn

Ipanema, Lagoa and Pedra da Gávea from Morro dos Dois Irmãos

When: early morning

Rio Skyline, from Parque da Cidade in Niterói

When: anytime

Rio Skyline and Baía da Guanabara from Pico da Tijuca

When: late afternoon

Sugar Loaf and Botafogo Bay from Favela Santa Marta

When: anytime

Rio, Guanabara Bay and Niterói from the Christ statue

When: anytime

Copacabana and Sugar Loaf from the Forte Duque de Caxias do Leme

When: walk the trail – Tuesday-Sunday 0930-1630

Rio centre and Guanabara Bay from Aprazível Restaurant

When: sunset and evening meal


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