Christ the Redeemer towers over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The cityscapes of Rio de Janeiro

Take in the views from some of the city's most iconic landmarks.

Christ the Redeemer towers over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Views over Rio

Rio de Janeiro has one for the world’s most distinctive landscapes, it’s instantly recognisable.

The city is an assault on the senses in every way. The stunning beauty of the vistas, views that go on forever, the tranquil blue ocean, the beaches filled with colourful characters, the mountainous backdrop, the favelas and the high rises – it’s all here waiting to be discovered.

One of the city’s most famous landmarks is the statue of Christ the Redeemer, even if you’ve never been to Brazil, chances are you’ll have seen it in photographs.  Standing an impressive 30 metres tall with arms outstretched atop the Corcovado mountain – it’s quite awe inspiring. When you get up close the sheer scale of the statue is breath taking, then look beyond the statue, to the views over the city – they are equally impressive.


  • Visit Christ the Redeemer statue
  • Relax on Ipanema or Copacabana beach
  • Take a cable car (or two)
  • Sugar loaf mountain at dusk
  • Enjoy alone or with an organised tour
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Cable car and Sugar Loaf mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil © f11photo,Shutterstock

Sugarloaf Mountain

Another eye-catching viewpoint, hugely popular amongst visitors is Sugarloaf Mountain, accessible by cable car. For an extra special view, take the cable car just before sunset and watch as the city begins to light up below, and the sky changes colour as the sun sets on the day and the city prepares for another night of excitement and adventure.

It's all about perspective

Each view point will give you a different perspective over the hustle and bustle that is Rio de Janeiro. Even if you aren’t spending much time here, try to visit at least one of them and see the amazing sights for yourself.