Known worldwide for its impressive views, the city of Rio de Janeiro is full of viewpoints enchanters scattered all over the hills that surround the destination

Highlighted as one of the main destinations in Brazil, the city of Rio de Janeiro is, surprisingly, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. In its surroundings, several scattered hills and mountains provide viewpoints impressive with unforgettable views for anyone visiting the region.

Therefore, check out the list we have prepared with the main viewpoints to see in Rio:

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Firstly, located 710 m above sea level, Morro do Corcovado is home to one of the most famous monuments on the planet: the statue of Christ the Redeemer. The viewpoint is, without a doubt, the most important tourist spot in the city of RJ and is located in the Tijuca National Park.

Photo: Rafael Rabello de Barros / Wikimedia Commons

Two Brothers Park

Parque do Penhasco Dois Irmãos, in Alto Leblon, a place little explored by cariocas and visitors, is perfect for enjoying the sunset. That's because it offers dirt tracks, a small arena theater, soccer field and playground. In addition, with the opening of the park, visitors can enjoy comfort and safety, such as car access, police and lighting.

Sugar Loaf

Known for being one of the main postcards of the city, the Sugar Loaf Mountain is 390 m high. To reach the top of the cliff, the visitor needs to take a cable car with 2 stops. The first, at Morro da Urca and the second, up to Sugarloaf Mountain.

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Pedra da Gávea

To reach the highest point in Rio de Janeiro, you have to go through a trail approximately 2:30 hours, climbing 842 m to reach the summit. But the effort is rewarded with the wonderful view of Ipanema, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, Copacabana, Leme, Botafogo, Corcovado, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Niterói!


Chinese view

Overlooking Corcovado, Sugarloaf Mountain, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas and the beaches of the south zone, the Vista Chinesa kiosk is located within the Tijuca National Park, at 380 m of altitude.

Photo: Halley Pacheco de Oliveira / Wikimedia Commons

Sacopã Lookout

The climb of about 20 minutes along the Parque da Catacumba trail offers as a reward what is certainly one of the best angles in Rio. Through a dirt road, without major obstacles, it is possible to reach the gazebo do Sacopã, from where you have a wide and beautiful view of Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas.

Beautiful stone

Pedra Bonita, a rock formation 693 m high, has two viewpoints, one at the base and at the top. The one at the base, where the ramp for hang gliding jumps (one of the main jumping platforms in the country) is located, overlooking São Conrado and its beaches. And the top one, in front of Pedra da Gávea (842 m high), reached by walking on a steep trail, with a complete view of Barra da Tijuca and Recreio dos Bandeirantes, their lagoons and beach.

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Lookout at Pedra do Urubu

In addition to gazebo do Sacopã, Parque da Catacumba has a second observatory, called Pedra do Urubu. Access to it is via the trail from the park, lasting about 20 minutes. Although lower than Sacopã, the gazebo da Pedra do Urubu also offers a breathtaking view of the Lagoon.

Dona Marta

From the top of its 364 m high, the place offers, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful and complete views of the Rio de Janeiro. Access is via a trail that starts in the community of Santa Marta or by car. The viewpoint is inside the Tijuca National Park.

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Gazebo do Pasmado

Despite not being frequented by cariocas, the Pasmado viewpoint is located in Botafogo and overlooks Morro da Urca and Guanabara Bay. Access is via the slope of Rua General Severiano, above the Túnel Pasmado.

Arpoador's Stone

Considered by many to be the best place to enjoy the city's sunset, Pedra do Arpoador offers a privileged view of Copacabana Beach; a look at Leblon takes us to the elevations that surround the ocean shore, highlighting the Dois Irmãos hills with Pedra da Gávea in the background; beside, the blue of the open sea.

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Canoas viewpoint

Finally, the Mirante das Canoas has a beautiful view of São Conrado, the lawns of the Gávea Golf Club, Pedra da Gávea, Morro Dois Irmãos and Pedra Bonita (takeoff place for hang gliders), the sea and the islands of Pepino beach.

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