Relax: Helicopter Tour of Rio

Rio brings an avalanche of memories of all the geography lessons you were forced to sit through at school (without, of course, avalanches and glaciers). Est.Total Time: 7min to 1h.  Est. Total Cost: R$ 220 to R$875pp

Rio has ice-age-rounded mountains (yep, that’s what made them smooth), peninsulas, bars, bays, rivers, lakes, islands, reefs, forests, shanty towns, grid and non-grid neighborhoods, forts, airports, ship yards, industrial districts, cumulous clouds stuck on a mountain and a giant Christ, making sure everyone is well-behaved.
There are several interesting tours that fly over the main attractions, such as Sugar Loaf, Christ statue, Maracana, Lagoa, Tijuca forest, Copa & Ipanema.
There are two helicopter companies in Rio, Helisight, with their heliport conveniently on Lagoa, and UltraPilot, with their base in Jacarepagua, which is at least a 40 minute drive from Ipanema. UltraPilot’s tours, to compensate for the distance, are cheaper.