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.