7 Best Photo Spots in RIO DE JANEIRO

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

During my trip to Brazil, I had the opportunity to visit one of the most important cities, Rio de Janeiro. I had wanted to go for a long time, and when I finally arrived, I could discover why it’s called the Cidade Maravilhosa. Although it is difficult to see it in just a few days, I want to show you my 7 favourite photo spots in Rio.

Durante mi viaje a Brasil, tuve la oportunidad de visitar una de las ciudades más importantes del país, Río de Janeiro. Hacía mucho tiempo que quería ir, y cuando por fin lo conseguí pude descubrir por qué le llaman la “Ciudad Maravillosa”. En unos pocos días es difícil conocerla, pero quiero mostrar los 7 lugares donde pude hacer las mejores fotos.

1. Pão de Açúcar

Rio de Janeiro
Pão de Açúcar, Rio de Janeiro

Possibly one of the most famous spots in the whole city. Nobody can leave Rio de Janeiro without visiting this mountain and enjoying its incredible views. Once there, you will have a 360º scenery with places like Copacabana, Ipanema, Flamengo, Leblon, Pedra da Gávea, Maciço da Tijuca and Corcovado mountains, showcasing the statue of Christ the Redeemer.

During my visit I took dozens of photos, but I found my favourite view while I was waiting to take the cable car to go down. There’s a small spot where you will have the views of the picture above, ¡amazing!

I recommend purchasing the tickets online. This way you’ll avoid the long queues that can last for hours. Find the official website on this link.

Posiblemente uno de los lugares más famosos de la ciudad. Nadie puede irse de Rio de Janeiro sin subir a esta montaña y disfrutar de sus increíbles vistas. Una vez arriba tendréis una visión 360º de lugares como Copacabana, Ipanema, Flamengo, Leblon, Pedra da Gávea, el Maciço da Tijuca y la montaña del Corcovado, con la estatua del Cristo Redentor en su cima.

En mi visita pude hacer decenas de fotos, pero mi vista preferida la encontré en el momento en que esperaba al teleférico para volver a bajar. Hay un pequeño hueco donde encontraréis las vistas de la foto de arriba, ¡espectacular!

Recomiendo la compra de las entradas online, las colas son muy largas y es posible pasarse varias horas hasta tener la oportunidad de subir. La web oficial es esta, no os equivoquéis con la web del supermercado que lleva el mismo nombre.

2. Parque Lage

Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro
Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro

It was such a discovery and one of my favourite spots. We visited the place because we wanted to hike to Cristo Redentor and the park is known to be the start of the trail. It’s open to public from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm. If you want to avoid the crowd in the top of Corcovado you should probably visit the park after it (the hike can take more than 2 hours). We started the trilha after Parque Lage because we took the train on our way down and it leaves you in another place.

Fue todo un descubrimiento y sin duda uno de mis lugares preferidos. Visitamos este parque porque quisimos hacer el camino hacia el Cristo Redentor y en la información que encontramos se marcaba este lugar como el inicio. Se puede entrar a partir de las 8.oo am a 5.00 pm, por lo que si queréis evitar la multitud en la visita al Cristo es mejor dejarlo para cuando bajéis (se puede tardar más de 2 horas). El único problema es que si sólo queréis hacer el camino de subida pero luego bajar con el tren, no volveréis al mismo lugar. Nosotras nos esperamos a la apertura del Parque Lage y luego subimos el Corcovado.

3. Praia de Ipanema

Praia de Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro
Praia de Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro

I couldn’t visit many beaches around the city of Rio de Janeiro, but if I had to choose one that would be Ipanema. I know Copacabana is the most famous one, but to be honest I didn’t like it. On the other hand, I loved the atmosphere and the views from Ipanema beach. I totally recommend it to enjoy the sunset.

No tuvimos tiempo de visitar muchas playas más allá de la ciudad de Rio de Janeiro, pero si me tengo que quedar con una seria la de Ipanema. Sé que Copacabana es la más conocida, pero sinceramente no le encontré nada que me llamara la atención. En cambio, el ambiente y las vistas desde la playa de Ipanema me encantaron. La recomiendo para ver la puesta de sol.

4. Boulevard olimpico

Boulevard Olimpico, Rio de Janeiro
Boulevard Olimpico, Rio de Janeiro

Located in the Port area, this place was created as a meeting point for Cariocas and tourists who wanted to follow the retransmission of the different Olympic Games competitions, attend to several shows, cultural and sport activities. One of the main attractions is the Mural Etnias, a 2500m² panel signed by muralist Eduardo Kobra and inspired by the ethnic diversity in the 5 continents.

Situado en la zona portuaria, este lugar se creó como un punto de encuentro para Cariocas y turistas que quisieran seguir las diferentes competiciones de los Juegos Olímpicos, además de asistir a espectáculos, actividades culturales y deportivas. Una de las atracciones más importantes es el Mural Etnias, un panel de 2500m² creado por el artista brasileño Eduardo Kobra e inspirado en la diversidad de las etnias de los 5 continentes.

5. Morro do Corcovado

Mirador Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro
Mirador Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro

After a long hike of more than two hours we made it to the top of Corcovado. In addition to the statue of Christ the Redeemer you’ll have amazing views of the whole city of Rio like in the picture above. This viewpoint is just a few metres in front of the statue.

For more information about tickets and trains (if you don’t want to hike) go to this link.

Después de una larga caminata de más de dos horas pudimos llegar a la cima del Corcovado. Además de la increíble estatua del Cristo Redentor podréis tener vistas geniales de toda la ciudad de Rio. Si llegáis hasta el final de la pasarela que se encuentra delante de la estatua podréis encontrar el lugar desde el que hice la foto de arriba.

Para más información sobre entradas y trenes (si no queréis caminar) podéis ir a este link.

6. Museu do amanhã

Museu do Amanhã, Rio de Janeiro
Museu do Amanhã, Rio de Janeiro

This place deserves to be on this list because of its attractive and modern architecture. Located at Praça Mauá, it’s considered a science museum made to explore, imagine, and conceive all the possibilities for constructing the future. That’s why it’s called the Museum of Tomorrow.

You can enter on Tuesdays for FREE!, but it’s important to book your spot on their website as they run out of tickets really fast. I speak from personal experience, as I couldn’t visit it. But at least I could enjoy its design.

Este lugar se merece estar en la lista por su atractiva y moderna arquitectura. Construido en la Plaza Mauá, se considera un museo de ciencia hecho para explorar, imaginar y concebir todas las posibilidades para construir el futuro. Por eso le llaman Museo del Mañana.

Los martes se puede entrar GRATIS!, pero hay que reservar online en su página web porque se llena muy rápido. Lo digo por experiencia, que me quedé sin verlo. Aun así, todas las opiniones que hemos escuchado son muy positivas.

7. Santa Teresa

We could enjoy these views of the neighborhood when we visited Escadaria Selarón (Selaron steps), which is located between Lapa and Santa Teresa. I loved the colors and the art in this area. I recommend going a bit early, because at 11-12 in the morning the streets are very crowded and its difficult to walk.

Pudimos disfrutar de estas vistas del barrio cuando fuimos a visitar la Escadaria Selarón, que se encuentra entre Lapa y Santa Teresa. Me encantaron los colores y el arte de esta zona. Recomiendo ir un poco pronto, ya que más tarde se llena de gente y no se puede ni caminar.

Santa Teresa Hill, Rio de Janeiro
Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro

I hope you like the photo spots I discovered during my trip. There are many more but I couldn’t visit many places outside of the city to see all of them. I’ll have to go back soon!

And you? Have you ever been to Rio de Janeiro? Do you have a place to add to the list? Share it in the comments below 😀

Espero que os gusten los lugares que descubrí en mi viaje. Hay muchos más, pero no tuve tiempo de salir mucho de la ciudad y verlos todos. ¡Tendré que volver pronto!

¿Y tú? ¿Has visitado Rio de Janeiro? ¿Tienes algún lugar más que añadir a la lista? No dudes en compartirlo en los comentarios 😀

Best Spots in Rio de Janeiro
Best Spots in Rio de Janeiro

23 comentarios

  1. What amazing pictures of Rio de Janeiro. I especially like the picture at the top of Corcovado. Brazil has been on my bucket list for a while now and one day I hope to go soon. Love the cable car pic too. Nice post!

    1. Hi Raymond! Brazil has been on my bucket list for so long too 🙂 I visited Rio during a short trip there but I’m planning to go back soon and spend more time. It’s such a big country!

  2. I really loved Rio. One of my favourite photos I took is from Christ the Redeemer. Another is whilst hang gliding over Rio. That was a great experience and gave me some great shots. I also did a guide walk inside the favela which gave some wonderful photo opportunities.

    1. Wow! You did a lot of cool activities! The hang gliding must be a great experience. I’ll try it on my next visit 😉

  3. Yes these are terrific photos. I loved seeing your photo from the top of the cable cars; I have one that I took there too and it was one of my favourites from Rio. I always wished I’d spent longer in Rio, and seeing these photos made me feel quite nostalgic

  4. The photos are stunning! South America including Brazil is on my bucket list. I hope I can see places in person one day. Thank your sharing and I hope remember these places for when I travel there, might have to read your post again.

  5. Those are indeed great photo spots! You just have to hope its a nice day out 😛

    When I go I will keep this in mind for my instagram!

  6. Ah! I missed 2 and 6 when I was there in 2010! I think it’s time for a return visit to visit these beautiful places!

  7. These photos are stunning. I’ll be honest, Brazil was never on my travel list but after seeing these it’s definitely on there now. Parque Lage looks incredible. For someone who wants to grow their exploring and photographing skills, this would be an amazing chance. Although I’m afraid of heights, that cable car view is incredible! 🙂

  8. Absolutely stunning I feel really inspired to travel there is so much beauty to see!!

    Sophie x
    http://www.sophobsessed.com

  9. Oh WOW ! These photo locations look amazing and you’re picture are just beautiful!
    Lea, xx
    asnippetoflife.com

  10. You did take a great shot from Pao do Azucar, I think I have a similar one from that spot too. Did you know that Rio Harbour which is in that photo is a natural wonder of the world? You captured the sunset on Ipanema stunningly. I’m impressed you walked up Corcovado, that must have been great exercise.

  11. AMAZING photographs!!! It’s always been my dream to one day go to Brazil. Espero que essa sonho vai ser realizado. Beijinhos!

  12. I love your pictures, they always make me wanna go to all the places you write about! I’ve love to go to Brazil, it looks so friendly & colourful! x

  13. Woww .. such stunning captures. Brazil is high on our list and thanks for such an awesome post on best photo spots much needed for an instagram crazy person like me 🙂 Would love to take a pic on that cable ride for sure 🙂

  14. Your photos are gorgeous! The view from Pão de Açúcar is incredible. I love visiting Olympic stadiums when I travel to a city that has hosted the Olympic games before, so I would definitely visit the stadium in Brazil! Love the huge mural there too. Brazil is definitely top on my list of places to visit!

  15. Can you believe I still haven’t been to Brazil?! Now I need to place it at the top of my list. The Pão de Açúcar looks soon pretty! Thanks for sharing your beautiful perspective!

  16. Whooaaaaaaaa. Mirador Corcovado looks definitely worth the 2 hour hike!!! That would be on my list for SURE. Great spots you found!!

  17. I have never been to Brazil! And I used to live so close to it. Need to plan a trip to South America!

  18. What a wonderful place to visit! I think you’ve covered a great number of photo ops!

  19. Those are some amazing photos. I especially love Santa Theresa. What a beautiful neighborhood.

  20. I love your choices of photo spots, thanks for sharing! The view from Corcovado is amazing and I’m sure it’s even more breathtaking in person.

  21. Hi Sheila! This post is amazing and your photos are very beautiful! I’ll travel to Brazil in few days :)))))) I can’t wait for it. We will also go to Rio. I have a question for you about your hike up to Cristo Redentor. On photos from the Parque Lage the monument looks tiny, so I guess the hike is pretty hard. It would be fine for me, but not for my boyfriend…. Can you tell me how hard was that and what kind of shoes did you wear?
    Thank you so much in advance 🙂
    Aliz

Deja un comentario