A Bird’s Eye View of Rio

The most spectacular views of Rio de Janeiro can be seen from the air. A helicopter tour is the perfect way to both orient you to the city and enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. There are many interesting tours that go over the main attractions, such as Sugar Loaf, Christ statue, Maracanã, Lagoa, Tijuca Forest, Copcabana and Ipanema.

Helicopter tour by the beach

The Sights

Helicopter tours of Rio de Janeiro focus on the more popular attractions. The helicopters usually fly over both Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach so you will have a great view of the shoreline. The flights then continue up to Corcovado where you will see Christ the Redeemer. Sugar Loaf is another popular attraction for the helicopter tours as is the Marcana Stadium.

Alternate Views

Each helicopter company has their own flight path and attractions aside from the major ones. Some tours fly over the Botanical Gardens and Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. There are some tour companies that visit Leblon Beach as well as Copcabana and Ipanema Beaches. Others take visitors over the Imperial Palace and Guanabara Bay. Let us know what sights you wish to see and we will find the perfect helicopter tour for you.

The Helicopter Touring Companies

Helicopter tours depart from Urca Hill, which is the half way point for getting up to Sugar Loaf or on the Lagoa shore in Leblon. Tours range from 6-7 minutes all the way up to 12-15 minutes depending on the sights included in the tour.

Additional Information

Most tour guides speak both Portuguese and English and provide a running commentary about each site as you fly over. A minimum of 3 riders are required per flight. Cost for a helicopter tour depends on the length of time in the air .

Helicopter tours of Rio de Janeiro offer some of the most amazing views of the city and the surrounding mountains, ocean and rainforest. Pilots know where to position the helicopter for the most outstanding views of each attraction. Remember to bring your camera as these pictures will probably be some of the best memories you have of your trip to Rio.