January 1, 2015 – on to a new year! 🙂 After a late New Year’s breakfast at the hotel, we were greeted at noon with bombastic summer weather – sun, blue sky and 33 degrees. Rio de Janeiro is one of the few cities on our world tourthat we really wanted to see from above. That’s why we wanted to do a helicopter tour of the city today.
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Panoramic flights with Helisight
At home, we had already informed ourselves about the various helicopter suppliers in Rio de Janeiro and read testimonials, so that the selection fell relatively quickly to the provider Helisight. The helipad is beautifully located on the lake Rodrigo de Freitas (with its huge Christmas tree in the middle).
Our helicopter tour over Rio de Janeiro
When we got into the small office, there were already some people there. Helisight offers different flights with different routes and lengths. This goes from short 7 minutes of flights to a detailed 60-minute package, which costs 500 € per person. Since there is a minimum number of participants of 3 for the sightseeing flights, one could simply call his preferred tour and then had to wait until there are others who want to fly this tour as well. This was very fast with us: after about 20 minutes we were four for the tour number 3.
Flight over the Copacabana and Ipanema
There were still some groups in front of us, so we had to wait a little bit. There were a total of 2 helicopters in action and after 45 minutes we started. We had a place next to the pilot in front and one in the back in the middle, from which you could also see well. The view from above of Rio was truly breathtaking! It first went over the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana…
Flight over the Sugarloaf Mountain to the Corcovado and the Statue of Christ
… and on to the Sugarloaf Mountain and high around the Corcovado and the statue of Christ.
Back at the hotel we used the rest of the afternoon to sunbathe a little at the Copacabana and bathe in the sea. Definitely a great start to the new year! 🙂
Starbucks Global Icon City Mug of Rio de JaneiroWe are collecting the Starbucks Mugs from the cities and islands we visit on our travels. Unfortunately, not every city that has a Starbucks store with an own mug. But if the city has an own mug we like to collect them as a souvenir. We only collect city mugs from the "Global Icon Series", which was released in 2008. You can see our complete collection here: Starbucks - Our collection of Mugs from the Global Icon Series
In Rio de Janeiro, of course, there are several Starbucks stores and a really nice cup of the Global Icon series.
All travelogues from BrazilOn our round trip through South America we couldn't miss the country Brazil, which with its huge area takes almost 50% of South America. We had chosen the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, a stay in the Amazon and of course the Iguazu waterfalls as our destinations. A really varied journey through Brazil, during which we could collect many beautiful impressions. Rio de Janeiro: Copacabana, Ipanema & Cristo Redentor (Brazil)
Rio de Janeiro: Celebrating New Year’s Eve at Copacabana (Brazil)
Rio de Janeiro: A helicopter tour over the city (Brazil)
Rio de Janeiro: Free Walking Tour through the City (Brazil)
Amazon & Amazon River: Meeting of the Waters in the Amazon River (Brazil)
Amazon & Amazon River: Anavilhanas Village Guesthouse (Brazil)
Amazon & Amazon River: Jungle Walk & Boat tour on the Rio Negro (Brazil)
Amazon & Amazon River: The pink river dolphins “Botos” (Brazil)
Amazon & Amazon River: Piranha Fishing & an Indigenous Village (Brazil)
Sao Paulo: Tourist Attractions, Things to Do & Photo Spots (Brazil)
Iguazu Waterfall: The bird park in Foz do Iguazu (Brazil)
Iguazu Waterfall: The waterfalls on the Brazilian side (Brazil)
Iguazu Waterfall: A helicopter tour over the waterfalls (Brazil)