The Mighty Amazon River
The mighty Amazon River is the king of rivers. At 6.4k km (4k mi.) in length, it's either #1 or #2 in length depending on definition. Measured by discharge, it's not even close: the Amazon pumps an average of over 200k cubic meters (over 7 million cubic feet) of water into the Atlantic Ocean every second, roughly 5x its closest competitor. Award winning contributor and drone pilot Fabio Knoll is a native of Brazil; his aerial video showcasing this spectacular natural resource is magnificent.
Aerial Views of Rio and Sao Paulo
Southeastern Brazil is home to the country's two primary urban centers: Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Each is capital of a state with the same name, and the cities are "only" about 435 km (around 250 mi) apart - practically neighbors by the enormous scale of Brazil. The two cities are a study in contrasts - Rio being the cultural capital of Brazil, Sao Paulo the business capital. In this video, Mr. B gives us an aerial view of both of these great cities - from the perspective of a drone.
The Mountains of Brazil by Drone
Drone Da Montanha created this beautiful captioned drone video compilation of the most beautiful mountains in Brazil. The mountains featured include some of the largest and most known in this South American country, such as Pico Parana, Pico do Cristal, Pico Bandeira, and others. At about the 1:00 mark, you'll get a look at Pico da Neblina, near the border with Venezuela. At just a hair under 3k meters (around 9.8k ft.) it's the tallest peak in Brazil.
Drone Tour of Rio de Janeiro
Visiting Rio de Janeiro was high on the travel bucket list of drone pilot and videographer Gavin Beals aka The3Ventures, who flies around the world to make compelling travel videos using drones. Thank goodness he finally made it to Rio because his aerial footage of the beaches, mountains, and cityscapes of Brazil’s famous seaside city is simply breathtaking. Rio was chosen as the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympics, putting the city firmly in the world spotlight.
Salvador: Capital of Bahia
Peu Ribeiro used a DJI Inspire 2 drone to create this stunning video of the Old Town of Salvador, Brazil. Salvador is the largest city in the state of Bahia and it's the fourth largest city in the country as well as the largest in the officially recognized Northeast Region. The historic city was "discovered" by the Spaniards in 1500 but settled by the Portuguese beginning in the mid-16th century. It is one of the oldest European settlements in the Western Hemisphere.
Fortaleza: Capital of Ceará
Contributor Luiz Jr created this aerial video of his hometown of Fortaleza, Brazil. Fortaleza is the capital of the state of Ceará in the northeastern region. Fortaleza is one of the wealthiest cities in northeastern Brazil, and its port one of the busiest in the country. It's one of the oldest European settlements anywhere in the western Hemisphere, even though it wasn't colonized in earnest by the Portuguese for some time after it was "discovered" initially by the Spanish.
Iguazu: World's Largest Waterfall
Iguazu Falls is the largest waterfall system in the world. It is situated on the Iguazu River in South America, on the border between Brazil and Argentina. It's not a single falls but rather a complex cataract system comprising 275 drops, with a total height of 82 meters (269 ft.). In this video, you will be treated to an aerial tour of this magnificent waterfall system, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, compliments of AirVuz contributor Justin Poore and his DJI Mavic Pro drone.
The Amazon Rainforest
The Amazon Rainforest is an immense area, covering 5.5 million square km (2.1 million square mi) of territory in South America. Roughly 60% of the rainforest is situated in Brazil, with the balance spread around eight other countries. In this stunning drone video, contributor Cristian Dimitrius give us an aerial tour of portions of this irreplaceable natural resource in Brazil and French Guyana. The Amazon River is the world's largest source of freshwater apart from the Arctic icecaps.
Bahia Demo Reel
Bahia Drones is one of the top drone piloting companies in Brazil. Operating out of Bahia (Brazil's fourth largest state by population), their work spans the width of Brazil. This is their 2017 highlight reel, which gives an idea of the scope of their commercial drone work. Created using several drone models, the video includes beaches, cities, people - all the sights and sounds of Brazil, particularly in the state of Bahia, the largest state in the country's Northeast region.
State of RJ: Rural Brazil
Top contributor Thierry Paris used a DJI Phantom 3 Professional drone to give us this beautiful look at the rural side of Brazil's state of Rio de Janeiro, the third largest of the country's 26 states by population. The town of Sumidouro is well in the interior of the state, lying north-northeast from the provincial capital city Rio de Janeiro. Thierry's "day on the farm" provides some amazing bird's eye views of this part of the state of RJ, an area of spectacular mountains, waterfalls, alpine valleys, and horses.
Carnaval in Minas Gerais
While the Carnival celebration is closely associated with Rio de Janeiro, it is exuberantly celebrated throughout Brazil. In this drone video, contributor RG Drones was able to capture the Carnival celebrations in the city of Belo Horizonte, the third largest city of the officially recognized region of Southeastern Brazil. Belo Horizonte is the capital of the state of Minas Gerais, which is actually the second most populous state in the country after Sao Paulo.
Ouro Preto: Mining City in SE Brazil
Contributor and drone pilot AlexBolt brings us this amazing drone video of Ouro Preto, a city which was the center of the Brazilian Gold Rush which began in the late 17th century and resulted in 800 tons of gold being extracted. It's situated in the state of Minas Gerais, an interior state in southeastern Brazil. Ouro Preto was a colonial mining town located in the Serra do Espinhaço mountains. The city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Outdoor Adventures in Brazil
For three-fourths of the year, the eastern coast of Brazil provides the perfect setting for kite surfing, offering up the wind, sun, beaches and waves that kite surfers crave. Enthusiasts from all over the world travel there explicitly for it, including the adventurous drone pilot Isabelle Fabre. Here, she combined her two passions of kite surfing and droning to create a fun and thrilling video taken from the sky. Enjoy the bird's eye views from some of the most epic spots in South America!
Rio Grande du Sul: Fortaleza Canyon
Contributor Drone in Art create this spectacular aerial video of Fortaleza Canyon in Brazil. Not to be confused with the city of the same name in northeastern Brazil, Fortaleza Canyon is situated near the southern end of the country, in the state of Rio Grande du Sul. The canyon is part of the Serra Geral National Park. The canyon is one of the more prominent spots in Southern Brazil that are attracting the interest of adventure-oriented travelers around the world.
The Mountains of Southern Brazil
How does this sound for fun - driving supercars through hairpin turns through the mountains of Brazil(!) In this remarkable drone video, contributor Wind View Drone was able to film a supercar drive through the windy roads of Serra do Rio is Brazil's largest mountain range. The range is in the state of Santa Catarina. Santa Catarina is the next-to-southernmost of the country's 26 states, the only state to its south is Rio Grande do Sul.
Rio Grande du Sul :Caracol Waterfall
Luiz Gerbase flew a drone over one of the most well known waterfalls in Brazil to create this amazing video. Caracol Waterfall is near the town of Canela, in the Brazil's southernmost state Rio Grande do Sul. It's formed by the Caracol river, and it features a vertical drop of about 130 meters (around 425 feet). It's an increasingly popular spot for an increasingly popular ecotourism business in Southern Brazil, which also includes the mammoth Iguazu Falls.
Santa Catarina Island
Contributor Willian used a DJI Phantom 4 drone to create this beautiful aerial tour of the area around Florianópolis, which occupies much of the island of Santa Catarina in Southern Brazil. Most of the video is shot in the less densely populated parts of the island, such as Ilha Campeche, Praia Matadeiro, Armação, and Lagoinha do Leste. The island of Santa Catarina, part of the state of the same name, now connects to the mainland via two bridges.
Recife: Capital of Pernambuco
Here is an aerial look at the city of Recife, one of the largest cities in Brazil. It's the capital of the state of Pernambuco, a small (area-wise) but densely populated state in the country's Northeastern region. Recife is very near the easternmost extreme point of the country, and it has historically served (among other things) as the primary port for the country's massive sugar export trade. As you'll see from the video, it's a colorful and cosmopolitan looking city.
Cabo Frio: Islands of Brazil
Contributor and drone pilot Daniel Molina took this beautiful drone video of some islands off the coast of Southeastern Brazil in the state of Rio de Janeiro. Despite its long Atlantic coastline, Brazil has comparatively few islands - far fewer than Venezuela, for example. In this video, you'll see one of the main concentrations of islands, around Cabo Frio. Cabo Frio is a medium sized city a bit to the east of the state's capital (and by far largest city) Rio de Janeiro.
Espirito Santo: Greater Vitória
The state of Espírito Santo is by far the smallest of the four states that make up the Southeastern Region of Brazil. Of the roughly 4 million people who live in the state, about half live in the Greater Vitória area. This metropolitan area includes the cities of Cariacica, Fundão, Guarapari, Serra, Vitória, Vila Velha, and Viana, all of which sit on the estuary of the Santa Maria da Vitória River. In this drone video by ARdrone, you'll get a bird's eye view of Vila Velha as well as the larger urban area of which it is part.
Giant Dam in Sao Paulo State
Blessed with massive rivers, the huge and largely industrialized country of Brazil relies on hydropower for an astounding three quarters of its electricity supply. That's more than any other major country. Giant hydropower projects on major rivers represent some of the most important infrastructure in the country. In this video, contributor Sparkers used a drone to aerially film one of these projects, the Represa Itupararanga Votorantim dam in the state of Sao Paulo.
Praia do Forte: Beach of Bahia
Brazil's Praia do Forte is one of the most popular beach areas in the state of Bahia, the most populous state of Brazil's Northeast Region This beach, located on the country's Atlantic coastline a bit north of the state capital Salvador, has everything for a beach destination: from epic waves for surfing, to whale watching, to snorkeling and beach town exploring. Contributor imoveisbrasilbahia had the right idea and captured all the highlights of Praia do Forte in this fantastic drone video.
Curitiba: Capital of Paraná
Check out this beautiful drone video of an important city in Southern Brazil, compliments of contributor BielPilot. Curitiba is the capital and largest city of the state of Paraná, one of the three states which makes up the Southern Region of Brazil. It's the center of a metropolitan area of about 3.5 million people, the seventh largest in the country as of 2018. The city sits on a plateau well away from the state's Atlantic coastline. It's one of the most developed cities in the country.
Kiteboarding the Lagoons of Piaui
While Brazil's long Atlantic coastline does not have many large island of note, portions of it are dotted with tropical mangroves and lagoons. These semi-protected waters are perfect for aquatic activities like kiteboarding. Witness this beautiful drone video by Nuculeus. It was shot in one of these lagoon area in the state of Piauí. Located in northern Brazil, Piauí is a large state with a very short coastline. It's one of the nine states which make up Brazil's official Northeast Region.
Waterfall in Tocantins
Here's an amazing drone video edit of a waterfall in the region of Jalapão deep in the interior of Brazil. Jalapão is part of the state of Tocantins, the newest Brazilian state. The state was created in the late 1980's when the northern half of lobbied to separate itself from the state of Goiás. Though smaller than Goiás, it's still enormous, covering over 275k square km (about 107k sq. mi.) around the geographic center of this gigantic South American country.
Profile of Fabio Knoll
Like many great aerial cinematographers Fabio Knoll first started flying drones when he was hired to work on a popular TV show in his home country, Brazil. He says he likes using drone shots as establishing shots and that he loves using his UAV to capture the experience of a location. With videos from Singapore, Turkey, Brazil, Jordan, his "Singapore" video was chosen as a Finalist for the first Drone Video Awards. Check out this episode of The Drone Dish to hear more about Fabio's aerial passion.
Brazil Compilation Video
Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world and drone pilots are capturing its vibrancy and popular activities from above. AirVuz edited together the best aerial views of Rio de Janeiro with the Christ the Redeemer statue, Iguazu Falls which is the largest system of waterfalls in the world, and the Amazon Rainforest into one incredible drone video. Learn about this South American country and see some of its famous soccer stadiums.