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Rio and São Paulo: Brazil's Greatest Cities

Dreams of Brazil

Mr. B
Mr. B
1.2k VŪZ 15 10
a year ago

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.  

Aerial Tour of the State of RJ

State of Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

Thierry Paris
Thierry Paris
1.4k VŪZ 23 22
9 months ago

The state of Rio de Janeiro in southeastern Brazil has the most international visitors of any state in the country.  In part this is because of the great city (and provincial capital) of the same name, but it goes well beyond that.  Drone pilot Theirry Paris channeled his love for his home state in this Drone Video of the Week nominee, which showcases his impressive flying, superb editing, and discriminating eye for the best sights of this magnificent state.

RJ State: Escuna Cavendish

ESCUNA CAVENDISH

@emotiondrones
@emotiondrones
1.4k VŪZ 25 19
2 years ago

Escuna Cavendish is a small resort town situated on the Brazilian Atlantic Coast in the state of Rio de Janeiro, approximately halfway between the giant metropolitan cities of cities of Rio de Janeiro to the north and Sao Paulo to the south.  Emotiondrones used a drone and groound cameras to create this mesmerizing travel video of the area, giving us bird's eye views of the stunning dark green waters of this tropical paradise on the Atlantic Ocean.

Cabo Frio: Island of Brazil

ISLANDS IN TOWN

Daniel Molina
Daniel Molina
1.3k VŪZ 27 26
10 months ago

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.  

Minas Gerais: Ouro Preto

OURO PRETO - MG - BRAZIL

AlexBolt
AlexBolt
1.6k VŪZ 27 14
2 years ago

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.

Minas Gerais: Belo Horizonte

Belo Horizonte 120 years! A small tribute to our city!

rg drones
rg drones
1.1k VŪZ 28 38
2 years ago

Rg Drones created this spectacular aerial view of the 120th anniversary of one of the youngest cities in Brazil.  Belo Horizonte is the capital of the state of Minas Gerais in southeastern Brazil, the second largest state in the country.  Belo Horizonte is the sixth largest city in Brazil, and its metropolitan area is the third largest after Rio and Sao Paulo.  The city as it exists today was built as part of a plan for a new state capital to replace the gold mining town Ouro Preto. 

Sao Paulo: Pedra Grande

Big Rock

Fabio Knoll
Fabio Knoll
371 VŪZ 15 6
2 years ago

Top contributor Fabio Knoll created this epic drone video of a spectacular geological site called Pedra Grande (translated: Big Rock) in Brazil's state of Sao Paulo.  It's near a town called Atibaia, which is situated due north of the Sao Paulo state capital (of the same name, which is also Brazil's largest city).  Set amongst rolling verdant hills, the exposed face of Pedra Grande makes for some compelling viewing, especially seen from an aerial point of view! 

Rio de Janeiro by Drone

Cidade de Deus-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

PaulVlad
PaulVlad
1.7k VŪZ 41 46
2 years ago

For a two and a half minute aerial tour of the great Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, it's tough to beat this drone video by top contributor PaulVlad.  His video brings some of the epic views for which the city is famous, such as the impressive skyline and Copacabana Beach, the Christ the Redeemer statue, and more.  Some of the best footage in the video is aerial footage of a hang glider working its way down the steep hills which surround Brazil's second largest city.  

Landmark in the RJ Interior

The tower of forgotten times

Fabio Knoll
Fabio Knoll
1.3k VŪZ 30 19
2 years ago

Rio de Janeiro is not just Brazil's second largest city; the province by the same name is the country's second largest state, with 17 million people as of 2018.  It's a very large state area-wise, and most of it looks far different than places like Copacabana Beach.  Award winning contributor Fabio Knoll created this epic drone video of a very old tower in a beautiful area in the state's interior, well west of the city which is also the state capital.  

RJ: Mt. Prateleiras

DRONE DA MONTANHA - PRATELEIRAS/ ITATIAIA-RJ BRASIL

DRONE DA MONTANHA
DRONE DA MONTANHA
4.9k VŪZ 41 29
2 years ago

Drone Da Montanha created this epic drone video of one of the highest mountain peaks in Brazil.  Mt. Prateleiras is part of Itatiaia National Park, which is located west of the city of Rio de Janeiro and straddles the states of Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais.  The mountain chain in the park is the Mantiqueira Mountains, whose runoff feeds the Rio Grande River.  The mountain rises to an altitude of about 2.5k meters, or just over 8k ft.

São Paulo (1 minute)

marcoobezerra
marcoobezerra
66 VŪZ 4 2
a year ago

Take a 60 second aerial tour of Sao Paulo, Brazil in this beautiful piece by marcoobezerra.  It features the Octavio Frias de Oliveira bridge (Ponte Estaida); Avenida Paulista, one of the city's main thoroughfares; Viaduto do Cha, the city's first viaduct, completed in 1892; Teatro Municipal, the city's great opera house, which opened in 1911; the Basilica of the Most Blessed Sacrament (Igreja de Santa Ifigenia); the Farol Santander skyscraper; and the Brazilian history museum Museo de Iparanga.  

RJ State: Sumidouro

A Day on the Farm - Sumidouro, RJ, BRAZIL

Thierry Paris
Thierry Paris
2.4k VŪZ 28 36
a year ago

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.  

MG: Carnival in Belo Horizonte

Carnaval_BH_2018_BRAZIL_PEOPLE_FEST

rg drones
rg drones
1.3k VŪZ 25 29
a year ago

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.

RJ's Christ the Redeemer Statue

DRONEAVENTURA CRISTO REDENTOR (CHRIST THE REDEEMER)

DRONEAVENTURA
DRONEAVENTURA
3.3k VŪZ 51 41
2 years ago

The Christ the Redeemer Statue (Cristo Redentor) sits atop Corcavado Mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  The view of this landmark situated above the city's harbor is one of the most iconic sights in Brazil, and it's been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage cultural site.  In this memorable video, contributor Droneaventura flew a drone over the edifice, creating a spectacular view of the 1930's era Art Deco statue and the amazing coastal city below it.

Giant Dam in Sao Paulo

represa Itupararanga Votorantim São Paulo Brasil

sparkers
sparkers
435 VŪZ 8 9
2 years ago

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. 

Espírito Santo: Vila Velha

Vila Velha Aerial View - AR DRONE

ARdrone
ARdrone
135 VŪZ 6 7
a year ago

ARDrone created this beautiful aerial video of Vila Velha, a city on the coast of Southeastern Brazil.  It's in the state of Espírito Santo, one of the four which make up the official region of Southeastern Brazil.  The city lies across a large river estuary from the state capital of Vitória.  While Espírito Santo is a relatively small state, most of its land area is on or near the coast.  The economy of the state is largely driven by tourism and activity related to its ports.  

RJ: Serra dos Órgãos

SERRA DOS ÓRGÃOS - PICO DO GARRAFÃO (ESCALADA - BIG WALL\CRAZY MUZUNGUS)

DRONE DA MONTANHA
DRONE DA MONTANHA
1.1k VŪZ 9 7
3 months ago

Serra dos Órgãos is a mountain range in the Serra dos Órgãos National Park of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It's in the center of the state, west of the city of Rio.  It became a park in 1939 as a means to protect the beautiful mountains and the headwaters of the rivers that flow into the Fluminense basin.  Its beauty can be seen in this narrative piece by DRONE DA MONTANHA, where our pilot follows a rock climber on his journey to conquer Escalavrado - the Big Wall.

The Dunes of Cabo Frio

Parque das Dunas de Cabo Frio

Paroliaz
Paroliaz
150 VŪZ 6 7
4 months ago

Check out this awesome drone video of some well known sand dunes near the Brazilian city of Cabo Frio, compliments of contributor Proliaz.  They are part of a park on this cape in the Atlantic Ocean.  It's in the state of Rio de Janeiro in Southeastern Brazil, more or less due east from the eponymously named state capital city.  The cape marks a point where the coastline switches to an east-west orientation; west of the city of Rio it bends to the southwest towards São Paulo.

Minas Gerais: São Lourenço

Sun and rain / São Lourenço - MG / BRASIL

Fabio Knoll
Fabio Knoll
637 VŪZ 19 9
2 years ago

Top contributor Fabio Knoll created this beautiful drone video of São Lourenço, a city in the Minas Gerais state of Southeastern Brazil.  It's located in the southern part of this landlocked state, more or less equidistant from Brazil's two largest cities: São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.  The city hosts a number of annual festivals, and has become a tourist destination especially from the two gigantic cities, each of which is roughly a four hour drive away.  

Vitória, Espírito Santo

Grande Vitoria - Brasil

DINHO (FPV-FILMS)
DINHO (FPV-FILMS)
184 VŪZ 7 8
8 days ago

Check out this beautiful aerial view of Vitória, the capital of Brazil's state of Espírito Santo.   Espírito Santo is a largely coastal state, one of the four which make up Brazil's Southeast region.  Its capital city is on an island in Vitória's Bay, an estuary formed by several of the region's rivers.  Vitória and its surrounding cities form a metropolitan area of a bit under 2 million, representing about half the state's population.  Vitória was founded by the Portuguese in the 1500's and is one of the country's wealthiest cities.  

Ilha Grande: RJ's Beautiful Island

Ilha Grande - DJI Phantom 4 (4k)

Daniel Molina
Daniel Molina
1.3k VŪZ 22 21
2 years ago

Using a DJI Phantom 4 drone, pilot Daniel Molina captured stunning footage of Brazil’s Ilha Grande, a beautiful island off the coast of Brazil.  It's situated in the state of Rio Grande, a bit to the west of the capital city Rio de Janeiro.  For many years, the island was used as a leper colony, and was off-limits for development.  More recently, it's developed a significant amount of tourist traffic.   As you'll see in the video, this island offers the chance to swim in crystal-blue waters on white sand beaches.

Espírito Santo: Greater Vitória

Vila Velha Aerial View II - O último dia de 2016

ARdrone
ARdrone
76 VŪZ 4 2
a year ago

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. 

Costa Verde: Paraty

Paraty - A historical gem

Luiz Gerbase
Luiz Gerbase
1.2k VŪZ 17 6
3 years ago

Contributor Luiz Gerbase created this excellent drone video of Paraty, a well preserved Portuguese colonial city in Southeastern Brazil.  It's located on a stretch of coastline known as Costa Verde, on the western side of the Bay of Ilha Grande.  The entire area is part of the state of Rio de Janeiro, close to the border with the neighboring state of Sao Paulo.  Paraty was one of the earliest Portuguese settlements in the Western Hemisphere; it dates to about 1500.  

Drone Tour of São Paulo

Grande São Paulo

marcoobezerra
marcoobezerra
210 VŪZ 14 4
a year ago

Check out this drone video of São Paulo, Brazil by contributor marcoobezerra.  With a city limits population of over 12 million as of 2019, it's the country's largest city, and its metropolitan area of well over 20 million makes it one of the 2-3 largest in the Western Hemisphere.  The capital of the eponymously named state which is sometimes called the "locomotive" of Brazil because of its economic power, Sao Paulo is undoubtedly the country's most important city, even if it's less well known than Rio.

Aerial Tour of the State of RJ

Around The State - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

Thierry Paris
Thierry Paris
297 VŪZ 9 9
6 months ago

Check out this amazing aerial tour of the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro, compliments of top contributor Thierry Paris.  It's the most well known of Brazil's 27 states, even if it's only the third largest by population (Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais are more populous.  THe video features aerial footage of some of the top sopts in the state, including the Rio-Niterói Bridge, Cabo Frio, Buzios, Urca,  and spots within the city of Rio de Janeiro.  The city of Rio is the state capital and was the national capital until the 1960's.  

Beaches of Niterói

Niteroi Sunsets and Beaches

Digital Peace Drone
Digital Peace Drone
1.1k VŪZ 12 17
5 months ago

Niterói is a sort of (much smaller) twin to the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.  It sits across the great Guanabara Bay from the larger city, a sort of Oakland to the San Francisco of Rio.  The area is sometimes used to define the larger area on the east side of its bay, only part of which is in the Niterói city limits.  In this drone video by Digital Peace, you'll get a nice aerial view of the beaches on the Niterói side of the great bay, north and east of central Rio.  

Carnaval in Espirito Santo

Carnaval de Vitória

DINHO (FPV-FILMS)
DINHO (FPV-FILMS)
110 VŪZ 7 7
8 days ago

Brazil is the world's largest Catholic country, and its Lent festival known as Carnival is one of the most important times in Brazilian culture.  While it's most closely associated with the city of Rio de Janeiro, all of the large Brazilian cities (and most of its smaller ones) have similar festivities before the onset of Lent.  In this remarkable drone video, you'll get an aerial view of Carnaval in Vitória, the capital city of the state of Espírito Santo and the center of one of the 15 largest metropolitan areas in the country.  

The Beaches of Ubatuba, SP

Ubatuba - Brazil - 4K Drone Video

RVB Drone Studio
RVB Drone Studio
34 VŪZ 5 5
a day ago

RVB Drone Studio created this excellent aerial tour of the beaches around the city of Ubatuba in the Sao Paulo state of Brazil.  The area is home to over 100 beaches, most of which have the Serra do Mar Mountains as a backdrop.  Specific beaches featured include Praia de Enseada, Praia do Pereque, Vermelha do Centro, Praia Vermelha do Norte, and Praia do Ubatumiaiam.  The area lies roughly halfway between the cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.  

Niterói's Itacoatiara Beach

📍ITACOATIARA - After Beach 🏖

Digital Peace Drone
Digital Peace Drone
804 VŪZ 9 14
a month ago

Contributor Digital Peace Drone created this beautiful drone video of Brazil's Itacoatiara Beach.  The beach lies near the city of the same name, south of Niterói, the "twin city" of Rio de Janeiro which lies on the east side of Guanabara Bay from the larger city.  The beach is on the open Atlantic ocean and is famous for its surfing, although it is considered dangerous for casual swimming due to the currents and riptides.  The rocks behind the beach are also very popular with climbers.  

Pedra do Baú

Pedra do Baú

Fabio Knoll
Fabio Knoll
1.8k VŪZ 29 16
2 years ago

Award-winning contributor Fabio Knoll created this beautiful drone videos of a famous rock formation in Southeast Brazil.  It's called the Pedra do Baú, and it's located in the municipality of São Bento do Sapucaí in the state of São Paulo.  The rocks are situated in the Mantiqueira Mountains, which cover parts of the São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Minais Gerais states.  With an elevation of just under 2k meters (aboutk ft.), Pedra do Baú is now part of a national monument.  

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