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Rio and São Paulo: Brazil's Greatest Cities

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Dreams of Brazil

Mr. B

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

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State of Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

Thierry Paris

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, which is part of the official Southeast region of Brazil.  

Cabo Frio: Island of Brazil

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Islands of Brazil

Daniel Molina

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 located on a cape (peninsula) of the same name, a bit to the east of the state's capital (and by far largest city) Rio de Janeiro.  

Minas Gerais: Ouro Preto

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Ouro Preto, Brazil: City of Gold

AlexBolt

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 state capital until the founding of the city of Belo Horizonte, the city of Ouro Preto has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Minas Gerais: Belo Horizonte

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Belo Horizonte at 120: A Tribute to Our City

rg drones

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, which lies to its southeast.  

Costa Verde: Paraty

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Paraty - A historical gem

Luiz Gerbase

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.  The city center has recently been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

Demo Reel from RJ State

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Avocado Mídia Drone Reel 2018

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Check out this stunning aerial reel from across the great Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro.  Shot with a DJI Phantom 4 drone, the video features footage from across RJ, which is amongst the smallest of the Brazilian states by land area but third in population, after São Paulo and Minas Gerais.  The reel contains a mix of urban, landscape, and "action" shots, ranging from outdoor music concerts to surfing.  At about the 1:30 mark, there's a great shot of Sugarloaf Mountain in the city of Rio.

Minas Gerais: São Lourenço

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Sun and rain / São Lourenço - MG / BRASIL

Fabio Knoll

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 (the most well-known of which is the Cachaça Festival), 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

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Grande Vitoria - Brasil

DINHO (FPV-FILMS)

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.  

60 Seconds over Sao Paulo

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São Paulo (1 minute)

marcoobezerra

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: Mt. Prateleiras

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Prateleiras/Itatiaia - RJ, Brasil

DRONE DA MONTANHA

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 to its north and west, two of the four states of Brazil's Southeast region.  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 above sea level, or just over 8k ft.

RJ State: Sumidouro

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A Day on the Farm - Sumidouro, RJ, BRAZIL

Thierry Paris

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.  

Ilha Grande: RJ's Beautiful Island

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Ilha Grande - DJI Phantom 4 (4k)

Daniel Molina

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.

MG: Carnival in Belo Horizonte

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Celebrating Carnaval in Belo Horizonte

rg drones

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 after Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.  Belo Horizonte is the capital of the state of Minas Gerais, which is the country's second most-populous after the state of Sao Paulo.

Santos: Port City of São Paulo

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Foggy Santos

Phil2go2019

Check out this fantastic aerial view of the port city of Santos in Southeastern Brazil by Phil2go2019.  The city lies in the state of the São Paulo, just southeast of the state's namesake capital city (and the country's largest).  The main part of the city shares the island of São Vicente with the island's namesake city.  Established by the Portuguese in the 16th century, Santos is home to the busiest container port in South America and the continent's second-largest port as measured by overall freight tonnage.  

The Port of Vitória

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Porto de Vitória

DINHO (FPV-FILMS)

Check out this drone video of the port of Vitória, Brazil compliments of contributor DINHO (FPV-FILMS).  It's actually one of two ports in and around the city, the capital of the state of Espírito Santo.  The other is the Port of Tubarão, which primarily focuses on exports of iron ore, one of Brazil's top three commodity exports along with soybeans and oil.  Together, Vitória's ports are amongst the busiest and most important in this giant South American country.

RJ's Christ the Redeemer Statue

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Drone Video of Rio's Christ the Redeemer Statue

DRONEAVENTURA

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

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Represa Ltupararanga Votorantim Sao Paolo

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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.  Not surprisingly, giant hydropower projects on major rivers represent some of the most important infrastructure assets 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

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Vila Velha Aerial View - AR DRONE

ARdrone

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, the smallest of the four which make up the official region of Southeastern Brazil.  Vila Velha 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, some of the largest in South America.  

RJ: Serra dos Órgãos

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Rock Climbing in Serra dos Órgãos National Park

DRONE DA MONTANHA

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 (the state capital and Brazil's #2 city).  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

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Parque das Dunas de Cabo Frio

Paroliaz

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 the coastline begins to bend to the southwest, forming a large but shallow crecent centered on the city of São Paulo.

RJ State: Escuna Cavendish

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ESCUNA CAVENDISH

@emotiondrones

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.  It's part of the region known as the Costa verde (Green Coast).  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.

Espírito Santo: Greater Vitória

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Vila Velha Aerial View II - O último dia de 2016

ARdrone

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. 

Sao Paulo: Pedra Grande

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Big Rock

Fabio Knoll

Top contributor Fabio Knoll created this epic drone video of a spectacular geological site called Pedra Grande (translated: Big Rock) in Brazil's southeastern 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 - and South America'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! 

Aerial Tour of the State of RJ

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Around The State - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

Thierry Paris

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

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Niteroi Sunsets and Beaches

Digital Peace Drone

Niterói is a sort of (much smaller) twin to the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, the second largest in this giant South American country.  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.  

The Mantiqueira Mountains

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MOUNTAIN - DAWN

DRONE DA MONTANHA

Here's a stunning aerial view of a mountain range of Southeastern Brazil, compliments of DRONEAVENTURA.  The  Mantiqueira Mountains cover portions of the states of Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, and São Paulo.  The range runs for a length of around 320 km or about 180 mi.; the highest peaks here reach about 2.8 meters above sea level (around 9.2k ft.).  The mountains offer some of the most stunning vistas in the country.  The mountains are also the source of some of the country's most important rivers, which supply drinking water to some of Brazil's largest cities and power some of its biggest hydroelectric dams.  

Landmark in the RJ Interior

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The Tower of Forgotten Times

Fabio Knoll

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 covers a land area of about 43.7 square km (just under 17k square mi.), most of it looks far different than places like Copacabana Beach, Niteroi, and Sugarloaf Mountain.  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.  

Carnaval in Espirito Santo

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Carnaval de Vitória

DINHO (FPV-FILMS)

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

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Ubatuba - Brazil - 4K Drone Video

RVB Drone Studio

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, Brazil's largest and second-largest cities, respectively.  

Guarapari, Espírito Santo

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GUARAPARI - ES

DINHO (FPV-FILMS)

Check out this amazing drone video from the Brazilian state of Espírito Santo, compliments of contributor DINHO (FPV-FILMS).  Guarapari lies on the state's Atlantic coastline, towards its southern end.  The town lies a bit under 50 km (around 30 mi.) south of the state capital Vitória, and is considered part of its metropolitan area.  It's well known for its sand, which is naturally radioactive.  While the level of radioactivity is significant compared to typical sand, it is not considered dangerous.  

Via Velha, Espirito Santo

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Vila Velha by Me.

Pedro Luz

Vila Velha is one of the main cities of the Brazilian state of Espírito Santo, the smallest of the four states of Brazil's Southeast region.  It's part of the Greater Vitória metropolitan area, which is home to most of this highly urbanized state's residents.  Vila Velha lies on the south side of Vitória Bay from the larger city; the bay is actually the estuary of the Vitória River. Vila Velha is the state's oldest city, having been founded by the Portuguese explorer Vasco Fernandes Coutinho in 1535.

Niterói's Itacoatiara Beach

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📍ITACOATIARA - After Beach 🏖

Digital Peace Drone

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.  

Drone Tour of Greater São Paulo

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Grande São Paulo

marcoobezerra

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.

Pedra do Baú

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Pedra do Baú

Fabio Knoll

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.  

SP's Praia da Fortaleza

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Ubatuba - Praia da Fortaleza - SP Drone em 4K

Viagem a Dois BR

Ubatuba is a coastal municipality in the São Paulo state in Southeast Brazil.  It's situated roughly halfway the city of São Paulo to the south and west and the city of Rio de Janeiro to the east.  The Atlantic coastline around Ubatuba is known for its many inlets, small islands and islets, and glorious secluded beaches.  In this drone video by Viagem a Dois BR, you'll get an aerial view of one of these beaches: Praia da Fortaleza, not to be confused with the large port city of Fortaleza in Brazil's Northeast region.  

Rio de Janeiro by Drone

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Cidade de Deus-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

PaulVlad

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.  

Barra, Rio West Zone

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Barra da Tijuca e Jardim Uruçanga - RJ

Thierry Paris

Top contributor Thierry Paris created this beautiful drone video from an area in the western part of the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.  Barra da Tijuca (also simply known as Barra) is part of the West Zone, which extends for many km/miles west of the city center.  It's one of the wealthiest areas in this metropolis, which has a metro population of over 12 million.  Situated on the Atlantic Ocean coast, it's considered the cultural center of the city, and hosted the majority of the venues for the 2016 Olympic Games.  

Central Sao Paulo

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DJI Mavic Pro Centro de São Paulo! 4k

djjohnnydrum

Check out this fascinating drone video of downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, compliments of contributor djijohnnydrum.  It opens with a shot of the Altino Arantes Building, the city's tallest from 1947-1965.  Starting at the 2:10 mark, you'll get a nice view of the lkandmark Theatro Municipal,  which was completed in 1911 and was the site of the now-legendary Modern Art Week exhibit in 1922.  You;ll also see some shots along Avenida Paulista, the main thoroughfare of Brazil's largest city.  

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