See Top Aerial Views of SE Brazil

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.

RJ State: Escuna Cavendish
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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
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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 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


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.

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 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
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Cidade de Deus-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


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.  

Minas Gerais: Belo Horizonte
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Belo Horizonte at 120: A Tribute to Our City

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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. 

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'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
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Prateleiras/Itatiaia - RJ, Brasil


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.

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.  

MG: Carnival in Belo Horizonte
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Celebrating Carnaval in Belo Horizonte

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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
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Drone Video of Rio's Christ the Redeemer Statue


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


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
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Vila Velha Aerial View - AR DRONE


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
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Rock Climbing in Serra dos Órgãos National Park


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
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Parque das Dunas de Cabo Frio


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
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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, and has become a tourist destination especially from the two gigantic cities, each of which is roughly a four hour drive away.  

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.

Espírito Santo: Greater Vitória
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Vila Velha Aerial View II - O último dia de 2016


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
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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; it dates to about 1500.  


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