Take A Stunning Flyover Tour Of Rio De Janeiro

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Welcome to the largest country in Latin America. With a population of 192 million, it gets a little crowded, but Brazil is known for welcoming tourists with a big smile.Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil and the 26th largest in the world. Known for its natural beauty, beaches, and enormous statue of Christ, it’s an amazing place visit, and will play host to the World Cup tournament in 2014.

Our friends at Airpano were kind enough to let us feature some of their panoramas of Rio: here’s what it looks like from above.

In December, Brazil out-paced the United Kingdom to become the sixth-largest economy in the world.

The official language in Brazil is Portuguese, though the dialect and intonation is very different than the type of Portuguese you hear in Portugal.

Now we're over the coast of Rio de Janeiro, which alone has a population of 6.1 million people.

The average temperature in the north is 82.4 degrees Fahrenheit, and in the south it's 71.6 degrees.

Because of the sheer mass of Brazil, there are four time zones in the country.

This is the Botafogo district of Rio de Janeiro. It's a beachfront neighbourhood that is home to Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas, one of the largest soccer teams in Brazil.

Botafogo is located between the mountains of Mundo Novo, Dona Marta, and São João.

In the past few years, Brazil's super rich have been breaking state laws and building houses on private islands or beaches that don't belong to them.

By law all beaches in Brazil are public. But the rich have built mansions and refuse to vacate them, in some cases inciting years-long legal battles.

The local cuisine in many places in Brazil consists of fish caught in these waters.

A clinic in Rio de Janeiro has done more than 14,000 free procedures, according to the Associated Press.

You might have heard of Pele or Ronaldo, two of Brazil's most famous soccer players. Pele was on the World Cup winning squad three times and Ronaldo scored 15 goals in the 2002 World Cup tournament.

This is the Santa Teresa neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro. It's home to first steam-powered tram line.

The Selarón staircase is a popular tourist attraction in Santa Teresa. It connects the town to the Lapa mountains.

Santa Teresa was originally branded an upper-class neighbourhood, but now is more of an artistic hotspot with galleries and studios throughout the city.

The Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro is a famous tourist attraction. The statue is 98 feet tall and weighs 700 tons.

The statue sits at the peak of the Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park.

It's considered the largest art deco statue in the world, and the fifth-largest statue of Jesus Christ on the planet.

The statue is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone and was built between 1922 and 1931.

While the photographer was attempting to take these shots, his pilot refused to hover for long over the favellas (favellas are poor districts of the city) out of fear people on the streets would target the plane with an automatic weapon.

The terrain in Rio de Janeiro varies from mountain ranges, rain forests, and wetlands.

Travel tip: Most bars and restaurants include a service charge of 10 per cent in the bill, but if the service was good its polite to leave a few extra dollars.

But the views are so captivating, it seems worth the trip.

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