1. Go for a fly-by
Sugar Loaf Mountain, also known as Pão de Açúcar, is the place to go for a 360-degree panoramic view of the city. It’s the highest point above sea level in Rio de Janeiro, and you can take in the dramatic view via the traditional cable car, or be adventurous and take flight with either a helicopter or hang glider. Whatever means you take to soak in the scenery, make sure you go on a clear day in the morning to avoid long lineups.