Beautiful Rio de Janeiro Photos!

Bring Your Camera!

Despite what's reported about petty crime, Rio de Janeiro photos can be safely taken in many parts of the city. The key is to exercise caution and to use common sense.

Rio is one of the world's most beautiful urban areas. Gorgeous picture opportunities abound, especially along Ipanema and Copacabana beaches and at the main sightseeing areas of Sugarloaf and Christ the Redeemer Statue.

Excellent pictures can be taken at the parks of Jardim Botanico, Tijuca Forest, Forte de Copacabana, Forte Leme, and Parque Catacumba. The beaches just outside the city are outstanding places to take Rio de Janeiro photos in a more carefree manner, especially at the pristine Joatinga, Prainha, and Grumari beaches.

On this page, we have posted a slide show of some of the many pictures we have taken during our more recent visits to Rio. We include Rio de Janeiro photos on most of our website pages, but since space is limited, we created the slide show to share other pictures as well.

Also on this page we list our Insider's Tips for taking Rio de Janeiro photos.

Rio de Janeiro Photos Slide Show

Click the Play Button above for Brazilian music to go along with the slide show pictures!

Rio de Janeiro Photos Insider's Tips

  • Camera - Take a small pocket digital camera to Rio with you. One that's the size of a deck of cards is preferable. The slimmer and less conspicuous the camera, the better. Most of the pictures on this site were taken with a Nikon CoolPix S51 8.1 megapixel camera.
  • Keep the camera out of site - Put it in a zippered pocket or in a wallet sized pouch attached to your belt, and keep it covered by your shirt. For about US $5, you can buy a small, leather zippered, single compartment wallet, at the Ipanema Hippie fair or other craft markets. You can also use one of these small pouches to carry cash and credit cards.
  • Buddy system - It's best to have someone "watch your back" while you are taking a picture. This gives you the opportunity to relax and get the best shot. Your buddy standing behind you, watching and looking around, will generally deter most opportunity seeking pickpockets.
  • Avoid taking pictures on a crowded street or sidewalk - Be patient and wait until the foot traffic thins out and then get your best shot.
  • Beach Photos - Don't take your camera to the beach if you are there to hang out or swim! Street kids will steal your stuff when you are ogling the guy or girl next to you, while you are snoozing, or when you are otherwise distracted. The best Rio de Janeiro photos of the beach are taken in the early morning or early evening, when the sun is lower in the sky or is setting. The crowds are thinner at these times as well. Take your pictures early, stash your camera back in the safe at the hotel, and enjoy the rest of the day at the beach.
  • Bonus Insider's Tip - At sunset, don't miss the opportunity to take pictures from the rocks at Arpoador Beach, or from Ipanema Beach looking down to Leblon Beach and Dois Irmaos Mountains. There will be many Cariocas and other tourists doing the same thing.

  • Out on the town at night - Bring a disposable camera and get the pictures developed at the Walmart back home. You will probably be half loaded when you take these shots anyway, so quality is not the goal. Good memories (Lembrancas) are what you want, so don't spoil the evening by getting mugged over a $200 digital camera.

  • When you've been drinking or plan to drink - Knock back a few cold chopps or caipirinhas in the 90 degree heat, and your guard comes down very quickly. Leave the camera in your room or bring that cheap disposable.
  • At the restaurants - Rio waiters are great about taking group photos of Gringos having a good time at dinner. If you are taking a taxi to the restaurant and back to your hotel, hostel, or apartment, then bring your camera with you. You won't be the first tourist to take a picture of a waiter serving those amazing churrascaria steaks.

  • The main tourist sights - It's very safe at the main attractions, so bring your camera and go crazy. Impress your friends at home with fantastic photos of Rio from atop Sugarloaf and Christ the Redeemer Statue. Keep your camera out of sight coming to and from your destination.

  • The "edgier" parts of town - During the day, you can take your camera to Lapa, Santa Teresa, and Centro. Just use extra common sense and utilize your buddy system. Watch out for the kids hanging on the outside of the open tram (bonde) to Santa Teresa, as these little jerks are known to grab purses and cameras and jump off. Don't bother chasing them up the steep cobble stone streets, as they run like mountain goats.

  • Beaches out of town - No worries here, if someone did swipe your camera, he would have to run a mile or so to get away. The Surf Bus is a great way to get to and from these beaches and it's pretty secure transportation. Don't press your luck by leaving your wallet and camera on the beach while you hit the surf. Have someone watch it for you.
  • What else? Above all, just use common sense when taking Rio de Janeiro photos in the city or at the beaches. There are plenty of fantastic photo opportunities.

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