Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Points of Interest in Google Earth

Rio de Janeiroin Google EarthHere is another collection of placemarks showing many of the points of interests in a popular city. This time we have Rio de Janeiro in Brazil with over 1000 placemarks (in portuguese). The collection also contains polygons showing the borders of districts (counties?) in the area. Each district has a placemark showing its approximate population. It is being maintained by a ‘muxaxo_rj’, who for some reason has put his E-mail address as a link in most of the placemarks. There have been contributions from many other brazilians in the thread. There are a number of web cam placemarks in the area as well. I really like web cam placemarks where you can compare the GE views to the real-life current web cam shots.
If you’re going to visit Rio, you really can’t miss seeing the famous Christ the Redeemer statue up in the mountains. So, here is a 3D model of the statue posted by ‘wribeiro’. Of course, you can also turn on the Google Earth Community layers in GE and see even more points of interest.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Excelent post, i live 21 years at Rio de Janeiro, and have never seen my city like this..

  2. Just an explanation of what is written above:
    “The collection also contains polygons showing the borders of districts (counties?) in the area.”
    These “districts” are more like neighborhoods than counties. Comparing to New York city, these neighborhoods in Rio are equal to their Boroughs. This comparision is a little out of scale, since Rio’s boroughs are just a quarter of the New Yorker’s boroughs size.
    If you get yourself in Rio, you may follow what I’m talking about.
    Have a great, people.

  3. Good for rio de janeiro and good for all!

  4. I wonder if Google lets us know when it will update its pictures of a place. Does it? There are a lot of improvements being built in the city and I’m dying to see from above how they’re going.

  5. I was planning a trip to Rio to visit Ipanema however do to costs and travel time I guess i will be waiting until next year. Here its wonderful there.

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