Christo Redentor

Christo Redentor, Corcovado, Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Photo by Paul Mannix.

It might be a cheesy, touristy type of thing to do, but I really love visiting lookouts in different cities. Whether it’s hiking to the top of the Eiffel Tower or sipping a cocktail at the Signature Room on the 95th floor of Chicago’s John Hancock Center (tip: the best view is actually from the ladies’ restroom), I just love getting that bird’s eye view.

Unfortunately, you have to time your visit to a lookout just right, and more often than not, the weather is too hazy or overcast to really get a clear view. But, I recently discovered a great online tool that’ll give you a virtual lookout experience where the skies are perpetually clear.

This virtual tour from Rio de Janiero’s Christo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue gives you a fantastic perspective of the Brazilian city. The Christo Redentor statue is visible from most parts of the city, which means up at the lookout, you get a great view of most of the city, including Sugarloaf Mountain (another great lookout spot) and several of the city’s favelas, or shanty towns. You can even zoom in to get a better look at whatever interests you, which is definitely something you can’t do in real life!


Sugarloaf Mountain

A view of Sugarloaf Mountain from the Christo Redentor lookout. Photo by Mike Vondran.