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Once sated, head over to the he­li­pad and take one of Helisight’s panoramic flights. These range from a six-minute whirl along the beaches up to a 60-minute ex­trav­a­ganza that takes in the whole city and crosses the bay to Niteroi to ad­mire Oscar Niemeyer’s Ufo-like MAC mu­seum. There’s no bet­ter way to un­der­stand this gor­geous, volup­tuous city than from the air.


Take the ca­ble car back down and a short cab ride to Urca, one of Rio’s best-kept se­crets. Nes­tled in a bay be­low Su­gar­loaf Moun­tain, the district is a haven of 1920s ar­chi­tec­ture with a quiet, cosy charm. Best of all is Bar Urca, a tra­di­tional bar and res­tau­rant fac­ing the water­front. Car­i­o­cas sit on the sea­wall here to soak up the sun­set, slip­ping across the road for bot­tles of beer from the sim­ple bar. Take your time and re­lax. Or­der a shrimp pie or two as well. The old-fash­ioned res­tau­rant up­stairs turns out su­perb, clas­sic seafood dishes too.

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