Flying Drone Atop Dois Irmaoes (Two Brothers) Mountain in Rio de Janeiro

My friend Rodrigo’s doorman lives in Vidigal favela in Rio de Janeiro. He told us it was safe to traverse the favela, with drone and SLR camera equipment, enroute to the climb up Dois Irmãos mountain, which overlooks Leblon and Ipanema beaches. This video is the story of our morning including drone footage.

We left at 7:30 am but before long it was 40°C (104°F) and we were sweating. It’s a pretty full on climb straight up, but as you can see from the photos below, the views are worth it!

If you want to know all the ins and outs of the climb, including safety and route information, you can check it out here.

Dois Irmãos, the iconic mountain at the end of Leblon/Ipanema beach. If you've been to Rio you're probably curious about climbing it, as I was
Dois Irmãos, the iconic mountain at the end of Leblon/Ipanema beach. If you’ve been to Rio you’re probably curious about climbing it, as I was
Looking towards São Conrado and the Pedra da Gávea mountain
Looking south towards São Conrado and the Pedra da Gávea mountain, half way up Dois Irmaoes

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Stoked on reaching the top of Dois Irmãos after a 2 hour climb in the stinking heat. As you can see, the views are worth it.
Stoked on reaching the top of Dois Irmãos after a 2 hour climb in the stinking heat. As you can see, the views are worth it.
Christo Redentor statue in the distance
Christo Redentor statue in the distance

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Dangling above Rochinha favela
Dangling above Rochinha favela

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From this drone angle, the mountain looks like the back of a huge green dinosaur.
From this drone angle, the mountain looks like the back of a huge green dinosaur.

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Rad aerial shot of Dois Irmãos with Vidigal favela on the right, and Rochina favela on the left.
Rad aerial shot of Dois Irmãos with Vidigal favela on the right, and Rochina favela on the left.

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Aerial shot of Vidigal favela
Aerial shot of Vidigal favela

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Making our way back down through Vidigal favela
Making our way back down through Vidigal favela

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Matt Edwards

Australian solar power scientist travels the world for 15 years, takes photos, writes stuff, has toothpaste confiscated. I like adventures that involve art, history, science, music, technology and partying. Sometimes all at once...

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