Gone are the days when tourists would only evaluate accommodation and flight prices before booking a trip. A survey conducted by British insurance company Schofields Insurance confirmed a trend that is clearly seen every day in the feed of thousands of Instagram users: being in scenarios that yield spectacular photos is a priority for travelers.

According to the survey, which interviewed 1,000 Britons aged 18-33, 40% of people prioritize how “Instagram worthy” is the destination they will visit. The photographic aesthetic for social networks outweighs items such as cost, local cuisine and whether alcohol is sold at low prices or not. Launched in 2010, the social network of photos, which belongs to Facebook, exceeded the 1 billion active users milestone in 2018.

If your goal is to impress your family, friends and followers on social networks, the city of Rio de Janeiro is a sure destination. The second largest Brazilian metropolis has breathtaking landscapes. We selected six incredible photos in traditional spots in the city. All published by locals. Check it out:

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@felipe_santos_2014 got this fantastic effect with the clouds at Pedra Bonita. The hiking trail to get there is pleasant and passes through reforestation areas with dense forest. The surprise comes when you reach the summit, where you’ll have a breathtaking view of Pedra da Gávea, Barra, São Conrado, Leblon and Ipanema Beaches, and Morro Dois Irmãos (in the photo). The hiking trail begins at Estrada da Pedra Bonita: to get there, go to the São Conrado Beach and go up Estrada das Canoas until you find a sign indicating the beginning of the trail.

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Look at the color effect in this photograph by @juliollopes. The sunset in Ipanema is famous and stunning. It is on the beach located in the South Zone of Rio, or in the neighboring beaches of Arpoador and Leblon, that locals and tourists usually applaud the sunset.

Rio de Janeiro

@barbaraliviauccello took advantage of the imperial palm grove of the Botanical Garden, in the South Zone, and got this beautiful photograph. The Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro is considered one of the richest and most important in the world. With a total area of 137 hectares – 54 of them of cultivated area, the Botanical Garden houses rare collections of bromeliads and orchids, as well as centennial trees and exotic plants.

If you are a daredevil like @nadercouri, you can hang glider and take a picture with Christ the Redeemer and the city of Rio in the background. What a view, right?  The free flight ramp is at Pedra Bonita, with access by Estrada das Canoas. It’s worth the adventure and the photo.

@ricardosbarboza enjoyed the sunset at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, a beautiful postcard of the southern zone of Rio. Around the calm waters of Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, locals and visitors play sports, have picnics and enjoy moments of relaxation. The setting is perfect.

Don’t worry! @rachelapollonio wasn’t hanging onto an abyss to get that click. The optical illusion is possible at Pedra do Telégrafo, which is in the Pedra Branca State Park, West Zone of Rio. The place is quite trendy among locals and tourists. To get there, all you have to do is take the trail. There are also other sites there worthy of visiting, such as the wild beaches and the Pedra da Lua, another very sought-after site for the unusual photos it offers.