Brazil is a very large country and goes far beyond the stereotype of beautiful beaches. Waterfalls, mountains, rainforests, and sand dune deserts are amongst the diverse natural landscapes one could witness in Brazil. Not to mention the unique cultural traditions in each region of this tropical country has to offer. So, here are the top 10 places to visit in Brazil and some of the highlights you might encounter there.
Rio de Janeiro
It may seem obvious, but Rio de Janeiro is indeed the perfect combination of a big city, beach vibe, touristic sightseeing and cultural experience. The welcoming smiles of Cariocas (locals) and their casual lifestyle with their informal dress code are just the beginning of a very cosy visit to the Wonderful City. While there, make sure to go up Sugar Loaf, have a picnic at Parque Lage, drink Mate at Leblon beach, a few caipirinhas at Baixo Botafogo and go to a samba place at Lapa.
At the border of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina the Iguazu Falls form a magical scenery composed of more than 270 waterfalls. It is recommended to visit both the Brazilian and the Argentinian sides of the falls given their very different perspectives. The Brazilian side offers the Macuco Safari Adventure which allows you to go on a boat ride under the falls and have a shower, unlike anything you might have ever experienced.
The Lençóis Maranhenses National Park is one of the most unique places in the world where kilometres of dunes are mixed with lagoons of blue colour that reflect the sky! It is a rare natural phenomenon. The most interesting thing is that the landscape changes constantly due to the winds that shape the sands transforming the scenery.
Alongside Rio de Janeiro, Bahia is probably the best combination of nature and culture one can find in Brazil. Pelourinho is the historic centre of the city of Salvador, the capital of Bahia, and its streets feature colourful and picturesque buildings. Moreover, the Bahia coastline is the definition of breath-taking. From Mangue Seco to Caravelas, the palm-tree scenario will not get boring.
Not only the coastline and culture of Bahia attract tourists. Right in the middle of this diverse state, there is the Chapada Diamantina Natural Park. There is where you will have the chance to go on hikes, take a refreshing shower in one of the many waterfalls, visit caves and observe the stalactites and even go for a swim at Poço Azul. The most famous attraction there is Morro do Pai Inácio and anyone who ventures through it can enjoy one of the most amazing views of the area.
It is impossible to check some images of Mount Roraima and not want to climb this exuberant mountain, which is on the border between Brazil, Guyana and Venezuela. The beauty of the natural monument goes beyond contact with the clouds. The region has beautiful rivers, waterfalls, interesting rocks, rich presence of fauna and flora and is a paradise for those who enjoy adventure tourism. The trip up the hill can take 7 to 10 days of walking.
Located in the centre of South America, Pantanal is a floodplain representing one of the largest contiguous wetlands on the planet. It is a unique biome that impresses anyone for its beauty and exuberance. The experience lived by those who visit the Pantanal is generally intense and unforgettable. A dive in Lagoa Azul Cave, a ride-along Rio Miranda and a visit to Bonito are some of the recommended experiences.
The largest natural reserve and with the greatest biodiversity in the world occupies almost half of Brazil. Amazon is an adventure destination just as much as it is a relaxation one. The activities range from hiking in the forest, piranha fishing, alligator spotting at night to relaxing on a natural beach by the river. The most common choice is to spend a few days in Manaus and from there hire guided tours and trips to explore the wonders of the tropical humid forest.
Fernando de Noronha
The Fernando de Noronha Archipelago, located in the State of Pernambuco, is considered one of the most beautiful and preserved places in Brazil. Part of this fame can be explained by its paradisiacal beaches and its tropical climate all year round. It is a sanctuary for sea turtles and dolphins. The archipelago has some of the best diving and surfing in Brazil, with Praia do Sancho being one of the highlights due to its clear waters surrounded by coral reefs.
Capitólio, Minas Gerais
The region is full of beautiful waterfalls and among the various cities bathed by Furnas Lake, Capitólio is the most popular one. It is also part of Serra da Canastra meaning that the main activities include adventure and ecotourism. In addition to the waterfalls and viewpoints, the most popular tour includes a hike along the canyons with over 20 meter-height, transforming the landscape into a magical and mysterious one.
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