Top 10 Places to Visit in Brazil

Date Created: 10.03.2014

We often get asked where to visit in Brazil, after all, it’s a massive country so difficult to know where to get started.

Here’s our top 10 places to visit in Brazil if you are looking for a holiday to this wonderful country.

1 – Rio de Janeiro

In our opinion the most beautiful city in the world with stunning natural sights such as Corcovado and Sugar Loaf mountain, Tijuca national park, the iconic beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, stunning colonial and modern archictecture and more nightlife than you can shake a stick at.

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Sugar Loaf and Botafogo

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Copacabana beach from Sugar Loaf

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Corcovado Sunset, Rio-de-Janeiro

Oh, and there’s carnival. THE biggest party on earth!

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Sambadrome parade

2 – Iguassu Falls

The most stunning waterfalls in the world. Forget Niagara or Victoria Falls. Iguassu Falls wipes the floor with them. Declared one of the 7 Wonders of Nature the falls can be seen from both Brazil and Argentina and are an essential part of a visit to Brazil.

3 - The Pantanal

Unknown to many, the Pantanal is THE destination to visit in South America if you are a wildlife lover. The largest floodplain in the world, it attracts a high concentration of large mammals such as jaguars, pumas and ocelots as well as the best birdlife of any destination in the world. It is exceptional. With accommodation offered in lodges on working farms you can learn the gaucho way of life while seeing Brazil’s best fauna.

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Jaguar, The Pantanal

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Toco Toucan, The Pantanal

4 – The Amazon

The Amazon is one of Brazil’s best known destinations. The river and the rainforest offer great opportunities to immerse yourself in nature, to fish for piranhas and visit local communities. You can explore the area either by staying in an Amazon lodge or by travelling down the river by boat. It’s a perfect destination for a family holiday or for anyone who loves nature.

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Monkey in the Amazon

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Meeting of the waters

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Amazon River Dolphin

5 – Salvador

Although it may not have the wow factor of Rio de Janeiro, Salvador da Bahia is probably our favourite city in Brazil. Steeped in colonial history from the time of slavery, the city is a visual and an aural delight, particularly in the historic Pelourinho where bright colours and wonderful music fill the senses. To see the real Brazil whilst on holiday then head to Salvador.

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Salvador da Bahia

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Baiana

6 – Fernando de Noronha

Fernando de Noronha is one of the most beautiful places in the world. A picture perfect archipelago of 21 islands with forested mountains and hills which protrude from the islands’ interior whereas the beaches which surround the islands are stunning with perfect sands and perfect water. In the waters you can find huge schools of dolphins which come close to the shore and these waters are perfect for diving. Noronha has some of the best diving in the world with countless wreck dives possible and an abundance of unique fish.

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Fernando de Noronha diving

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Fernando de Noronha

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Fernando de Noronha diving

7 – Jericoacoara

Pronounced Jeri-kwah-kwah-ra or more commonly just Jeri is an amazing beach village on Brazil’s north coast. It’s 5 hours from the nearest airport, it’s cut off from the main roads and you need a 4 wheel drive vehicle to get there but once there it’s incredible place to relax. Still a fishing village, the streets are covered in sand so footwear is optional and the beaches are some of the best in Brazil. Capoeira on the beach, stalls selling caipirinhas and one of the best destinations in the world for a windsurfing and kitesurfing. If you are looking for a place to chill while on holiday in Brazil then this is it.

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Lagoa Paraiso, Jericoacoara

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Main street, Jericoacoara

8 – Colonial towns of Minas Gerais

Minas Gerais is a state rather than a specific town or city but one which is of real beauty and a must see for anyone who is interested in colonial history. It is here that the Portuguese discovered the great wealth of Brazil in it’s gold and began exporting it back to Europe and it is here that the revolutionary movement for Brazilian independence began. Towns such as Ouro Preto, Tiradentes, Mariana, Conghonas and Diamantina to name just a few are steeped in history with cobbled streets and beautiful churches in hilltop settings.

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Igrejas São Francisco and do Carmo, Mariana

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Sao Francisco de Assis Church, Ouro Preto

9 – Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park

The rarely known national park that is Chapada dos Veadeiros is a stunning destination and perfect for those trying to escape the tourist trail in an unspoilt area of nature. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and justifiably so. The park is covered in cerrado with deep gorges and some of the most spectacular waterfalls in Brazil. It offers some of the most fantastic trekking in Brazil as well as other adventure activities such as abseiling and horse riding. It’s also the brightest spot on the planet when viewed from space due to the high concentration of quartz found in the earth!

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Saltos do Rio Preto, Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park

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Vale da Lua, Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park

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Rei do Prata Waterfall, Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park

10 – Trancoso

If you are looking for somewhere chic, trendy and super cool then look no further than Trancoso in southern Bahia. A playground for national and international celebrities with some of the best restaurants outside of Rio or Sao Paulo in a laid back bohemian style setting. Not surprisingly the village has some of the finest hotels and accommodation in Brazil so if you are looking for a luxury break to Brazil, then this is it.