Brazil is the largest country in South America in terms of both area and population. There is a lot to do in this beautiful country. From the beautiful Amazon to the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has an enormous amount of nice places to visit. In this blog you will read about 7 beautiful places to visit in Brazil.
Is Brazil a safe country?
Is Brazil an expensive country?
Brazil is economically a strong country for South America. As a result, prices for food are at about the same level as in western countries. Hotels in most places are slightly cheaper than in western countries. Nevertheless, Brazil is a relatively expensive country compared to other South American countries, such as Bolivia or Peru.
What should you have seen in Brazil?
– São Paulo
– Chapada Diamantina National Park
– Foz do Iguaçu
– Rio de Janeiro
– The Amazon Region
This is the largest city in the southern hemisphere, with more than 22 million inhabitants. Despite this huge crowd, São Paulo is a pleasant city with plenty to do. For example, you can find many museums, including a soccer museum and several art museums. So be sure to check which museums you want to visit before you arrive in São Paulo!
If you are looking for a nice place to eat in São Paulo, be sure to visit Mercado Municipal. In this market hall you will find more than 300 stalls selling fresh, local food. In addition, the following are also nice places to visit in São Paulo:
– Ibirapuera Park
– Avenida Paulista
– Feira de Liberdade
– The historic center
Chapada Diamantina National Park
This national park is considered one of the most beautiful natural parks in Brazil. In places, the park is reminiscent of the world-famous Grand Canyon in the United States. Difference is that this “canyon” is a lot greener, which makes for beautiful views.
Foz do Iguaçu
Foz do Iguaçu is a city located in the state of Paraná. Whereas São Paulo has the most inhabitants, it is this relatively small city that attracts the most tourists each year. And for good reason; there is something unique to be found in the city’s surroundings.
In fact, the city is famous for one of the seven natural wonders around the city: the Iguaçu Falls. These falls are a whopping 2.7 kilometers wide and consist of 270 different waterfalls! The falls are located on the border with Argentina, from the Brazilian side you have a breathtaking view of this unique natural wonder. The easiest way is to book a tour to the falls in advance, so you will be well accompanied by a guide. You will then be taken by van to Iguaçu National Park and have to cover the last kilometer through the rainforest on foot.
What also makes Foz do Iguaçu unique is that here lies the tri-border point. This is where Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina border each other. In the past, this made the city the perfect place for drug smuggling, but due in part to advancing tourism, that trade has been pushed into the background. Therefore, in addition to visiting the falls, be sure to take time to explore this fun town! Other things to find in (the vicinity of) Foz do Iguaçu are Parque das Aves and Itaipu.
Rio de Janeiro
For many, this is Brazil’s most famous city: Rio de Janeiro. When you travel by plane to Brazil, chances are you will also arrive here. In this city you will find a number of world-famous sights and also have the opportunity to relax on the beach.
From another high mountain you have a beautiful view of the city, namely the Pão de Açúcar. The top of this mountain can be reached by cable car. It can be very crowded here, but it is absolutely worth it. You will be rewarded with a truly breathtaking view of Rio de Janeiro.
After the impressive excursions to the above sights, you are probably in need of some relaxation. Where better to do that than on Brazil’s most famous beach? The Copacabana! There are a lot of beach bars here where you can order a delicious cocktail. However, as often happens with famous places, there are other beaches around Rio de Janeiro that are more beautiful than the famous Copacabana. For example, visit Ilha Grande or Ipanema beach. These beaches are a bit quieter and you can also enjoy a cocktail or something to eat!
In addition to the above sights, there are of course many more things to do in this metropolis. For example: Santa Teresa, Jardim Botanico and Pico da Tijuca.
The Amazon Region
Half the surface of Brazil is covered by the Amazon rainforest. The Brazilian part of the rainforest is as large as 4 square kilometers!!! So you will understand that it is not possible to explore the whole area, haha.
One of the things you really must have seen in this area is the city of Manaus. You often start your cruise through the Amazon from here, but the city itself is also well worth a visit. Once one of the most important trading cities in the world, this history is still well reflected in the center.
What animals can you encounter during your tour of the Amazon?
– Amazon dolphin
– Giant otter
– Black caiman
This Brazilian city is surrounded by breathtaking nature. As such, there is plenty to see around this relatively small city. One of the things you can do is snorkel with the colorful fish in the clear rivers and lakes.
One of the places where you can snorkel beautifully is Rio da Prata. Here you will see a huge variety of fish and may even encounter piranhas while swimming. In general, piranhas have little interest in people, but always be careful while swimming. Especially try to avoid large schools of piranhas, in serious cases piranhas can be deadly to humans. So do not deliberately seek out the danger.
If you feel like a little adventure, visit the Anhumas Abyss. This is an underground lake that requires you to first abseil dozens of meters to get here. So it is necessary to do this with a local guide. This one will guide you to the right place and make sure you come down safely!
If you would like to learn more about the history of Brazil, visit the colonial town of Paraty. Among tourists, this town is not as well known as Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, which is why it is wonderful to explore the area here at your leisure. For example, you have beautiful, secluded beaches here that offer views of the mountains beyond.
The best thing about this old town is to enjoy wandering the streets and learning about the local culture. The old houses and churches are an attraction in themselves, so be sure to bring your camera! Highlights are the Santa Rita Church and Maritz Square.
Other things to see in the Paraty area: waterfalls, Saco do Mamanguá and Jabaquara.