Home to the best carnival celebrations in the world, if Brazil wasn’t already on your bucket list, it should be now. From the dense Amazon Rainforest, that covers a huge swathe of the country, to the golden beaches the line its coast, this huge nation has a little bit of everything. And, you should see as much of it as possible.
Of course, you’re not going to able to see all of Brazil in one vacation. Unless your vacation is six months long and you’re willing to change location every few days. But, assuming you have just a couple of weeks to explore, you’re going to want to make sure you visit the highlights.
So, you’ve packed your bags, checked your Brazil visa validity and set your Out of Office. Now all you need to do is compile your itinerary.
Unsure of where you should be going? Here are five places you need to visit during your vacation to Brazil.
1. Rio de Janeiro
Let’s start with the most obvious destination. Rio de Janeiro is probably the first place you will visit on your trip, as this is where most international flights will arrive. Here, you will be able to enjoy the world famous Copacabana Beach and hike to the iconic Christ the Redeemer. If you're the active type, a trip to Sugarloaf Mountain or Corcovado will raise your heartbeat and give you spectacular views over the city and its surrounding nature.
2. Iguazu Falls
These magnificent waterfalls span the border with Argentina and are well worth visiting on your tour through Brazil. There’s nothing quite like feeling the powerful spray tickle your face as you stand just meters away from one of the world’s foremost natural wonders. The sound of the water crashing down, drowning out all other noise, is enough to take your breath away.
3. Chapada Diamantina
Nature-lovers pay attention; this stop is a must while you’re in Brazil. The landscape is made up of craggy cliff faces and plunging canyons. Delve deep into this natural wonderland and you will be rewarded with secret caves filled with crystal clear water and awe-inspiring waterfalls, such as Cachoeira da Fumaça. When planning your vacation, be sure to give yourself plenty of time to explore this national park.
4. Lençóis Maranhenses
The landscape in this national park is unlike anything you will have seen before. Literally meaning ‘bed sheets’, the reason for the name of this park becomes clear the moment you arrive. Pearly white sand dunes stretch out as far as the eye can see, interrupted only by the freshwater pools that gather in the dips. It is a place of unadulterated tranquillity and natural beauty.
The gateway to the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil, Manaus is the jumping off point for anyone who wants to explore the largest rainforest in the world. The city itself is a modern masterpiece of architecture and culture. Whether you plan on exploring the jungle, or simply admiring the delights of Manaus, you would be crazy to skip this place.