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Places to See in Brazil

rio de janeiro tourRio de Janeiro

The most famous city in Brazil, Rio is a vibrant and colourful city. Known for Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, there are some good hotels to choose from within reach of these spots. Other attractions in the city include Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado Mountain (to see the iconic Statue of Christ). If you fancy getting out of the city for a day you could head to Petropolis. Most visitors flock to Rio for Carnival every February but this can be a very expensive and busy time to travel. Unless you particularly want to experience this great event, it is best to avoid the weeks surrounding Carnival.

sao paulo  tourSao Paulo

This huge city doesn’t attract so many tourists but for those who do visit, there are some good museums and hotels. Most visitors tend to fly into Sao Paulo and immediately on to another destination in Brazil.

iguazu  tourIguassu

On the border with Argentina and Paraguay these Falls are a popular attraction in Brazil. The Brazilian side of the Falls offers a walkway allowing a general view of the waterfalls and boat trips are also available. This is a natural crossing point to/from Argentina if you are combining the two countries in a trip.

paraty  tourThe Green Coast

This stretch of coast is south of Rio covering beautiful Ihla Grande and the fishing village of Paraty. Old cobbled streets can be explored in Paraty with a good choice of hotels both in town and out of town. Ihla Grande is a ferry ride from Angra do Reis or Mangaratiba. It has a laid back feel to it and the lovely beaches are lined with tropical Atlantic forest and mountains in the backdrop. Accommodation is a bit simpler here compared to other beach areas but is worth considering if you don’t have the time or want to avoid so many flights.

santa catarina  tourSanta Catarina

Florianopolis is the capital of Santa Catarina Island and July-October southern right whales can be spotted off the coast. The island is separated from the mainland by a 500m channel and is linked by three bridges. Some of the beaches offer great surfing and the island has lush forest and lakes to explore.

brazil amazon  tourThe Amazon

Most people think of Brazil when the Amazon is mentioned and quite rightly as it covers a vast area. Manaus is the main town to fly into to access most lodges but there are some other more remote Amazon lodges should you want to step off the tourist trail a little. As ever, wildlife spotting in the Amazon is difficult due to the density of the forest but you may be lucky to find monkeys, sloth or numerous birds. Boat trips along the river provide good opportunities for viewings too.

pantanal  tourThe Pantanal

This area is a great destination for any wildlife enthusiast. It is accessed by either Cuiaba or Campo Grande, depending on at what lodge you want to be based. As the area is generally open with wetlands, most excursions are done by boat, on foot or horseback. Fewer trees than in the Amazon also mean wildlife sightings are far clearer.

salvador da bahia  tourSalvador

This characterful city on the coast holds some of the best preserved architecture in the Pelourinho part of the city. A night or so is the usual stay here before moving on elsewhere, giving enoughtime to sample the excellent local food and absorb some of the history. For those wanting to add on some beach time then Morro de Sao Paulo, a simple island accessed by short flight or ferry from Salvador, is an excellent choice.

Jericoacoara tourNorth East

This area as a whole has some fantastic beaches. Recife, Natal, Pipa are all great and Fernando de Noronha is beautiful, although very expensive. For something a bit different, Jericoacoara is accessed from Fortaleza by 4x4 over sand dunes in parts and is a great place for families.