[Make sure you check our most recent update at 10 must-see places in Brazil (2012-2013 edition)]
Nearly two years after the publication of my first list of favourite places in Brazil (Top 10: favourite places in Brazil) a revamped version of that list makes the blog’s frontpage – gaining a catchier title in the process. So here is the 2009 ranking of my 10 must-see places in Brazil. Click on the names of the places to go to their full destination cards here at the blog, and find out more about them. Some of the destinations are really well-known. Others fall within the hidden jewel description. Bear in mind I have only included places I have been to (places I’ve read/heard about but I haven’t visited didn’t make it into the ranking).
1. Fernando de Noronha (Pernambuco)
Noronha is where you will find the most beautiful beaches in the whole of Brazil, and crystal-clear waters of unparalleled beauty. If that wasn’t enough, locals do care about the environment, no mean fate in the Brazilian context. A unique place. Not even its dear price tag will remove it from the number 1.
2. Paraty (Rio de Janeiro)
Atlantic rainforest, desert beaches and the best preserved colonial architecture in the country come together to make of Paraty a very special destination.
3. Lençóis Maranhenses (Maranhão)
While it’s not easy to reach the Lençóis Maranhenses, the reward more than makes up for the long journey. A unique landscape of dunes and lagoons where mass tourism hasn’t left its mark yet.
4. Ilha Grande (Rio de Janeiro)
In spite of the numerous threats looming, Ilha Grande is a fantastic and incredibly beautiful nature destination.
5. Boipeba (Bahia)
Wild beaches and crystal-clear waters the way you won’t find anywhere else in Brazil – bar Noronha. On top of that, a charming quiet village where civilization has yet to leave its imprint.
6. Iguaçu falls (Paraná and Argentina)
The breathtaking beauty of the falls will captive you the moment you set your eyes on them.
7. Bonito (Mato Grosso do Sul)
In the southernmost tip of the Pantanal lies Bonito, a mecca for ecotourism and fun in close contact with nature.
8. Morro de São Paulo (Bahia)
A unique combination of sublime beaches with a great atmosphere at the end of the day.
9. Arraial d’Ajuda (Bahia)
Great variety of beaches and a lovely village. Rest and relax during the day, have fun when the night begins.
10. Jericoacoara (Ceará)
Another destination with a nearly-mythical status among travellers. Captivating sand dunes in a remote setting.
HONOURABLE MENTION. Florianópolis (Santa Catarina)
The only reason for Florianópolis not making the top 10 is that rather than a single destination, the island of Florianópolis contains an exciting collection of villages and beaches.
Category: Top 10