As the 2014 Soccer World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics approach it is time to refresh our list of must-see places in Brazil. Choose any of the listed destinations – a handful of them if you can afford too!, and the success of your Brazilian trip is guaranteed.
Click on the names of the places to go to their full destination cards here at the BRAZIL TRAVEL BLOG, and find out more about them. Some of the destinations are really well-known. Others fall within the hidden jewel description. 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)
Visiting paradise comes at a price. The most outrageously expensive Brazilian destination is also home to the most wonderful beaches in the entire country.
2. Paraty (Rio de Janeiro)
Colonial architecture, tropical rainforest and secluded beaches. And just a few hours away from Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo. Paraty should feature prominently on any trip around Brazil.
3. Lençóis Maranhenses (Maranhão)
One of the few Brazilian destinations that can rightly claim its uniqueness: a vast expanse of sand dunes and lagoons that make for a mesmerizing landscape. To be enjoyed between June and September.
4. the Pantanal (Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul)
Heaven for wildlife lovers doesn’t get closer than this. Head to the Pantanal for a wildlife experience that can rival many African destinations.
5. Alter do Chão and the river Tapajós (Pará)
You can’t contemplate a trip to Brazil without a true Amazon adventure? Then head to Alter do Chão, where you will discover the Amazon at its best.
6. Iguaçu falls (Paraná and Argentina)
Another Brazilian must. No amount of touristification (and the falls are nowhere near Niagara Falls on that regard) can detract from the sheer beauty of the falls and the surrounding jungle.
7. Ilha Grande (Rio de Janeiro)
Beautiful beaches and extraordinary natural landscapes. To be consumed along with nearby Paraty if possible. Best avoided during the high season.
8. Brasilia (Distrito Federal)
Disneyworld for art and architecture lovers. Come and see what a 50-year-old planned city looks like.
9. Curitiba (Paraná)
Wildly regarded as a model for all Brazilian cities. Curitiba contains quite a number of pleasant surprises for the visitor.
10. Boipeba (Bahia)
Should be placed, by right, at a higher ranking on our list. But the stupidity of some humans (a shopping mall in a secluded off-the-beaten track island???) brings it down to number 10.
Category: Top 10