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Brazil
Travel Guide

Sugar Loaf Mountain featuring mountains and a sunset

Unrivalled natural scenery, countlessbeaches and an irresistible party atmosphere make this one of South America’smost picturesque and exciting countries.

Braziltruly has an individual flair in South America. Discover unmistakably Brazilianflamboyance and color in the enormous country’s scenery, wildlife, cities andcarnivals. Observe colonial heritage in the only South American country to becolonized by the Portuguese. Secluded islands and white sandy beaches await explorationon 4,655 miles (7,491 kilometers) of Atlantic coast.

Experiencethe infectious energy of Rio de Janeiro,home to Sugar Loaf Mountain, Ipanema and Copacabana. Explore the sand dunes of Natal and the Afro-Brazilian culture of Salvador. Surf on the beaches of Florianopolis or wander the streets of Paraty, a beautifully preserved colonial town. Discover surfing,canoeing and snorkeling spots on picturesque islands, such as Fernando de Noronha, Ilha Catimbau and Ilhe Grande. Go island hopping alongthe Costa Verde.

Naturalattractions abound inland, too. Spot anaconda, caiman, jaguars and wild boaramid the wetlands and savannah of PantanalReserve. Join a trek or river cruise through the jungles and rainforests ofthe Amazon. Discover waterfalls, river beaches, caves and remarkable rockformations while hiking in ChapadaDiamantina National Park and Chapadados Veadeiros National Park. Marvel at the majestic Iguaçu Falls, 275 individualwaterfalls that span the Argentine border.

VisitSão Paulo, a fast-paced city famousfor its art galleries, markets and nightlife. Check out the purpose-builtcapital Brasilia and the traditionalbars, or “botecos”, of Belo Horizonte.Alternatively, unwind in the parks of eco-friendly Curitiba.

Don’tmiss the chance to discover the fun-loving character of Brazilians and theirextravagant festivals, including Carnival, just over a month before Easter, andRéveillon (New Year). Join the wild crowds in Rio de Janeiro or experiencelocal carnival style in Olinda and Recife.

Travelingaround South America’s largest country takes time and many visitors choose tofocus on specific regions. Getting around is made easier by budget airlines anda large network of reliable intercity buses. Wherever you decide to go you’lluncover a fascinating mix of colors, cultures, rhythms and landscapes.

Popular cities in Brazil

Bank of Brazil Cultural Center showing heritage architecture and street scenes as well as a large group of people
Sao Paulo
Known for Museum, Art and Cultural Activity
Experience the diversity of this megacity’s cultural offerings, visit religious buildings or practice Portuguese with locals in nightclubs or shady parks.

Reasons to visit

  • Paulista Avenue
  • Historic Center
  • Ibirapuera Park
Rio de Janeiro showing general coastal views, a sunset and mountains
Rio de Janeiro
Known for Beach View, Sea and Scenery
Celebrate Brazilian culture in the city where the samba was born and enjoy the stunning natural wonders right at its doorstep.  

Reasons to visit

  • Copacabana Beach
  • Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon
  • Avenida Atlantica
Salvador which includes outdoor eating, a sunset and a square or plaza
Salvador
Known for Beach View, Museum and Live Music
This energetic coastal city has a grandiose old town, superb art museums, pristine beaches and glitzy festivals, which celebrate its Afro-Brazilian roots.

Reasons to visit

  • Mercado Modelo
  • Corsario Beach
  • Cathedral of Salvador
Prainha Beach featuring a sandy beach, a coastal town and general coastal views
Buzios
Known for Beach View, Surfing and Natural Park
Stroll along a scenic promenade dedicated to an iconic French diva, admire gorgeous colonial architecture and scuba dive in pristine bays.

Reasons to visit

  • Itajuru Canal
  • Geriba Beach
Itajai showing railway items and a city
Itajai
Known for Beach View, Walking and Countryside
Try fresh seafood at the beach, go on a wine tasting in a villa and explore museums where displays focus on anything from beer to colonialism. 

Popular places to visit in Brazil

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