Brazil is the largest and most visited country in Latin America. It attracts a footfall of over 6 million tourists every year. The country is blessed with diverse natural beauty, rich culture, and vibrant cities. There is a lot more that Brazil has other than football and Carnival, the two things the country is most associated with. In this blog, we pick 10 of the most exciting attractions and activities that you should not miss when visiting the Land of the Samba.
- Exploring Pantanal
Pantanal, a diverse freshwater wetland ecosystem — considered to be the largest and most diverse in the world — is one of the most popular nature attractions in Brazil. It spans over 150,000 sq km and is one of the best places to explore a tropical rainforest. The region has 4 major gateways — Campo Grande, Cuiabda, Coxim, and Corumba. It is recommended to take an experienced guide to better explore the Pantala, which is filled with a large variety of tropical flora and fauna. There are numerous arrangements for accommodation to suit every pocket.
- Climbing Mount Roraima
With a base area of about 31 sq km, Mount Roraima is a triple border to Brazil, Venezuela, and Guyana. It is located at the northernmost point of Brazil. The highest point of the mountain rises to a height of 2810 m above sea level. Although visitors can opt for a microlight plane ride to have an aerial view of this majestic mountain, you can also trek to certain parts of the mountain. The unique shape and its scenic setting has made Mount Roraima one of the very popular nature attractions in northern Brazil.
- Riding the Serra Verde Express
The ride between Curitiba and Morretes in the Sera Verde Express is considered to be one of the most spectacular train rides in the world. Named the Atlantic Forest Train, it will take you through its 110 km journey through some of the most scenic parts of the Atlantic forest in Brazil. Originally built in the 1880s, the route passes through several tunnels and bridges. You will also see many waterfalls and lush green mountains on the way. The better views are on the right side when you start from Curitiba, so try to manage a ticket accordingly.
- Seeing Christ the Redeemer
The Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro is one of the most visited and photographed landmarks of Brazil since its completion in 1931. Standing at a height of 30 m at the summit of the 700-m high Corcovado Mountain, it is one of the largest statues of Jesus Christ in the world. Listed as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, the statue overlooks the city of Rio. No trip to Rio is complete without visiting this engineering marvel. The statue is inside the Tijuca National Park and one can take train ride from the city to get there.
- Visiting the Copacabana Beach
Located in the southern fringes of the city of Rio, the Copacabana Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world. Stretching about 4.5 km, the beach has been attracting tourists for many years, especially during the New Year’s Eve celebrations, when it attracts revelers from all corners of the globe. The beach is lined with several hotels, restaurants, cafes, and clubs which will keep you entertained during your breaks from the tropical sun.
- Exploring Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo is the most populous and most cosmopolitan city in South America. This metropolis is a major commercial and cultural hub of the country. The largest Portuguese speaking city in the world, Sao Paulo is home to some of the largest expat populations from countries like Japan and Italy. The city is known for its cultural and entertainment scene. It is home to many museums and art galleries and hosts several sporting and musical events every year. Even the nightlife is one of the most diverse in Brazil. There is a never a dull moment in Sao Paulo, a city that is not to be missed during your trip to Brazil.
- Exploring Rio de Janeiro
Considered as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World for its unique and beautiful seafront, Rio de Janeiro is one of the most visited tourist destinations of Brazil. Such is the popularity of this city that it is often thought to be the capital of Brazil — a distinction it lost to Brasilia in 1960. It is home to several popular attractions like the Christ the Redeemer Statue, Copacabana Beach, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and the iconic Marcana Stadium. and the Tijuca National Park. It also has numerous museums and churches scattered all over the city.
- Visiting the Lencois Maranhenses National Park
Located on the north eastern coastline of Brazil, the Lencois Maranhenses National Park is one of the true natural wonders of Brazil. Spread over 1500 sq km, and filled with sand dunes, the vast openness of the place creates a unique and unparalleled aesthetic look. Small pockets of crystal clear oases break the monotony of the white sand dunes. The sand is in this park is blown away inland by the strong winds, so the best time to visit is between July and September when the dunes are at their fullest.
- Visiting the Iguazu Falls
With a width of 2.7 km and a height that varies from 60 m to 82 m, the Iguazu Falls is the largest waterfall system in the world. It is located in the state of Parana in southern Brazil, right at the border with Argentina. To give an idea of how big Iguazu is: it is twice the size of the Niagara Falls! The highest part of the falls — at 82 m — has a ‘U’ shape and is known as the Devil’s Throat. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has 275 individual drops right after the rainy season. Tours are available to the falls from various neighboring cities. There are several walkways that have been built so that visitors can have a closer look at the magnitude of the Iguazu. This stunning natural wonder has been featured in several major movies including Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and Miami Vice, to name just two.
- Dancing in the Rio Carnival
The Rio Carnival is considered to be one of the biggest Carnivals in the world, attracting almost 2 million people daily onto its streets. Colorful costumes, huge floats, and unlimited Samba music and dancing keeps the streets of Rio vibrant during the days leading up to Lent — usually around the middle of February. If you are visiting Rio during these 5 days of the Carnival, then swing into action and shake a leg with the Samba dancers.
Originally posted 2017-03-06 14:33:50.