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Brazil

Travel Guide
Sugar Loaf Mountain which includes a sunset and mountains

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 Business, Museum and Architecture
Explore Brazil’s biggest city, a diverse metropolis featuring exciting cultural institutions, lush public parks, religious monuments and delicious local cuisine.

Reasons to visit

  • Salomon's Temple
  • Corinthians Arena
  • Republic Square
Rio de Janeiro featuring general coastal views, a sunset and mountains
Rio de Janeiro
Known for Tour, Scenery and Sunset
The stunning scenery, vibrant atmosphere and year-round heat will ensure that you have the holiday of a lifetime in this ocean-front city.

Reasons to visit

  • Museum of Tomorrow
  • Copacabana Beach
  • Ipanema Beach
Salvador featuring an administrative building, a square or plaza and outdoor eating
Salvador
Known for Entertainment, 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
  • Cathedral of Salvador
  • São Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador
Prainha Beach featuring general coastal views, a coastal town and a beach
Buzios
Known for Swimming, Surfing and Marina
Stroll along a scenic promenade dedicated to an iconic French diva, admire gorgeous colonial architecture and scuba dive in pristine bays.

Reasons to visit

  • Japanese Island
  • Rua das Pedras
Tamandare which includes a sandy beach, general coastal views and tropical scenes
Recife
Known for Museum, Monument and Theatre
Admire the fading grander of a historic old town and then explore sweeping beaches in the capital of Brazil’s Pernambuco state.

Reasons to visit

  • Muro Alto Beach
Campinas featuring heritage elements and street scenes as well as a small group of people
Campinas
Known for Church, Cathedral and Coffee
This ambitious city is blessed with a multifaceted past, a dynamic cultural present and a number of lovely outdoor spaces.

Popular places to visit in Brazil

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