17 Best Places to Visit in Brazil
Famous for being home to one of the world’s top football teams, the Rio de Janeiro Carnival and the remarkable Iguazu Falls, Brazil is an exciting world travel destination. As South America’s largest country, Brazil covers a majority of the continent’s northeastern region and borders all of its countries except for Chile and Ecuador.
From the Amazon rainforest in the North to the tropical beaches along the Atlantic, to the Pantanal wetlands and the vibrant metropolises of the Southeast there are plenty of interesting places to visit in Brazil.
17. Jericoacoara [SEE MAP]
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Located in the northeast of Brazil in the state of Ceara, Jericoacoara is a lovely, laidback place nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and a national park of the same name. Often referred to as Jeri or Jijoca, the small and secluded seaside town boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in Brazil and is an increasingly popular tourist destination.
Besides its beautiful beaches, Jeri is surrounded by delightful dunes and lagoons that offer countless recreational opportunities, with hiking, swimming and watersports all very popular. Exploring the area on horseback or in dune buggies is a fantastic way to see as much of its splendid scenery as possible; Pedra Furada – or the ‘Arched Rock’ – is the standout sight and symbol.
While its remote setting makes visiting Jericoacoara a challenge, it is well worth the effort for its sumptuous scenery, wealth of outdoor activities, and surprisingly lively nightlife.
16. Sao Paulo [SEE MAP]
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Not only is Sao Paulo the largest city in Brazil, but it is also one of the largest in the world according to population. Located in southeastern Brazil, Sao Paulo is known for its skyscrapers, gastronomy and robust culture scene. Home to many ethnic groups from all over the globe including the largest Japanese community outside of Japan.
Dividing the city between its old and new districts, Paulista Avenue is the city’s busiest strip, brimming in businesses, shopping malls, art galleries, theaters, restaurants and coffee shops. Although Sao Paulo is known for its concrete jungle, it is also home to a large number of public parks and even portions of the Atlantic rainforest.
15. Brasilia [SEE MAP]
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Located in the Brazilian Highlands, Brasilia was installed in 1960 as Brazil’s capital. Brazil’s former President Juscelino Kubitschek of the late 1950s ordered the city to be planned and developed into what some refer to as a utopia. Brasilia’s modern day infrastructure is designed in the shape of an airplane in which each of its sections serve as different districts such as government, commercial, residential and cultural.
Brasilia’s new and creative architecture attracts many visitors. Most significant is the Three Powers Square, which houses the Presidential Palace, the Congress and the Supreme Court. Other important buildings include the Palácio da Alvorada, the President’s official residence and the TV Tower. The Brasilia Cathedral with its glass roof that resembles hands reaching up to heaven is a must visit.
In addition to all its concrete, steel and glass, Brasilia also features a large artificial lake and several beautiful parks that all offer a variety of leisure activities. The capital is also an important transportation hub for travel within Brazil.
14. Ouro Preto [SEE MAP]
Tucked away among the mountains of Minas Gerais, Ouro Preto is the most picturesque, popular, and well-preserved colonial town in Brazil. As it was one of the main centers of the Brazilian Gold Rush, wealth and riches poured into its streets – along with the power and prestige that came with it.
Strung out across a series of hills, its historic center is full of steep, winding cobbled streets that meander past gorgeous old buildings and 18th-century churches. The small city also has several interesting museums for visitors to check out; many of these focus on the artworks of Aleijandinho or Ouro Preto’s mining past.
Many people visit the city for its rich history and culture or to visit the numerous mines via a guided tour. In recent years, Ouro Preto’s colorful carnival has attracted more and more revellers to its ancient streets.
13. Bonito [SEE MAP]
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Lying in the southwest corner of Mato Grosso do Sul, the small city of Bonito is a great place to go in Brazil if you are looking to explore the gorgeous Pantanal region. While there’s not all that much to see or do in the town itself, it has long been the posterchild of sustainable ecotourism in Brazil.
Awash with natural wonders, the area surrounding Bonito is home to sparkling waterfalls, gushing rivers, and huge sinkholes and lake-filled caves that you can go swimming or snorkeling in. Hiking in the lush rainforest is also popular, with lots of colorful fauna and flora to be spied in Serra da Bodoquena National Park.
Many companies operate out of Bonito’s pousadas, and excursions usually focus on the Pantanal’s rich ecology and ecosystems. Among the most popular are snorkeling below underwater stalagmites at Anhumas Abyss, enjoying a canopy walk in the rainforest, and exploring Blue Lake Cave – one of the largest flooded caves in the world.
12. Fortaleza [SEE MAP]
Nice beaches, dynamic shopping and lively culture all make Fortaleza one of Brazil’s popular tourist destinations. The capital of the Ceará state on the country’s northeastern coast, Fortaleza is Brazil’s fifth largest city, well-known for its forró music.
Featuring a mix of colonial and modern day architecture, Fortaleza offers plenty of things to see and do. Praça do Ferreira is the city’s main square where restaurants, shops and a movie theater are all located. Praça José de Alencar is another popular square where street performers can be observed.
Fortaleza’s 16 miles of urban beaches are one of the reasons many tourists flock to the city. The most popular beach is Praia do Futuro, but other favorites are Iracema, Mucuripe and Meireles. Not only are the beaches great for swimming, sunbathing, fishing and surfing competitions, but they also offer hotels, restaurants and markets. Fortaleza also serves as the jumping-off point for many visitors to truly spectacular beaches, rolling dunes and idyllic fishing villages along the Ceará coast.
The shopping experience in Fortaleza is another of its main attractions. Because the city is home to a large textile industry, clothing is cheap here. Local handicrafts and fresh seafood and produce can be found among the city’s markets while the Iguatemi Mall offers a little of everything.
11. Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park [SEE MAP]
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Home to sparkling lakes, dramatic waterfalls, and stunning landscapes – as well as some of the oldest and most biodiverse tropical ecosystems in the world – Chapada dos Veadeiros really is a treat to explore. Covering a huge area in the center of Brazil, the marvelous microregion can be found in the state of Goias, some three hours drive north of the nation’s capital Brasilia.
Chapada dos Veadeiros’ main attraction is the wonderful national park of the same name that lies atop an ancient rainforest-coated plateau. Scarred by jagged cliffs and crumbling canyons, the park is fascinating to hike around, with lots of awe-inspiring waterfalls hidden away among its verdant flora and fauna.
Other highlights include the appropriately named Moon Valley, which is home to lunar landscapes. Swimming and bathing in any one of the numerous waterfalls and rivers that dot the area is a must-do. The two main places to stay when visiting Chapada dos Veadeiros are Alta Paraiso and Sao Jorge, a small city and village which lie not too far from all of the main sights.
10. Parati [SEE MAP]
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A paradise of tropical forests, waterfalls, emerald sea and coastal mountains, Parati is a popular tourist destination located along Brazil’s Green Coast in the Rio de Janeiro state. Also spelled Paraty, this beautiful city is a former Portuguese colony established on the shores of the Bay of Ilha Grande.
The heart of Parati is its historic center with cobbled streets and multicolored colonial houses, many of which now serve as bed-and-breakfast accommodations called pousadas. Some of the most visited attractions here are the colonial defense forts that still boast original walls and cannons. The historic center of Parati is pedestrian-only.
Surrounding the city are several beautiful parks and nature preserves where visitors can hike and explore the natural setting of mangrove forest, waterfalls and wildlife. There are also indigenous villages here that can be visited. The bay offers gorgeous beaches where visitors can enjoy swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, diving and boat cruises.
9. Recife [SEE MAP]
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Nicknamed the “Venice of Brazil” because of its numerous waterways and bridges, Recife is the capital of the Pernambuco state and one of the largest and most important cities on Brazil’s northeastern coast. Situated amid tropical forests with many islands and rivers, Recife is an interesting place to visit because of its historic old town, beaches and vibrant culture.
Recife was a Dutch colony during the early 17th century, and nowhere is this more evident than the city’s historic district where many colonial buildings still remain. Some of the most significant structures include the oldest synagogue in the Americas and one of Brazil’s most beautiful baroque churches, the Franciscan Convent of Saint Anthony. Saint Peter Square is also noted for its history and picturesque setting of colorful buildings, shops and restaurants.
The city’s main market, the Sao José Market, is a popular place to find traditional handicrafts, medicinal herbs and locally produced food. Recife’s beaches are considered some of the best in Brazil. Lined with hotels, restaurants and bars, Boa Viagem is the most popular beach with its pristine white sands, clear water and coral reef.
8. Chapada Diamantina National Park [SEE MAP]
Created in 1985 to protect, preserve, and promote its spectacular scenery and rich ecosystems, Chapada Diamantina National Park lies in the northeast of Brazil in the center of the state of Bahia. Popular among nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, the park encompasses everything from dramatic mountain ranges and sweeping valleys to teeming rivers and towering waterfalls.
As it is set atop of a plateau, the park is very mountainous, with its tallest peaks reaching more than 2,000 metres. Crumbling, rugged cliffs line the plateau, as do lots of epic waterfalls; the awe-inspiring 380-metre-high Cachoeira da Fumaca is the tallest in Brazil. Cavernous caves also punctuate its rugged terrain, with Lapa Doce and Pratinha two of the largest.
Thanks to its diverse landscapes and gorgeous scenery, Chapada Diamantina National Park is an increasingly popular tourist destination. Visitors can choose to either camp or stay in one of the small towns, such as Lencois and Vale de Capao. Horseback riding and hiking are popular pastimes, as is swimming in the rivers and pools of the area.
7. Olinda [SEE MAP]
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One of Brazil’s best-preserved colonial cities, Olinda is located on the country’s Atlantic Coast in the northeastern state of Pernambuco. Founded by the Portuguese in the early 16th century, the city served as the state’s capital until it was burned by the Dutch, thereafter losing its sovereignty to its nearby neighbor, Recife.
Perched on a picturesque hilltop surrounded by trees, Olinda’s historic downtown is a treasure trove of colonial churches, colorful old houses and numerous artisan studios. Because of its love affair with art, Olinda packs many shops and markets selling paintings, ceramics, sculptures and handicrafts.
Every year, Olinda hosts its lively Carnival celebration that differs somewhat from those of Rio de Janeiro and Salvador in that Olinda’s festival is best at daytime and features the music, dances and traditions of African culture. Olinda’s Carnival involves parades, lavish costumes, giant puppet dolls, street parties and the rhythms of maracatu and frevo.
However, even outside of the Carnival season, Olinda offers an animated culture where every weekend buzzes with parties, bars, nightclubs and singing groups who perform serenades of traditional songs in the streets.
6. Pantanal [SEE MAP]
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Covering a vast swathe of western Brazil, as well as parts of Paraguay and Bolivia, the Pantanal is the world’s largest and most diverse tropical wetland area. Due to its stunning scenery and incredible wildlife, the region is increasingly popular to visit, although its remote and watery nature does pose a few challenges.
During the rainy season, around 80 percent of the floodplains are submerged, so the only way to get around is by plane or boat. It is worth it, however; the endless marshes and grasslands are home to an astounding array of fauna and flora.
Besides exploring the scenic landscapes ranging from swamps and savanna to lakes, forests, and wetlands, visitors are also sure to spot many caiman and capybara. The highlight of any trip is spotting the South American jaguar; the Pantanal is the best place on the continent to catch a glimpse of the elusive creature.
5. Florianopolis [SEE MAP]
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The capital of Santa Catarina state, Florianopolis lies in the south of Brazil, with half of the city set on the mainland and the other on a beautiful island. Due to its scenic setting, it is a very popular tourist destination and is widely considered one of the best places to live in the country.
An important economic, cultural, and political center, Florianopolis is a modern city with lots of large shopping malls and chic restaurants, as well as lively bars and nightclubs. Despite this, it is a lovely laidback place, and each of its neighborhoods has its own distinct identity.
The main attraction, however, is the wealth of fabulous beaches, which total around 60. While relaxing in the gorgeous scenery is divine, Florianopolis also has stunning dunes, sparkling waterfalls, and forested mountains – as well as a large lagoon for visitors to explore. Hiking and cycling around the ‘Magic Island’ (which it is also known as) are popular activities, as are paragliding and watersports.
4. Manaus [SEE MAP]
The capital of the Amazonas state in northwestern Brazil, Manaus is an important tourist destination because it serves as a gateway to the Amazon rainforest.
As a result of the region’s flourishing rubber industry during the early 20th century, Manaus today is Northern Brazil’s largest metropolitan area, featuring distinguished landmarks like the Amazonas Opera House, the Adolpho Lisboa Market and the Rio Negro Palace.
Not only is the port of Manaus an important commercial hub for several manufacturing industries, but it also serves as the most popular starting point for river tours into the Amazon rainforest. Some of the most striking things to see on these tours include the Paricatuba Waterfall, Love Cascade and glimpses of the Pied tamarin, Brazil’s most endangered monkey. Another significant sight is the Meeting of the Waters, which is a natural phenomenon where the two rivers of Negro and Solimões run side by side for more than three miles without mixing.
Besides the rainforest and river, Manus also offers public parks, a botanical garden and a zoo. Several beaches are here as well such as Ponta Negra with a number of restaurants, bars and hotels.
3. Salvador [SEE MAP]
A historic Old City, beautiful beaches, lively culture and one of the world’s biggest Carnival celebrations all fashion Salvador into one of Brazil’s top tourist destinations. One of the oldest cities in the Americas, Salvador is Brazil’s third largest city and the capital of the Bahia state.
Formerly a major center of sugar and slave trade, Salvador today still bears traces of its history in its Old City, which features colonial architecture, stunning churches and plazas where important events once occurred. Also found in the old quarter are many restaurants, bars, art galleries and handicraft shops. Contrastively, Salvador’s New City district is where all the modern day developments of shopping megaplexes, entertainment venues, golf courses and residential neighborhoods are located.
Situated on the coast of the Bay of All Saints, Salvador offers fantastic beaches that are ideal for sunbathing, swimming and surfing. Some of the most popular include Porto de Barra, Flamengo and Stella Maris.
One of Salvador’s main crowd-pullers is its annual Carnival celebration. Acclaimed as one of the largest in the world, this extravagant event involves music, dancing, parades, costumes and street parties.
2. Foz do Iguacu [SEE MAP]
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One of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders in the world, Iguazu Falls straddles the Argentine-Brazilian border. It is often compared to Niagara Falls and Victoria Falls, such is its staggering size and scale. Surrounded by dense rainforest, its endless series of cascades stretch for almost three kilometers, making it the largest waterfall system in the world.
Every second, incalculable gallons of water from the Iguazu River course over the Parana Plateau, plunging onto the rocks and pools below. While 80 percent of the falls are in Argentina, it is the Brazilian side that offers the most spectacular views, with Devil’s Throat canyon being the highlight.
Besides gazing in awe at Iguazu Falls and taking in the deafening roar, visitors can take a boat ride beneath the falls or go hiking in the steamy rainforest that surrounds them. The gateway to the falls on the Brazilian side is Foz do Iguaçu, a big and reasonably safe city by Brazilian standards.
1. Rio de Janeiro [SEE MAP]
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There is no destination on earth more animated and exciting than Rio de Janeiro. Located in southeastern Brazil, Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city of South America due to its famous mountains, beaches and Carnival festival.
Rio de Janeiro is situated on one of the world’s largest harbors surrounded by natural attractions that include the Sugarloaf and Corcovado mountains and famous beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema. Within this sprawling metropolis is Tijuca National Park, one of the world’s largest urban forests, teeming in native flora and fauna.
The city’s iconic landmark is the enormous Christ the Redeemer statue sitting atop Corcovado mountain. Other important landmarks include colonial fortresses, former presidential palaces and Maracanã Stadium, one of the world’s largest football stadiums.
Sadly, most people also know Rio for its crime and favelas. The favelas are areas of poor-quality housing, slums usually located on the city’s many mountain slopes, juxtaposed with middle-class neighborhoods.
Rio de Janerio is home to one of the world’s largest Carnival celebrations, renowned for its vibrant parades, costumes, dancing, music, fireworks and street parties. Outside of the festival, the city buzzes nightly with an abundance of bars and dance clubs.
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The 15 best places to visit in Brazil
The 6 months I spent in Brazil count among my favourite adventures. From the local atmosphere, to the culture and the sublime landscapes, I don’t know which has left the greatest mark on me. In any case, one thing is sure, Brazil is an unforgettable destination that astonishes in 1001 ways. Since it is a large country, it can be difficult to choose which places to visit, so here’s an introduction to the essential discoveries on your trip to Brazil.
If you want to discover the quintessential cities at the heart of Brazilian culture, visit Rio de Janeiro, Salvador de Bahia, São Paulo, Ouro Preto, Tiradentes, Recife and Olinda. Want to relax on heavenly beaches? Take your sarong and enjoy Florianopolis, the Costa Verde, the Fernando De Noronha archipelago and Jericoacoara. Last but not least, visit Brazil’s natural wonders – the Iguazu Falls, the Amazon and the Chapada Diamantina, Lençois Maranhenses and Pantanal national parks.
Rio de Janeiro
Welcome to the most emblematic city in Brazil! How can you visit Brazil without experiencing the “Maravilhosa Cidade” (Marvelous City)? Here, every street, every neighbourhood is famous: the Corcovado, the statue of Christ the Redeemer who watches over the city; needing no introduction, Sugarloaf Mountain, rises above the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. Stroll through the Botanical Garden or Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world. Museum lovers, will be delighted by fine arts, the national museum and the Museum of Tomorrow. Discover the picturesque district of Santa Teresa, its spectacular views of the bay, its cobbled streets and its tramway. And finally, Rio, birthplace of the samba, is the prime spot to enjoy the best concerts – on the streets or the beaches, in cafés or at the famous Sambodrôme during Carnival.
Claire’s tip : Don’t hesitate to take a guided tour of Rio de Janeiro; as well as not missing out on the top sites, you’ll be sure not to find yourself in the areas which are not recommended for travellers.
The Iguaçu Falls
The simply breathtaking Iguaçu Falls are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Imagine 80m waterfalls of phenomenal power, bordered by the rainforest. Take the time to witness the abundant flora and fauna. The rainbows and tropical animals which surround you lend an additional touch of magic. Although most of the park is in Argentina, the Brazilian side is no less spectacular. If you’re still considering a visit to this part of Brazil, then go for it because Iguaçu is a unique place in the world.
Claire’s tip : This is a very impressive setting to take part in the many activities around the falls: boat tours, zip wires and climbing.
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Recife and Olinda
Proudly representative of the region of Pernambuco, Recife is famous for its folk traditions which come alive during Carnival. The style of the region’s music, dancing, and dress is unique and colourful. Known as the “Venice of Brazil” you will discover the typical Dutch and Portuguese architecture of the area. Linger in Recife Antigo or Pernambuco’s museums to learn more about the traditions of the region. At the gates of the city, you will discover the adorable multi-coloured village of Olinda, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a marvel that you should not miss. Then, on the coast, enjoy fabulous, picture perfect beaches.
Claire’s tip : Even though Olinda is very small compared to Recife, it really deserves a visit. I recommend getting lost in its streets and climbing to the main square for a lunch break.
The Chapada Diamantina National Park
Located in the heart of the Bahia region, this national park is full of wonders to discover. Go on a hike to climb the fabulous hills and plateaus that dominate the valley. The area takes its name from “chapada” meaning the highlands, and “diamondina” referring to the former diamond mines. You can also visit several caves, for spelunking or, more surprisingly, to go swimming. The Poço Azul (blue pool cave) is particularly stunning: the water is both an intense blue and yet so transparent that when you bathe there it feels vertiginous. And if you want to bask in crystal clear waters, visit the waterfalls and small, relaxing beaches.
Claire’s tip : The national park is a fabulous area, but the city of Chapada also deserves to be discovered.
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Salvador de Bahia
A veritable cradle of Brazilian culture, Salvador is one of the most beautiful cities in Brazil, thanks to its colourful colonial architecture and its diverse heritage. Here, we find traces of both Portuguese and African culture in the local traditions and food culture. Joyful, multi-ethnic and captivating, the prevailing atmosphere in Salvador is electrifying. Among the most beautiful places in the city, do not miss Pelourinho, the historic centre listed as UNESCO World Heritage site, then take the elevator Lacenda to get to the market. Don’t forget the Barra lighthouse and its beaches, the Dinha square in the Rio Vermelho district, and the beaches of Itapua.
Claire’s tip : Take a boat trip to the island of Itaparica, just off Salvador. In a single day you will discover a myriad of exquisite landscapes.
Belém, Manaus, and the Amazon rainforest
Legendary. Mystical. The Amazon rainforest inspires dreams. Its lush flora and abundant fauna, its indigenous communities and unexplored spaces make the Amazon more than a destination – it’s an adventure! Two big cities allow you to acquaint yourself with the rainforest: Belèm and Manaus. Each built in the colonial architectural style, there are some interesting monuments and museums such as the theatres, the Biopark and the museums of palaeontology and natural sciences. After visiting these cities, you can easily find excursions to explore the forest, whether by car or boat. Feel free to take several days and let yourself be guided by local guides.
Claire’s tip : If you want to escape the large towns and be closer to the forest, visit Alter do Chao, a small village of exquisite charm.
Known as the city where “life is best in Brazil”, Florianópolis is the ideal destination for those who want to enjoy a city on a human scale, lined with beaches. Located on the island of Santa Catarina, you can find beautiful natural and urban landscapes in the city. The forests and beaches that cover the island offer a spectacular setting for strolling or lazing around. In the city, the picturesque streets of the historic centre will astonish with their colours and paved floors. There are also many tourist attractions such as the cathedral, the municipal market, the palace and the fortresses which tell the story of the island before it became the favourite holiday destination of Brazilians.
Claire’s tip : Florianópolis is also a great party destination! During the day, the city invites you to relax. By night time, it is transformed into a giant club. So enjoy a cocktail on the beach or in town while soaking up the concerts.
The Lençóis Maranhenses National Park
This absolutely exceptional park is unique in Brazil. Imagine endless sand dunes intermingled with lagoons and a magnificent view of the ocean. Unfolding over 30km by 50km, the park is as large as the city of São Paulo. Travel the desert in a 4×4 searching for lagoons to take swimming breaks. You will particularly appreciate them in the local heat. Some oases are surrounded by a jungle so dense that you might think you were in the full Amazon. Kitesurfing enthusiasts will find an ideal playground here. The cities of Barreirinhas (the best known) and Atins, smaller but equally magical, both offer access to the park.
Claire’s tip : Tempting as it might be to visit the park alone, I recommend you take a guide, otherwise you may quickly find yourself lost.
The Pantanal National Park
Known as the largest marsh in the world, the Pantanal is also the most beautiful animal sanctuary in Brazil. Here, nature exercises its full power over virgin landscapes. Here we see how fragile, precious and magnificent nature can be. Nature lovers can discover a corner of paradise to observe monkeys, jaguars, sloths, iguanas, caimans, toucans and parrots. Even endangered species such as the anteater, the giant otter or the Brazilian tapir can be seen. A visit inspires great respect for Mother Earth and a wild desire to defend it.
Claire’s tip : The park is often flooded, so avoid visiting during the rainy season from early December to late March.
Situated between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, the Costa Verde is a corner of paradise spread over 200km of coastline. Beaches are entwined with mountains covered in lush vegetation, and no fewer than 300 small islands dot the coastline. Among the many wonders to discover is the fishing village of Paraty. Its cobbled streets and architecture give the impression that time has stood still. Ilha Grande is an island where there are no cars, only lovely beaches and all manner of excursions to explore the mountains or the coast. Finally, Costa Verde is host to two incredible sites for exploring the area’s flora and fauna – the Serra da Bocaina National Park and the Joatinga Ecological Reserve.
Claire’s tip : I recommend you take several tours, through the forest or by boat – it’s the best way to discover the natural wonders of the Costa Verde.
Fernando De Noronha Archipelago
As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the archipelago is a model of ecotourism. Each day, only a handful of tourists are allowed to visit and ecology is at the heart of local life. Arriving on the island, you’ll soon understand the desire to preserve this area where nature is so rich. Tropical forests abound and are home to various species of flora and fauna, the beaches are exceptionally beautiful, and the transparent waters attract marine animals such as dolphins and turtles. Such a teeming ecosystem brings divers from far and wide. The beauty of the archipelago relaxes and restores with its calming energy.
Claire’s tip : Things may often be organised at the last minute in brazil, but it is better to arrange this trip in advance. As the number of visitors is strictly controlled, remember to book your stay a few days or weeks in advance.
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If you like cobblestones and small picturesque villages, then do not miss a visit to Tiradentes. Between Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte, this adorable village is a picture perfect blend of multicoloured cobblestone streets, churches and colonial architecture. Due to its geographical location, Tiradentes became an important staging post for gold and gem prospectors. Today, it retains the authenticity and typical charm of an old Brazilian village. The kind of village to take time strolling around. Among the must-see attractions, discover the magnificent fountain that has become the symbol of the city, as well as the Padre Toledo Museum. You will discover Tiradentes’ an important role in the history of Brazil’s independence.
Claire’s tip : For an even more authentic experience, arrive by train rather than bus. The steam train has been operating since 1881 – it’s a journey back in time.
The economic powerhouse of Brazil, São Paulo is the largest and most dynamic city in the country. Within its maze of buildings, the city hides marvels to be discovered. Lovers of culture and history will be fascinated by the art galleries of São Paulo, the football museum , Afro Brazil museum, the cathedral and the abbey. Contemporary culture is also apparent – every street corner hosts street art and entertainment. Paulista Avenue is the ideal venue to take in the the local atmosphere. Finally, if you want to breathe in more natural spaces, visit the Botanical Garden, Luz Park and Ibirapuera Park. In the evening, visit the small bars and restaurants so typical of the city and let yourself be carried away by the festive atmosphere.
Claire’s tip : It is easy to imagine São Paulo as a charmless metropolis, but it really is worth a visit. As well as beautiful vistas, parks and monuments, it is a destination with its own unique cultural life.
Jericoacoara or “Jeri” to its friends is a destination that is off the beaten track. Located 300 km from Fortaleza, it is accessible only by 4×4. Once you have arrived, you will find a beautiful seaside resort where even the the streets are covered with sand. You will amble past fishing boats and animals roaming free. The white sand beaches and fresh water lagoons will make you want to walk for hours or just bask in the warm, transparent waters. You can also enjoy activities such as sandboarding, windsurfing, paddle boarding, horse riding, quad biking and even capoeira.
Claire’s tip : Don’t miss the wonderful sunsets from the dunes. Visitors gather, facing the ocean to admire the view and experience the welcoming atmosphere.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ouro Preto is a charming city steeped in history. Built in 1711, it was very popular with prospectors in search of gold. In the middle of this luxuriantly wooded valley, you will discover the typical architecture of the colonial cities – white houses with coloured doors and paved floors. Even more beautiful are the 10 Baroque churches of bewitching splendour. You can also visit the old mines and take guided tours to trace the history of the region at the time of the gold rush. As for local crafts, soapstone is the specialty of the area – you will find a colourful selection of vases, mortars and pestles and statuettes.
Claire’s tip : Take the time to visit Ouro Preto and remember to bring sturdy walking shoes as the streets can be very steep.
100 most beautiful places to travel in Brazil
THE Brazil is considered a country of continental dimensions. In each region, throughout the extensive national territory, there are new settings, cultures and pleasant surprises to discover. However, what each of them have in common, without a doubt, are the stunning landscapes.
So, whether in paradise beaches, chapadas, historic cities, large urban centers, monuments, valleys or caves, something is unanimous: the beauties are present from north to south of the country.
So get ready to explore impressive destinations. Here we separate some of the main destinations in the country, considered the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil.
Lago Azul Cave, Bonito- Photo: Michelli Alvares Oliveira / Wikimedia
Most beautiful places in Brazil: Southeast Region
Inhotim, Brumadinho – MG
Considered the largest open-air art museum in the world, Inhotim, in the city of Brumadinho, is a perfect place for those who appreciate art and nature. Its 96 hectares of exhibition area added to immense spaces dedicated to ecological preservation provide a unique experience. Therefore, without a doubt, this is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Brazil.
PETAR, Iporanga – SP
Photo: Rafael Rodrigues Camargo/ Wikimedia Commons
THE PETAR (Alto Ribeira Tourist State Park) brings together one of the largest cave complexes in the world Located in the extreme south of the state of São Paulo, the space houses more than 300 caves, 12 of which are open to visitors. In addition, trails, waterfalls, rivers and a lot of preserved nature make this one of the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil.
Window of Heaven, Ibitipoca – MG
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A paradise for those who love natural beauty and nature trails, Ibitipoca is about 300 kilometers from Belo Horizonte. Full of attractions, the city has several caves and waterfalls, among them the magnificent Janela do Céu, a rapid that follows a canyon, plummeting into a wall that drops 20 meters.
Ilha Grande, Angra dos Reis – RJ
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Imagine a place with more than 100 options of incredible beaches, with crystal clear waters and white sand? so is the Big Island, located in Angra dos Reis. There are several possibilities for trails and boat tours that lead to practically uninhabited beaches of singular beauty, such as the Praia do Aventureiro and Parnaioca. So, just check out some photos of the place to make sure it is one of the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil.
Tijuca National Park, Rio de Janeiro – RJ
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In full Rio de Janeiro, in the Corcovado region, is a place with more than 4 thousand hectares and natural beauties. With viewpoints and waterfalls, there are several centers that can be visited, but the main attraction is located on a stone mountain with 704 meters of altitude. It is the monument of Christ the Redeemer, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
Peruaçu Caves, Januária – MG
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Cavernas do Peruaçu National Park, north of Minas Gerais, brings together beautiful landscapes and true archaeological treasures. Full of rock art, the space also has several trails that take the visitor to gigantic caves, viewpoints, ancient sites and walkways. Therefore, we can consider it as one of the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil.
Bonete Beach, Ilhabela – SP
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Considered one of the most beautiful Brazilian beaches, the Bonete Beach, in Beautiful island deserves to be on this list. Through a trail, visitors are led to a scenery full of waterfalls, viewpoints and native forest. So, when you arrive at the beach, the reward is even greater, with clear waters and strong waves, ideal for practicing water sports.
Historic Center of Paraty – RJ
The romantic Paraty, south of Rio de Janeiro state, is the perfect destination for those who love history and nature. This is because the city has several paradisiacal islands and waterfalls. However, in addition to an impressive natural setting, the destination still maintains a preserved historic center, full of colorful houses, churches and charming spaces.
Caparaó National Park – MG
The Caparaó National Park is one of the main Brazilian destinations for mountaineers. The site houses the monumental Flag Peak, one of the highest in Brazil. In addition, there are still caves, archaeological sites, waterfalls, trails, among other attractions for those who love ecotourism, adventure and surreal landscapes.
Avenida Paulista, Sao Paulo – SP
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One of the unmissable tours to do in São Paulo, the vibrant Avenida Paulista is one of the most beautiful and interesting places to travel in Brazil. Along its route, art spaces, buildings, museums, such as MASP, and galleries can be visited. Also, on Sundays, access to cars is blocked, allowing you to stroll peacefully either by bicycle, along its cycle path, or on a walk.
Itaúnas State Park – ES
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A peaceful and bucolic place located on the border between Holy Spirit and Bahia, Itaúnas has great natural beauty in its surroundings. They are the dunes of the Itaúnas State Park, which reach up to 30 meters in height. In addition to archaeological sites, the place also has beautiful paradisiacal beaches.
Furnas Lake, Capitólio – MG
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Who said Minas Gerais has no sea? Nicknamed “Mar de Minas”, the city of Capitol has Lake Furnas as its main attraction. The space, surrounded by immense cliffs, offers visitors boat rides through its waters, traversing impressive landscapes. In addition, the region still reserves waterfalls, natural pools and trails for those who love nature.
Historic Center of Ouro Preto – MG
Black gold It is one of the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil. With one of the most impressive architectural complexes in the country, the mining town played an important role in the so-called “gold cycle” in the 18th century. So, the The city fascinates by presenting striking and expressive points such as the churches that exhibit incredible works of art from the baroque phase of Minas Gerais, all surrounded by beautiful mountains.
Viscount of Mauá, Resende – RJ
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For lovers of ecotourism, the village of Viscount of Mauá, in Resende, Rio de Janeiro, offers numerous attractions that involve nature. In the place, known for having many waterfalls, it is possible to practice adventure activities in its natural pools, rivers, viewpoints and peaks. In addition, the city has a very charming center and cozy accommodation options.
Pedra Azul, Domingos Martins – ES
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Very close to the capital Vitória, the Pedra Azul State Park It has more than 1240 hectares of nature, its main attraction being the rock formation that bears the park’s name. The famous Pedra Azul is over 1822 meters high and has as a curious factor reaching more than 35 different shades throughout the day. Therefore, this is one of the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil.
Tiradentes Historic Center – MG
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With a well-preserved architectural heritage and an unpretentious climate surrounded by mountains, the charming straps It is one of the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil. Surrounded by the complex of Serra de São José mountains, the small town offers a quiet and peaceful atmosphere, perfect for a walk through its historic center, which holds some treasures of Brazilian Baroque art.
Forno Beach, Arraial do Cabo – RJ
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Located in trendy Lakes Region, the city of Arraial do Cabo is often called the “Brazilian Caribbean”. The title refers to its nine beaches with paradisiacal scenery, clear waters, lagoons and dunes that impress with their beauty. Among them, a highlight is Praia do Forno, with its crystal clear waters where it is possible to see sea turtles.
Lavandário, Cunha – SP
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Located on the border between the states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Cunha is an amazing destination. The city houses the laundry room, a space with more than 40 thousand feet planted with flowers and shades of lilac, forming an incredible setting in the midst of the mountains. In addition, the place is constantly compared to the region of provence, in France.
Campos do Jordão – SP
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One of the coldest and most charming cities in Brazil, Campos do Jordão, known as “Brazilian Switzerland” is located at the top of the Serra da Mantiqueira, in Sao Paulo. Therefore, in addition to a trendy center with European-style buildings, the city still offers good doses of nature and several ecotourism options.
Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro – RJ
There is no way to leave aside the “little princess of the sea”, as Tom Jobim used to sing. THE Copacabana beach offers more than three kilometers of extension with a lively atmosphere, full of bars and restaurants. It is here that the iconic statue of the writer Carlos Drummond de Andrade is located, as well as the Copacabana Fort.
Serra dos Órgãos, Teresópolis – RJ
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THE Serra dos Órgãos National Park, in the mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro, is home to the largest network of trails in Brazil, with more than 130 kilometers that can be covered. In addition to waterfalls, mountains and surprising scenery in the midst of preserved nature, the space is home to some of the most sought after peaks by mountaineers, such as Pedra do Açu, Pedra do Sino and Dedo de Deus.
Ubatuba – SP
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One of the most beautiful destinations on the coast of São Paulo, Ubatuba has more than 100 incredible beaches to visit. With many trails, exuberant and preserved nature, in addition to crystalline waters, the destination is ideal for those who love nature. Thus, there are beaches for all styles, from those with greater structure and movement to the most deserted and practically uninhabited.
Serra do Cipó, Santana do Riacho – MG
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The province of Serra do Cipó, in Minas Gerais, has a lot of history and natural beauty. Part of the Estrada Real route, the space is famous for offering a charming environment and exuberant nature. Thus, among the highlights of the place are a National Park with several trails to walk and the incredible Tabuleiro Waterfall, with its 273 meters of waterfall.
Petrópolis – RJ
Founded by none other than Emperor Dom Pedro II, Petrópolis, also known as the Imperial City, inspires an air of royalty. Therefore, very clean and organized, the city has beautiful buildings from the heyday of our country. In addition, it also offers good restaurants and charming accommodation options.
Praia das Falésias, Marataízes – ES
With more than 25 kilometers of coastline, the “Pérola Capixaba”, as Marataízes is known, still offers tourists a beach with immense cliffs. Thus, the giant walls reach more than 40 meters in height. Destiny is one of most beautiful in Espírito Santo and is approximately two hours from the capital Vitória.
Cardoso Island, Cananéia – SP
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A preserved paradise located in the extreme south of the State of São Paulo, the island located in the city of Canaanite deserves a spot among the 100 most beautiful places to travel in Brazil. Thus, with preserved nature, waterfalls, trails and practically deserted beaches, the place is still a sanctuary for the Guiana dolphin, a species of dolphin that swims free and gives visitors a real show.
Most beautiful places in Brazil: Region North
Alter do Chão, Santarém – PA
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The small fishing village located in Santarém, in Pará, is an oasis for those who love nature, national culture and simplicity. In Alter do Chão, it is possible to explore the beauties of the Tapajós River, which forms several islets along its waters. In addition, nature trails and ancient trees also take visitors inside the incredible Tapajós National Forest.
Jalapão – TO
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One of the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil, the jalapão impresses by its beauty. The famous fervedouros with crystal clear waters and surrounded by native forest are perfect for floating. In addition, the site still reserves immense sand dunes that reach 30 meters in height.
Algodoal, Maracanã – PA
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Algodoal is a village that is part of the island of Maiandeua, in Maracanã. Therefore, beautiful landscapes between mangroves, trails, canoe trips and sport fishing are some of the activities in the region, which is among the most surprising destinations and most beautiful places to travel in Brazil.
Mount Roraima, Uiramutã – RR
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THE Mount Roraima It is one of the most exotic and beautiful places to travel in Brazil. Its peculiar shape, with a rare table-like relief, is estimated to have been formed over 2 billion years ago. In addition to the hill, which is over 2500 meters high, the region offers other attractions, such as waterfalls, rivers and natural beauties.
Urucá Waterfall, Uiramutã – RR
Urucá Waterfall, in Roraima. Photo: Reproduction / SBA view
Right on the border between Brazil and Venezuela, the municipality of Uiramutã, in Roraima, hides surreal beauties. The place, which has the highest percentage of indigenous population in the country, also has incredible waterfalls. Therefore, one of the highlights is the Cachoeira do Urucá, with a drop of more than 20 meters high and crystalline waters in a bluish tone.
Meeting of the Waters, Manaus – AM
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THE meeting of the Waters of the Negro and Solimões rivers, before turning into the impressive Amazon River, is incredible and without a doubt one of the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil. Thus, it is possible to witness the meeting during a boat trip that can be carried out departing from Manaus. In addition, during the journey through the waters, it is still possible to see dolphins.
Marajo Island – PA
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Marajó Island is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Brazil and it is not difficult to understand why. The place, which can be accessed by boat from Belém, is one of the largest ecological sanctuaries in the Amazon. In addition, it is also considered the largest fluvial-maritime archipelago on the planet, as it is bathed by both the Atlantic Ocean and the Amazon and Tocantins rivers.
Parintins – AM
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Parintins, located in the Tupinambarana Islands Archipelago, is more of the Amazonian beauties that you need to know. In addition to freshwater beaches, lakes and other natural settings that are worth visiting, the city offers Parintins Folklore Festival. Therefore, the festival takes place on the last weekend of June and represents one of the largest cultural manifestations in Latin America.
Amazonas Theater – AM
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Considered the main postcard of manaus, the imposing and beautiful Teatro Amazonas was built in 1896, as a result of the wealth gained from the Rubber Cycle. Thus, its Renaissance style reveals a luxurious facade and the interior full of beauties of this true Brazilian architectural treasure.
Rio Azuis, Aurora do Tocantins – TO
Imagine a small river with crystal blue waters with an enchanting view all around. This is the look of blue river, located in the small municipality of Aurora do Tocantins. However, despite being considered the smallest river in Latin America, its 147 meters in length are enough to reveal a beauty without size.
Taquaruçu Waterfalls – TO
A destination still little known, Taquaruçu, about 30 kilometers from Palmas, is a pleasant surprise. With a cozy climate, the city offers more than 80 waterfalls, caves, trails and viewpoints, which makes it one of the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil.
Anavilhanas Archipelago, Manaus – AM
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Considered one of the largest river archipelagos in the world, the Anavilhanas Archipelago is inside Manaus and can be accessed by boat or car. There are more than 400 islets surrounded by incredible landscapes, rivers, lakes and lush native forest. Do you still have doubts that this is one of the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil?
President Figueiredo – AM
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Imagine a link with more than 150 waterfalls? Known as the “land of Amazonian waterfalls”, President Figueiredo, about 100 kilometers from Manaus, offers numerous ecotourism activities. Thus, there are caves, trails and lots of nature, which makes it on the list of the 100 most beautiful places to travel in Brazil.
Most beautiful places to travel in Brazil: Region North East
Lençóis Maranhenses – MA
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This is one of the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil. Just look at some photos of this true Brazilian postcard to know that it is a true paradise. In addition, the Lencois Maranhenses National Park offers a series of trails where it is possible to walk through its white dunes that contrast perfectly with lakes of clear water.
Costa do Conde – PB
25 km from the capital of Paraíba, high and steep cliffs, greenish sea with warm waters and surreal beauties await you in Costa do Conde. There are seven beaches in the municipality that offer a unique and authentic beauty, stretching over 20 kilometers to be dazzled. Thus, this is one of the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil.
Morro de Sao Paulo – BA
The small village of Sao Paulo hill It is located on Tinharé Island, about 250 km from Salvador. The great attractions of the destination, without a doubt, are its paradisiacal beaches. There are options from bustling to more peaceful, with a structure of restaurants or completely deserted. Just choose which one is right for you.
Patacho Beach, Porto das Pedras – AL
With white sands, crystalline waters and coconut trees that surround its extension, Praia do Patacho is considered one of the quietest in the northeast. When it doesn’t rain and the tide is low, natural pools form on the shore. This is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil.
Pipa Beach, Tibau do Sul – RN
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With an unpretentious atmosphere, Pipa has become one of the favorite destinations for young people in the country. With a rocky plateau measuring 25 meters, a sea in blue tones, exuberant nature and the presence of dolphins that delight visitors, the destination is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil.
Chapada da Diamantina – BA
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One of the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil, the Chapada da Diamantina, in the state of Bahia, is a giant stronghold of natural beauty. The place concentrates incredible formations such as rivers, canyons, valleys and caves, a full plate for those who are passionate about ecotourism. There are more than 300 waterfalls cataloged in the region.
Porto de Galinhas – PE
For those who love paradisiacal settings, lots of nature and beach, Port of Chickens it is the ideal destination. With beaches with warm and crystalline waters that form several natural pools, this is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil. Be sure to include in your itinerary a buggy ride through the sand and a dive to catch a glimpse of the fantastic marine life.
Pelourinho, Salvador – BA
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Considered a Historic Patrimony by Unesco, Pelourinho, that is, the Historic Center of savior, houses well-preserved buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries, which today have become shops, bars, museums and restaurants. On its slopes and squares, it is possible to admire several buildings and churches, fruits of Portuguese colonization.
Tambau, João Pessoa – PB
A paradise of warm and calm waters, Tambaú is one of the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil. At sea, a set of coral reefs adorn the crystal clear sea and form natural pools, which makes it ideal for observing the diversity of marine life. In the surroundings there is a good structure, with restaurants and kiosks.
Serra da Capivara – PI
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THE Serra da Capivara National Park, in the hinterland of Piauí, is a destination still little known, but which holds priceless treasures. The park is home to the largest concentration of prehistoric sites in the Americas and the largest concentration of cave paintings in the world. To give you an idea, there are more than 30 thousand paintings found in the region.
Historic Center of Olinda – PE
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Another wonder of the Brazilian northeast and one of the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil is the historic center of Olinda . The site has preserved buildings that show the beginnings of Portuguese colonization in the 16th century country. Between slopes, colorful houses and a lot of history, it is an unmissable place to visit.
Natural pools, Maracajaú – RN
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Very close to the capital Natal is a paradise full of underwater beauties to discover in Rio Grande do Norte. It’s about the Parrachos de Maracajaú, natural pools full of reefs and corals. To be dazzled by the exuberant marine life present in the place, it is worth planning a speedboat ride followed by a swim.
Fernando de Noronha – PE
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There is no possibility of talking about 100 beautiful destinations to travel in Brazil and not including Fernando de Noronha. With an impressive biodiversity, the place is a true ecological sanctuary surrounded by beautiful surroundings. That’s why the beaches of the Pernambuco archipelago always occupy the top of the rankings of the most beautiful in the world.
Jericoacoara – CE
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The famous Jeri, as it is nicknamed, is perhaps the most desired destination on the coast of Ceará at the moment. And it’s no wonder, as it has one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil, with calm and crystalline waters. In addition, the atmosphere of the small village is of pure tranquility, perfect for those who want to escape the busy life of the big cities and relax.
Gunga Beach, Route – AL
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Praia do Gunga is a natural paradise located in the municipality of Roteiro, very close to Barra de Sao Miguel. Accessed by buggy or a trail, the beach is surrounded by coconut trees and has crystal clear and calm waters. The destination still offers incredible cliffs of colored sand, true monuments designed by nature.
Natural pools of Maragogi – AL
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Another beautiful place to travel in Brazil is the municipality of maragogi, located in Alagoas. It is not difficult to understand why the place is so sought after: it has an immense coastline protected by the second largest coral coast in the world, second only to Australia. Therefore, be sure to visit and take a dip in Galés de Maragogi, a large natural pool full of corals and colorful fish.
Historic Center of São Luís – MA
With a historic center listed as Cultural Heritage of Humanity, São Luís, in Maranhão, is one of the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil. Filled with mansions built between the 18th and 19th centuries, the space reveals the city’s European influences, such as several Portuguese tiles that draw attention.
Canoa Quebrada, Aracati – CE
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The charming village of Ceará discovered by hippies in the 70’s is currently home to one of the most desired beaches by tourists. With a bluish sea and surrounded by immense cliffs, dunes and popular kiosks, broken Canoe It is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Brazil. Be sure to explore the beach on a sand buggy tour.
Low – BA
A destination surrounded by fresh waters in Bahia, Baixio is still one of the destinations little explored by tourists in Bahia. However, with 5 lakes and 14 springs, the location offers several ecotourism options, such as trails that lead to places with paradisiacal scenery. This is another one of the beautiful places to visit in Brazil when the quarantine is over.
Chapada das Mesas – MA
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THE Chapada das Mesas It’s a destination you should include in your next vacation. That’s because there are dozens of waterfalls, trails, viewpoints, forests, rivers and pools of incredibly transparent water to be dazzled by. If you love nature, places untouched by man and lots of adventure, you will fall in love with the place.
Trancoso, Porto Seguro – BA
Very close to Porto Seguro is the charming village of Trancoso. Here the traveler finds from trendy beaches to hidden refuges at the end of long trails through native forest. With colorful houses and an unpretentious climate, the place is a paradise full of tranquility and peace in the midst of nature.
Carneiros Beach, Tamandaré – PE
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Located on the south coast of Pernambuco, the Carneiros Beach It is one of the most coveted destinations for those visiting the state. With amazing natural pools and the famous postcard formed by a charming little church from the 18th century, right in front of the blue sea, this is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil.
Maraú Peninsula – BA
Full of natural pools that display a diverse and colorful marine life, the Maraú Peninsula and, in particular, the Taipu de Fora Beach, form one of the most beautiful Brazilian scenarios. A place that inspires peace, peace and tranquility, this paradisiacal region of the south coast of Bahia is, in fact, one of the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil.
Seixas Natural Pools, João Pessoa – PB
A paradisiacal place, the Seixas Natural Swimming Pools, in João Pessoa, offers incredible natural paradise pools. With crystal clear water, it is possible to go scuba diving or snorkeling to admire the exuberant local underwater life, full of colorful fish and corals. Thus, this is one of the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil.
Ponta Negra, Natal – RN
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The most famous beach in capital of Rio Grande do Norte draws attention for an immense dune, with more than 120 meters of height, that skirts the sea. This is the Morro do Careca, a true postcard of the city that was formerly used for sports, but that currently can only be admired from afar, on boat trips that show its beauty.
Caraiva, Porto Seguro – BA
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Think of a cozy place, with lots of nature and full of colorful houses. so is the charming Vila de Caraiva, which belongs to Porto Seguro, Bahia, and has several incredible beaches to enjoy. In addition, it is also possible to bathe in the waters of the Caraíva River, which is just behind the village.
San Desidério – BA
A destination still little known, but with immense beauty, São Desidério is a pleasant and beautiful surprise for travelers. The city, which is located in the west of the state of Bahia, will appeal above all to adventurers. This is because the destination has more than 60 caves, as well as trails, lakes and an archaeological site.
Abrolhos National Park, Caravelas – BA
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Considered one of the main diving spots in the world, the incredible Abrolhos National Park it is 70 kilometers from the coast of Bahia. There are 5 islands that are concentrated in the place, surrounded by intense translucent waters. For lovers of marine life, the park is more than a full plate: it is one of the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil.
Sao Miguel do Gostoso, RN
São Miguel do Gostoso is a small town that offers the privilege of enjoying days of peace and serenity. The bucolic and even solitary climate of this region is what attracts visitors who want to rest, reflect and relax, while still enjoying beaches and the natural riches of our Northeast.
Xingó Canyons – SE
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One of the many beauties provided by the São Francisco River are the Xingó Canyons, in Sergipe. With immense rock walls along the riverbanks, it is one of the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil. In addition to enjoying the scenery on a boat trip, you can also take the opportunity to cool off in the waters of Velho Chico.
Most beautiful places in Brazil: Region Sul
Iguaçu Falls, Foz do Iguaçu – PR
The city of Foz do Iguaçu is famous for housing one of the wonders of the world, the incredible Iguazu Falls. However, more than that, it is a destination that makes it possible to visit Paraguay and Argentina in the same trip, due to its privileged location. The city still offers a good tourist structure, with several themed museums, parks and shows.
Ruins of São Miguel das Missões – RS
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A place still little known, but full of history, the Archaeological Site of São Miguel das Missões is on the border between Brazil and Argentina. The space features well-preserved ruins of Jesuit missions in Brazil, dating from the 17th century. Thus, during the day, it is possible to explore the site and walk through the old construction. At night, the place offers a show full of light and colors.
Ilha do Mel, Paranaguá Bay – PR
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A destination of pure peace and nature, Honey Island It has more than 30 kilometers of preserved beaches, with white sand, clear water and lots of nature. So, to give you an idea, 90% of your area is under environmental protection, so access to the site is limited to five thousand people per day.
Caracol Waterfall, Canela – RS
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Cascata do Caracol is one of the most incredible places in Brazil. A true postcard of the Serra Gaúcha, the waterfall has more than 130 meters of fall. In addition, it is possible to climb a viewpoint to appreciate the impressive grandeur of its waters.
Serra do Rio do Rastro – SC
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For those who enjoy car trips, Serra do Rio do Rastro, in the Santa Catarina mountain range, is home to one of the most beautiful roads and exciting attractions in Brazil, the SC-390 highway. Thus, full of winding curves amid breathtaking landscapes, the route reaches an altitude of approximately 1,467 meters above sea level.
Sengés Waterfalls – PR
With more than 60 waterfalls, the municipality of Sengés, approximately 270 kilometers from Curitiba, is known for its natural attractions. In addition to the waterfalls, it is also possible to be dazzled by valleys, mountains, canyons, caves, among other attractions. Thus, one of the highlights is Poço Encantado, a natural pool with clean waters in greenish tones.
Botanical Garden of Curitiba – PR
Considered one of the main tourist attractions in the capital of Paraná, the Botanical Garden of Curitiba brings together beautiful specimens of flora from Brazil and the world in iron and glass greenhouses. Therefore, its construction, inspired by the Art Nouveau style of the Crystal Palace in London, surrounded by large gardens, is definitely one of the most beautiful places to visit in Brazil.
Vale dos Vinhedos, Serra Gaúcha – RS
For wine lovers, the Valley of the Vineyards, near Bento Gonçalves, is a full plate. To give you an idea, the region corresponds to 90% of wine production in Brazil. Thus, along a scenic route, it is possible to visit wineries, carry out tastings and activities in the midst of the beautiful landscapes of Serra Gaúcha.
Cambará do Sul Canyons – RS
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202 km from Porto Alegre, Cambará do Sul is home to two beautiful canyons, Itaimbezinho and Fortaleza. The smallest of them, Itaimbezinho, impresses with the dense vegetation that covers its walls, while Fortaleza attracts attention due to its depth and extension. Thus, they are part of the Aparados da Serra National Park and Serra Geral National Park, two destinations full of ecotourism and adventure activities.
Campeche Island, Florianópolis – SC
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A true stronghold of crystalline waters in shades of blue, green native forest and white sand. This is Ilha do Campeche, in Florianópolis, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil. However, Praia da Enseada, unique on the island, can only be accessed by boats authorized to take visitors to the site. In addition, the beach also allows only limited access of people per day.
Torres Beaches – RS
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For those who think that Rio Grande do Sul only has ideal places to enjoy in winter, you are very wrong. Torres, on the coast of the state, has beaches with incredible cliffs with basalt rocks. The best known is Praia da Guarita, where the immense rocky walls enchant everyone. Therefore, this is another little-known destination, but it is among the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil.
Pedra Furada, Urubici – SC
If you love a mountain chill surrounded by natural beauties, Urubici it is the ideal destination. The charming city is located at an altitude of 915 meters in the Serra Catarinense. In winter, the destination is one of the few in Brazil where it snows. In addition, attractions such as Pedra Furada and the Espraiado Canyon are not to be missed.
Lawn – RS
Located about 130 km from Porto Alegre, Lawn reserves alpine-style houses, several parks, museums, beautiful landscapes and many restaurants. Thus, the city of Rio Grande do Sul is very popular with visitors, especially during the winter season, when everything is even more charming.
Guarda do Embaú, Palhoça – SC
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A true refuge on the coast of Santa Catarina, the Embaú Guard preserves a peaceful atmosphere, ideal for those who want to rest and disconnect. Thus, with the unpretentious charm of a fishing village, the place is famous for surfing, but also for those who appreciate paradisiacal scenery and exuberant nature.
Lagoinha do Leste, Florianópolis – SC
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considered one of the most beautiful beaches in southern Brazil and also from Brazil, Lagoinha do Leste concentrates a sea of strong waves, clean water and soft white sand. However, to access the preserved site it is necessary to take a long trail through the forest or hire a boat transfer. In addition, visitors can still cool off in freshwater lagoons that form along the strip of sand.
Morretes – PR
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For those arriving from Curitiba, the beauties of Morrestes already begin in train route through Serra do Mar, considered one of the most beautiful in the world. In the city, colonial mansions, bucolic squares, quiet climate and lots of nature. So, that’s what makes the city one of the beautiful places to travel in Brazil.
Most beautiful places in Brazil: Region Midwest
Chapada dos Veadeiros – GO
Certainly one of the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil, the Veadeiros Plateau offers several attractions in the midst of nature. Thus, there are trails, parks, waterfalls, rivers, peculiar rock formations, among other options to be dazzled. Therefore, for those who enjoy a mystical atmosphere, the place is also perfect to renew energy.
Pantanal – MS and MT
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The largest wetland in the world could not be left out of the 100 most beautiful places to travel in Brazil. There are well-preserved forests, rivers and stunning landscapes. Several activities that can be carried out, such as safaris, tours focused on observing animals. In addition, it is still possible to go horseback riding, canoe trips through the waters, among many other options.
Caldas Novas – GO
Caldas Novas concentrates some of the best resorts in Brazil. Photo: Disclosure
Considered the largest spa in Brazil, Caldas Novas offers a wide range of resorts and water parks capable of pleasing people of all ages. Thus, its warm waters offer medicinal properties and reach up to 70ºC. Because of this, it is a popular destination in autumn and winter.
Monumental Axis, Brasília – DF
One of the most incredible places in Brazil is the Eixo Monumental, an avenue that is located in the center of Brasilia. Thus, there are more than 15 kilometers that concentrate several important monuments of the federal capital, such as the Praça dos Três Poderes, the Palácio do Buriti, the JK Memorial and the Rainha da Paz Military Cathedral.
Beautiful – MS
Bonito, considered one of the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil. Photo: Pixabay
there is no doubt that Beautiful It is one of the most beautiful places in Brazil to travel. As the name implies, some of the most incredible scenery in the country can be found in the city. Thus, with a focus on ecotourism, tourists can float in crystalline waters, practice abseiling, discover caves and discover impressive caves.
Dolina da Água Milagrosa, Cáceres – MT
A true oasis of blue waters and surrounded by lush forest, Dolina da Água Milagrosa, in the rural area of Cáceres, is one of the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil. Therefore, despite being a little known destination, the place has been gradually discovered and already has a certain tourist structure to receive visitors.
Pirenópolis Waterfalls – GO
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Pirenópolis has become an increasingly visited destination because of its waterfalls. To give you an idea, the city has more than 80 waterfalls, some of which are open to visitors. In addition, many waterfalls are located in well-structured places, with bathrooms, cafeterias, restaurants, among other amenities.
Serra do Roncador – MT
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Formed by chapadas, an impressive fauna and flora and surrounded by more than 100 waterfalls, the Serra do Roncador it is 500 km from Cuiabá and extends to the state of Pará, in Serra do Cachimbo. Thus, with several options for tours for those who enjoy adventure and, above all, beautiful landscapes, this is undoubtedly a place still little known in the country that deserves to be appreciated.
Chapada dos Guimarães – MT
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The Brazilian Midwest is very beautiful, especially because of the great offer of natural attractions. One of them, without a doubt, is the Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park. Thus, there are more than 30 thousand hectares full of rocky walls, waterfalls, caves, caves, natural pools and lots of native vegetation. All this just over 70 km from cuiabá.
Nobles – MT
The city of nobles has been standing out for being a destination with many natural attractions, such as caves, caves and waterfalls that are everywhere in the region. Therefore, a highlight is the Blue Lagoon, also known as the Enchanted Aquarium, where it is possible to float and observe several species of colorful fish.
Pontão do Lago Sul, Brasília – DF
A leisure center full of good restaurants and an incredible landscape This is the Pontão do Lago Sul, located on the edge of Lagoa Paranoá. In addition to strolling along the tree-lined shore, it is possible to take boat trips or even practice windsurfing. So get ready to witness the most beautiful sunsets in the city.
Eastern Spring – MT
Most beautiful places in Brazil. Photo: Disclosure
Another destination where nature reigns, eastern spring offers crystalline waters of two paradisiacal lagoons: Encantada and Lagoa da Lua. Both have crystal clear waters where you can float and be enchanted by all the colorful underwater life. Thus, this is another one of the beautiful places to travel in Brazil.
Terra Ronca, São Domingos – GO
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This surprising destination is located in the municipality of São Domingos in Goiás, close to the border with Bahia. Thus, the place has one of the most beautiful and largest groups of caves in Brazil, as well as waterfalls, caves and trails in the midst of nature. Therefore, without a doubt, this is one of the most beautiful places to travel in Brazil.
Emas National Park – GO
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With an area of more than 130,000 hectares of savannah, the Emas National Park is a preserved space that is home to more than 800 species of plants and more than 300 birds and mammals at risk of extinction. All this can be enjoyed by trails traveled on foot or by bike. Inside the park there are also adventure options, such as buoy-cross and floating. In addition, it is still possible to observe the phenomenon of bioluminescence that occurs in some termite mounds.
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