10 best places for trip to Brasil
Trip to Brasil is an amazing long journey.
One of the world’s most captivating places, Brazil is a country of powdery white-sand beaches, verdant rainforests and wild, rhythm-filled metropolises.
Brazil’s attractions extend from frozen-in-time colonial towns to otherworldly landscapes of red-rock canyons, thundering waterfalls and coral-fringed tropical islands. Then there’s Brazil’s biodiversity: its diverse ecosystems boast the greatest collection of plant and animal species found anywhere on earth. Brazil also offers big adventures for travelers – there’s horseback riding in the Pantanal, kayaking flooded forests in the Amazon, ascending cliff tops to panoramic views, whale-watching off the coast, surfing stellar breaks and snorkeling crystal-clear rivers or coastal reefs.
Carnaval storms through the country’s cities and towns with hip-shaking samba and frevo, dazzling costumes and parties that last until sun up. Festas (festivals) happen throughout the year, and provide a window into Brazil’s incredible diversity. And wherever there’s music, that carefree lust for life tends to appear.
Best places for trip in Brasil
Pão de Açúcar, Rio de Janeiro
Some say to come around sunset for the best views from this absurd confection of a mountain. But in truth, it doesn’t matter when you come; you’re unlikely to look at Rio (or your own comparatively lackluster city) in the same way. From here the landscape is pure undulating green hills and golden beaches lapped by blue sea, with rows of skyscrapers sprouting along the shore. The ride up is good fun: all-glass aerial trams that whisk you up to the top. The adventurous can rock-climb their way to the summit.
Amazon Jungle Trips
Needless to say, the best reason to visit the Amazon is to get out into the jungle: to ply the winding waterways in a canoe, hike lush leafy trails, and scan the canopy for monkeys, sloths and other creatures. The world’s biggest and best known rainforest has outdoor excursions of all sorts, and for all types of travelers: from easy nature hikes to scaling 50m trees, from luxury lodges to makeshift camps in the forest. Whatever your interest, experience, ability or budget, there’s a jungle trip in the Amazon waiting to blow your mind.
The world capital of Afro-Brazil, Salvador is famous for capoeira, Candomblé, Olodum, colonial Portuguese architecture, African street food and one of the oldest lighthouses in the Americas. The city’s past, marked by gritty stories of Portuguese seafaring and the heartbreaking history of the African slave trade, is characterized by hardship. But today’s lively Bahian capital offers a unique fusion of two vibrant cultures. The festive music and nightlife scene culminates every February when Salvador hosts one of the best Carnavals in Brazil.
The fabulous island retreat of Ilha Grande owes its pristine condition to its unusual history. First it was a pirates’ lair, then a leper colony and, finally, a penitentiary where political prisoners were held alongside some of Brazil’s most violent criminals. All that remains of those days are some half-buried stone foundations, but the island’s unsavory reputation kept developers at bay for a long time. Days are spent hiking through lush Atlantic rainforest, snorkeling amid aquamarine seas and basking in crisp waterfalls. With no motor vehicles to spoil the party, this is one clean, green island – a true nature lover’s paradise. It’s also an easy day’s journey from Rio.
With more ups and downs than a rollercoaster, Ouro Prêto’s 18thcentury streets veer precipitously between one baroque wonder and the next. Navigating the vertiginous cobblestone slopes on foot can be exhausting, but you can admire the sculpted masterpieces of Aleijadinho, discover the 18th-century African tribal king turned folk hero Chico-Rei and gaze upon opulent gilded churches. The elaborate Holy Week processions are among the country’s most spectacular. From gold town to state capital, revolutionary hotbed to Unesco World Heritage site, this colonial gem has been at the center of the action for more than 300 years.
Few places on earth can match the wildlife watching experience provided by the Pantanal, a wondrously remote wetland in the heart of Mato Grosso. While Amazon gets the press coverage, the Pantanal is a better place to see wildlife. From cute capybaras to stately storks, the animal life simply abounds and is remarkably easy to see in the open marshy surroundings. There are a million reasons not o miss out on this particular eco-experience, and not least among them is that there is no better place in South America to see the elusive
Beers of Blumenau
Ubiquitous pale lagers such as Brahma and Skol certainly suffice as beat-the-heat treats throughout the country, but Brazil’s best brews come from greater Blumenau. Along with lederhosen and leberkäse (a meat dish), heavy German immigration in the 1800s brought Reinheitsgebot, Germany’s beer purity law, and these German-Brazilians aren’t too fond of sharing. That means with the exception of the once-micro Eisenbahn, seriously good artisanal suds such as Schornstein Kneipe, Bierland and Das Bier don’t fall too far from the tree. You’ll need to venture into Santa Catarina’s Vale Europeu to quench your thirst.
Fernando de Noronha
This archipelago of one 10km-long island and 20 smaller ones,350km out into the Atlantic from Natal, has everything a tropical getaway should have – jaw-dropping scenery and seascapes, fine beaches, the best diving and snorkeling in the country, good surfing, memorable hikes, plentiful visible wildlife, good accommodations and restaurants – and no crowds, for visitor numbers are restricted by the limited number of plane seats available each day. Visiting Noronha is expensive, but it’s worth every centavo if your budget will stretch far enough.
No matter the number of waterfalls you’ve checked off your bucket list, no matter how many times you have thought to yourself you’d be just fine never seeing another waterfall again, Iguaçu Falls will stomp all over your idea of water trickling over the edge of a cliff. The thunderous roar of 275 falls crashing across the Brazil and Argentina border floors even the most jaded traveler. Occupying an area more than 3km wide and 80m high, she’s wider than Victoria, higher than Niagara and more beautiful than both. Loud, angry, unstoppable and impossibly gorgeous, Iguaçu will leave you stunned and slack-jawed at the absolute power of Mother Nature.
What the city of the future really needed to back up its claim to be the harbinger of Brazil’s ‘new dawn’ was an architect capable of designing buildings that looked the part. In Oscar Niemeyer Brasília found the right man for the job. The ‘crown of thorns’ Catedral Metropolitana is a religious masterwork and the interplanetary Teatro Nacional is out of this world! Brasília is a city overloaded with architectural gems designed by a genius inspired by the concept of a better future.