Famed for its pristine beaches, rich wildlife, verdant rainforests and staggering architecture, Brazil is one of the most sought after holiday destinations in South America. Check out some of the most famous aspects of a holiday in the country.
A former Portuguese colony, Brazil is a nation rich in culture. Different Brazilian cities portray a different shade of this colourful country, attracting tourists from all over the world.
- Sao Paulo: Known for its robust culture, stunning skyscrapers and culinary delights, Sao Paulo is the largest city in Brazil. Situated in south-eastern end of the country, it is home to some of the most popular architectural wonders and interesting attractions including Sao Paulo Cathedral, Museu do Futebol (Football Museum), Mercado Municipal de Sao Paulo (Municipal Market of Sao Paulo), Liberdade District and Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo Museum of Art).
- Brasilia: The capital of Brazil, Brasilia is located atop the highlands in the western region and is famed for its ancient buildings and royal complexes majorly build during the colonial era. Among others, Cathedral of Brasília, Jardín Zoológico de Brasilia (Brasilia Zoo), Palácio do Planalto (workplace of the President of Brazil), Praça dos Três Poderes (Three Powers Square) and Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge are the major tourist attractions in the city.
- Rio de Janeiro: Well known for its mountains, beaches, carnivals and the famous landmark Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city in Brazil. Located in south-eastern end of the country, the city has an exciting range of tourist delights. Apart from Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain, Copacabana, Ipanema and Santa Teresa are among the must visit attractions in the city.
Festivals are celebrated with much gusto in Brazil. The locals are known to live it up in style and with dance.
- Rio Carnival: First held in 1723 as a part of the colonial tradition, Rio Carnival is one of the biggest carnivals in the world and the most popular festival of Brazil. Celebrated annually before Lent, this festival is marked by colourful parades, dance performances, musical shows and other interesting and exciting activities. The Samba School Parade, featuring choreographed dancers and musicians, is a major attraction of the festival.
- Festa do Peao: Also known as ‘Cowboy Festival of Barretos’, Festa do Peao is celebrated across the country with much pomp and show. This event is marked by series of events including bull racing, musical shows, dance performances and other exciting activities. The largest celebration of the festival is held in Sao Paulo every year with over thousands of guests being part of it.
Covered with around 60% of the Amazon rainforests, Brazil accounts for one-tenth of wildlife species in the world. The country is home to a wide selection of plants and animals including several endangered and endemic species. Protecting these species from extinction are national parks and protected areas in the country.
- Itatiaia National Park: Established in 1937, Itatiaia National Park is the oldest national park in the country. Located in the south eastern end of Brazil, the park is home to over 350 species of beautiful birds including a few of the endangered and exotic ones. Hiking, rock climbing and bird watching are the top attractions here.
- Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park: Located in the heart of Brazil, Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park was established in 1989 with an aim to protect the wildlife. You can spot jaguar, pampas deer, howler monkey, emu, tapir, giant anteater, giant armadillo, maned wolf, parrots, swifts, seriema and red macaws here.
- Pantanal Matogrossense National Park: Established in 1981 for the protection and conservation of wildlife in the country, Pantanal Matogrossense National Park is surrounded by wetlands and rivers and is home to exotic species of birds and animals including anteaters, jaguars, black howler monkeys and tapirs.
Situated along the coast of Atlantic Ocean, this South American nation is adorned with some of the most stunning beaches, which are ideal to enjoy sun, sand and surf.
- Santos Beach: Located in the city of Sao Paulo, Santos is one of the most popular beaches in Brazil. Famed for its beautiful white sand and stunning surrounding vistas, it is lined up with fabulous restaurants and shacks serving traditional delicacies and gift shops selling authentic souvenirs.
- Ipanema: Known for its exquisite beauty, Ipanema is a famous Rio beach. This stunning beach is ideal to enjoy the best of sun and sand as well as a wide range of amazing water sports such as snorkelling and wind surfing. Bars, shops, restaurants and cafes can be found all around the area. The Hippie Fair, held every Sunday, is a major attraction.
- Porto da Barra Beach: Situated in the city of Salvador, Porto da Barra Beach is a perfect place for those looking for a tan or an exciting sport. The famous colonial fort and cliffs on the side of the beach add to its charm.