Travel - Destinations
By: - at February 16, 2013

5 Places You Should not Miss in Brazil

The biggest country in South America and one of the biggest in the world, Brazil is a fascinating tourist destination.  Brazil is world famous for its amazing Amazon rainforest, the best coffee in the world, as well as both beautiful and alluring beaches.  The friendliness of Brazilians is also amazing.  There are so many great places to see in this beautiful country that you will not be able to explore the irresistible charm and beauty of it in just one visit.  When planning a trip to Brazil, keep in mind there are so many things to see so picking just five destinations was very difficult.

Iguazu Falls:
Walking Brazil Water Falls in Rio, Paraty - Iguazu Falls

By Jerzystrzelecki (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Best Places to Visit in Brazil
Soccer is probably the first thought that strikes people when they think of Brazil.  Brazil will be hosting the upcoming World Cup and has one of the best national soccer teams in the world.  Besides soccer, the Amazon and beautiful beaches cover the Brazilian landscape.  The best coffee producer in the world is an emerging economy now.  Brazil is home to some of the biggest cities on earth as well as many manufacturing companies.  Here is the list of 5 places you should not miss in Brazil:

Rio de Janeiro

Any visit to Brazil would be incomplete without visiting this former capital city of Brazil.  Rio de Janeiro is the 2nd largest city in Brazil and one of the largest in the world. Also known as Rio, it is an exciting city boasting of many alluring and enticing beaches for tourists filled with diversity.  It has many famous cultural landmarks and is the national centre for education, culture, arts, and sports.  Rio is world famous for its yearly carnival, which is attended by hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the world.  It can provide you with one of the best nightlife's in the world.

Rio De Janeiro beach:
Sea of Humanity, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
 


Rio De Janeiro beach
By Hank Leclair (Flickr) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
 

Botafogo Bay at night:
Botafogo Bay, Rio de Janeiro at night


Rio De Janeiro beach crowded with people


The Giant Statue of Christ the Redeemer:
The Giant Statue of Christ the Redeemer
By Artyominc (Template:Artyom Sharbatyan) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons


Barra Grande

This is a great Brazilian city brimming with fascinating natural beauty located in northeast Brazil.  Famous for its vast and gorgeous beaches, the city is an ideal place to live a peaceful life breathing in clean ocean air.  People have a traditional way of life here which is distinctly different from the rest of the country.

Praias de Barra Grande overhead view of beach


Barra Grande Paradise Hotel
 

Salvador

Located on the northeast Brazil along a scenic shoreline, it is a great cultural city with historical importance.  It is the place where the Portuguese first arrived in 1459 and established settlements.  The city has many historic buildings and boats of gorgeous pristine beaches.  It is also the place famous for its fascinating mangrove swamps.  Over the years, it has turned to one of Brazil's most beautiful and the best tourist resorts.  It should be listed among 5 places you should not miss in Brazil.

Brazilian Salvador Dancers in Brazil

Skyline of Salvador:
Skyline of Salvador Brazil during daytime

By Hentzer (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Skyline at night:
Salvador Skyline at night


Salvador coast at night

Mercado Modelo Salvador:
Mercado Modelo Salvador

Beautiful places to stay in Salvador:
Paradise in Salvador
 

Salvador is surrounded by relaxing beaches, including Porto da Barra, Farol da Barra, Flamengo, Stella Maris, and Itapua.

Porto da Barra beach:
Porto da Barra beach Brazil
By Luan talk! + Luan fala! (Português: Fotografia tirada por mim.) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Farol da Barra Beach:
Farol da Barra Beach Brazil
By rob sabino [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
 

Manaus

Manaus is the biggest city and capital of Brazilian state of Amazonas.  It is a very famous destination for people who love ecotourism due to its proximity to the rain forest. Manaus is located in northern Brazil.  This is a city that has great historical importance for Brazil.  Its Negra beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world that fascinates tourists.  For tourists interested in ecotourism it is the best place because of its location next to the Amazon rain forest, which is one of the most spectacular places in the world.

Manaus Brazil, Skyline View:
Manaus Brazil, Skyline View
By CIAT (Flickr: Amazon1) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Negra Beach:
Negra Beach at night - Brazil
By Beraldo Leal (Flickr) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Opera House in Manaus:
Opera House in Manaus, Brazil

 

Manaus Stadium getting read for the World Cup:
Manaus Stadium getting read for the World Cup

By the Brazilian Government, via Wikimedia Commons

Belem (Belém)

Belem is an exciting city located in the North of Brazil, alongside the Amazon estuary.  A bustling port and industrial city, Belem is the gateway to the Amazon.  The city has numerous skyscrapers, historical buildings, restaurants, marketplaces, and entertainment centers.  Belem also has a very thriving night life.  Today the city attracts thousands of tourists every year as its attractions are gaining popularity.

Belem Skyline During Daytime:
Belem Skyline During Daytime - Brazil
By Cayambe (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

Fine dining in Belem:
restaurants in belem, brazil are very nice
By Cayambe (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons
 

Belem Carvival:
Belem Carvival in Brazil

Conclusion
Brazil is one of the coolest countries to visit rich with history, life, beauty, and diversity.  People in Brazil are friendly and the cities have a modern and traditional style of architecture.  Brazil's larger cities have a mixture of both very modern skyscrapers and slums living right by each other.  The cities listed in this article serve as great tourist attractions and surely will not disappoint any experienced traveler.


 

 

 

 

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