Top Places to Visit in Brazil

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Famous for Carnival in Rio de Janeiro and the incredible Iguazu Falls, Brazil is one of the world’s most exciting travel destinations. As South America’s largest country, Brazil covers most of the continent’s northeastern area. From the Amazon rainforest in the north to tropical beaches along the Atlantic coast, to the Pantanal wetlands and vibrant metropolises of the southeast, there are plenty of interesting places to visit in Brazil.

Rio de Janeiro

Top Places to Visit in Brazil. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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This fascinating city beckons with its white beaches, crystal clear water, and beautiful nature. One of the best places is the sandy beach of Copacabana, which stretches more than 4 kilometers. There is a wonderful atmosphere here that combines family beach vacation with entertainment such as volleyball tournaments and beauty contests.

The weather is always nice, regardless of the season, due to Rio’s geographic location and unique climate. Separate two-piece swimsuits made their debut in Copacabana, and now they are the calling card of this beach – which, unfortunately, makes them rather expensive to purchase.

The area of ​​Copacabana before 1920 was separated from the rest of the city by a mountain. It was a pristine jungle with wild parrots and palm trees. At the beginning of the century, a tunnel was cut into the rock to develop the future beach. By 1950, the tourist business reached its peak, and ​​Copacabana has since become one of the most prestigious and expensive places in the city.

Iguazu

Top Places to Visit in Brazil. Iguacu (Iguazu) water falls on a border of Brazil and Argentina

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One of the three greatest waterfalls in the world, whose name means “great water” in the Guarani language, is located on the border of Brazil and Argentina.

In the 16th century, the Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca discovered these waterfalls while wandering through the jungle in search of the legendary treasures of Eldorado. According to his travel notes, these huge streams of water did not make a strong impression on him. Maybe he was a calm and unemotional person; we don’t know for sure now – but one thing is clear: Cabeza de Vaca was probably the only person in history who reacted so indifferently to these waterfalls.

The Iguazu Cascade, divided into separate streams by islets, tends to descend at such a speed that it captures the spirit. To observe the falling waters, you can hike across wooden bridges entangled with spider webs. Of course, it is worthwhile to stock up on waterproof raincoats. Whatever you choose to do, a thrill is guaranteed!  

The most famous waterfall is called “Devil’s Throat.” Crowds of tourists from all over the world gather on suspension bridges every day to look into the heart of the underworld.

The Statue of Christ the Redeemer

Top Places to Visit in Brazil. The Statue of Christ the Redeemer

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This amazing world landmark has for more than 80 years been considered a cultural icon of Brazil and Rio de Janeiro. In 2007, it was added to the list “New7Wonders of the World.” The height of the statue is 38 meters, the range of Christ’s arms is 30 meters, and the sculpture weighs more than 1,145 tons. From the statue’s pedestal there is a panoramic view of the city and bay with picturesque Sugar Loaf Mountain, the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, and the huge bowl of Maracana Stadium.

The original sketch of the monument was designed by the artist Carlos Osvald. He suggested the idea that from afar the statue should resemble a large cross. Therefore, the position of Jesus with arms opened wide was chosen. The final design of the statue was done by the Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa.

The opening and lighting of this monument took place on October 12, 1931; later in 1965 the Statue of Christ the Redeemer was consecrated by Pope Paul VI. The statue has been repaired and modernized repeatedly, and in 2003 it was equipped with escalators.

Flamengo Park

Top Places to Visit in Brazil. Flamengo Park in Rio de Janeiro

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The giant Flamengo Park (also called Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes Park) in Rio de Janeiro is one of the largest in the world. Created in the mid-sixties by decree of Governor Carlos Lacerda, Flamengo Park covers an area of ​​1.2 million square meters.

The park’s amazing landscapes and colorful gardens are striking; it holds over three thousand different species of trees. The park contains many pedestrian and bicycle paths that make it a favorite holiday destination for locals.

Flamengo Park has its own sights as well – the Museum of Modern Art and the Carmen Miranda Museum. There is also a monument erected in memory of the victims of World War II.

Lençóis Maranhenses National Park

Top Places to Visit in Brazil. Lencois Maranhenses National Park, Brazil.

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It is one of those places that you will never forget. Due to the unique natural conditions in Lençóis Park, the snow-white sand dunes (whose heights reach up to 40 meters) are adjacent to emerald-blue lagoons. The area of ​​the park is spread over one and a half thousand square kilometers.

The park of Lençóis is inconstant as its sand dunes are always shifting. The landscapes you see will very soon change and turn into new, even more picturesque ones. The best time to visit the park is from June to October when the rainy season comes and the formation of azure lakes reaches its peak. Then the desert comes to life, lakes are filled with fish, and exotic birds fly by. If you are lucky, you can spot wild hares or even some  moose.

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Tips for Visiting Rio de Janeiro

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Do you want to visit Brazil, but it’s difficult for you to decide the best to time to do so?

Tips for Visiting Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro Skyline

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Well, the most popular period for going to Brazil is December through March.

This is the season when Brazilians have summer vacation, and it’s the timeframe of the most popular Carnival in the world – which takes place just before Lent, sometime between early February and the middle of March.

Prices during this period are significantly higher, and there are not always enough rooms in the hotels.

So if you are interested in visiting Rio de Janeiro for the festivities, it is highly recommended to reserve accommodations several months before traveling.

Tips for Visiting Rio de Janeiro. Aerial view of Rio De Janeiro. Corcovado

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Rio de Janeiro is quite hot from December to March, so the off-seasons from April to June and from August to November could be ideal times for your trip. It can also be rather cool in July.

The Amazon Rainforest has high humidity year round, and the average temperature there is about 27 degrees; however, it can go up to about 35 degrees.

The period from December to March is a little rainier than the rest of the year; however, as a rule, the weather becomes warmer when it’s raining – but not for more than an hour.

Tips for Visiting Rio de Janeiro

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The Pantanal (wetlands): the best time to tour is from June to August when the water level is lower and lagoons are more accessible.

Northeast beaches, including Resif and El Salvador, are terrific places to go as they are sunny and warm throughout the year.

April through October is also a good timeframe for visiting Rio de Janeiro. The advantage of going here, or any place in Brazil, during this period is that the temperatures are not very high and the number of tourists is low, so you can enjoy a calmer and more pleasant atmosphere in the city.

Tips for Visiting Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro. Photo: depositphotos.com

Capital: Brasilia

Currency: Brazilian Real BRL

Population: 207,350,000 people (2017 estimate).

Brazil is a country of tremendous beauty. The dazzling beaches and boundless rainforests display only part of the magnificence that millions of tourists expect to find here.

Tips for Visiting Rio de Janeiro

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Brazil is an extremely rich territory with over 2000 beaches and more than 1000 islands off its Atlantic coast.

The culture of Brazil has been formed over hundreds of years by people of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds. That diverse heritage is expressed in the art and architecture of historical cities, as well as the holidays and the richness of Brazilian cuisine.

Tips for Visiting Rio de Janeiro. Brazilian Carnival

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The brightest celebrations of Brazil, especially the ones that take place in Rio de Janeiro, are well known around the world for their scope, chic, and fun.

The most exciting cultural events are, of course, the famous Brazilian Carnival and New Year’s. Many guests dream of being part of these tremendous events!

In 2018, the dates of Carnival in Rio are February 10-13. Be prepared to book flights and hotels well in advance, as people make reservations six months ahead of this renowned happening.

 

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