Brazil holds the distinction of being the most-visited tourist place in South America. Its colorful culture seems to be built for fun, whether you’re running along sun-soaked beaches or dancing to the samba rhythm at a local night club.. Nature lovers might want to begin a journey through the Amazon rainforest in Manaus or journey to Foz do Iguazu and take in the stunning Iguazu Falls. It’s best to start with these tourist hotspots:
Rio de Janeiro
Reo De Janeiro is the Capital city of Brazil for nearly two centuries. The second-largest city in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro is the most famous destination in all of South America. Almost three million international tourists arrive every year. During the day, you can climb the Corcovado mountain peak to stand at the foot of Christ the Redeemer, the 130-foot-tall statue that has come to be associated with both the city and country.
Located near the middle of the country, Brasilia has been the national capital since 1960. All three branches of the Brazilian government are located here, as well as the headquarters for most of its largest companies. Planned by Lucio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer, its districts are laid out to resemble a butterfly when viewed from above. Its location and status mean it attracts much in the way of international art and cuisine, but the natural wonders in the surrounding area make it a great spot for nature lovers. Day trips to places Chapada dos Veadeiros, a massive national park filled with enchanting wildlife and stunning waterfalls, and the hot springs of Caldas Novas are possible if you’d like a break from the city.
Other Major Attractions in Brazil
Once the colonial capital, Salvador is located on the Bay of All Saints on the central coast of Brazil. Those interested in history will want to stroll down the narrow cobblestone streets and visit Igreja de Sao Francisco, a magnificent cathedral decorated with beautiful painted wood panels on the ceiling. More than any other Brazilian City, Salvador blends a variety of cultures into an attractive whole. You can dine on fabulous cuisine influenced by African, Native American and European methods, then take in a capoeira show – the combination dance-martial art is fascinating to watch.