Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro is a huge seaside city in Brazil, famed for its Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, 38m Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado and for Sugarloaf Mountain. The city is also known for its Carnaval festival, featuring parade floats, flamboyant costumes and samba dancers, which is considered the world’s largest. No visit to Rio is complete without experiencing the glamour and rhythm of a colorful samba show.
At the point where Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina meet, the Iguaçu river drops spectacularly in a semicircle of 247 waterfalls that thunder down into the gorge below. Just above the falls, the river is constricted to one-fourth of its usual width, making the force of the water even stronger. Some of the falls are more than 100 meters high and they cover such a broad area that you will never see all of them at once, but you do get the broadest panorama from the Brazilian side. Catwalks and a tower give you different perspectives, and one bridge reaches all the way to one of the largest, known as the Garganta do Diabo (Devil’s Throat). You can cross to the Argentinian side for closer views from catwalks that extend farther into the center of the falls. The two sides offer different perspectives and views, so most tourists plan to see both.
The crystal waters, tall palm trees, and broad stretches of silver sand are only a few of the reasons why Porto de Galinhas is frequently cited as Brazil’s best beach. For a country with more than 7,000 kilometers of Atlantic coast, much of it sandy beaches, that’s saying a lot. The town stretching along the beach is laidback, colorful, and just the right blend of old-fashioned beach town fun and chic boutiques.
Fernando de Noronha
It is renowned for its undeveloped beaches, and for scuba diving and snorkeling. With a fantastic visibility of the waters, Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago of 21 islands in the Atlantic Ocean, 354 kilometers from the Brazilian Coast. The only way to reach this islands is by plane (or sometimes in a two-day cruise) departing from Recife. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Amazon Rain Forest
Take an amazon cruise, get in touch with Amazonian communities, explore Manaus, the Amazon’s largest city, an incongruous pocket of urbanity in the middle of the jungle, a major port for ocean vessels that is 1500km from the ocean. The journey there invariably begins in (or passes through) this bustling metropolis.