In Brazil, exuberant by nature, exuberance is everywhere. You find it in the vastness of the desert-like sands of the Lencois Maranhenses and in its seven thousand kilometres of coastline. In the rivers so wide they appear to be seas. In the Amazon Forest, the largest on the planet. In the 250 thousand square kilometres of the Mato Grosso swamplands, the impressive nature reserve, a Heritage of Humanity.
Beauty also runs wild in the 44 national parks created to preserve the ecosystem. In the long rows of coconut palms which line the coast of Alagoas. Throughout the Chapada Diamantina, in Bahia, and from the top of the Pico de Itatiaia, in Rio de Janeiro. In the archaeological sites of Piaui. In Brasilia's beautiful sunsets and throughout the pampas of Rio Grande do Sul. Amidst the impressive mountains of Minas Gerais and the amazing pororoca, the strange and noisy meeting of waters in the States of Amapa and Para. Everywhere you look, there are plenty of reasons to become enchanted, to become emotional, and why not say, to fall in love with Brazil.
The most visited places in Brazil includes Fernando de Noronha Island, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo (the two bustling megacities of the south-east), the more relaxed city of Salvador in the northeast, or the old colonial towns of Ouro Preto and Olinda. For natural beauty, try a visit to Iguazu Falls. If you have the chance the best time to visit is Carnival. There is nothing in the whole wide world like Carnival in Rio. Brasilia, the capital city of the country, is known by its great architecture. It is a planned city.
The most up-and-coming resort in Brazil is now the small friendly Praia de Pipa, in the NE of the country; serviced by international airports at Natal and Recife, this small town is popular with both Brazilians and foreign tourists. The laid back attitude of the open and friendly locals make this a welcome change to some of the more recognised but less safe and inviting destinations.
In Southern Brazil you can visit the state of Santa Catarina, which is visited every year by people who prefer not too crowded spots like major cities or places where all tourists go. Small beaches like Mariscal, Garopaba, Taquaras or Estaleiro beach are not too far away from medium size cities, so they provide all necessary structure, but at the same time still conserve their natural enchantments. Many options of adventure activities such as rafting, diving, fishing, trekking are aso available in this beautiful region.
Main Destinations / Attractions
Brasilia: Capital of the country, Brasilia is a planned city located in the heart of Brazil. It houses architectural preciousness, staging innumerous cultural manifestations and wide range of leisure options. The city that when viewed from above resembles an airplane, has unique and modern architecture. Therefore, it was the very first place built in the 20th Century enlisted as World Cultural Heritage.
The city was built to attract people to the inlands of Brazil; however, it went far beyond and gathered in one single place the culture of all the Brazilian people. Brasilia brings together people from different states and countries of the world, building a mix of races and different accents.
Climate: In the Federal capital, climate is semi-dry and the seasons are defined by the air humidity. There are two well-defined seasons: a rainy season (November to March); and a dry one with annual average temperature of 68 F (20 C).
Rio de Janeiro: Postcard of Brazil, the city of Rio de Janeiro stands out for its exuberant natural beauty where the sea and the mountain co-exist in perfect harmony. The countless attractions bring tourists from all corners of the world to get to know the Wonderful City. The tropical climate, jointly with happy and warm people, makes Rio an unforgettable trip.
Who leaves after visiting the city takes memories not only of the tastes and music, but also a strong feeling of saudade. But Rio's people will always be there, waiting for you. It is not for chance that the main symbol of the city is with wide open arms.
Climate: Summer goes from December to March, with temperatures ranging from 77 F (25 C) to 108 F (42 C). Winter is from June to August, with temperatures ranging from 68 F (20 C) during the day to 60 F (16 C) at night.
Sao Paulo: The cosmopolitan city of Sao Paulo is a core actor in the cultural scene because of its broad historical collection and diversified agenda of artistic performances which entails options of leisure, entertainment and varied and international standard services. The biggest Brazilian city, Sao Paulo became a world reference city. It is the main entry gate to foreign visitors travelling by air to Brazil.
The capital of Sao Paulo is one of the few places that bring together modernity and history in perfect harmony. It has staged important happenings from the Ipiranga River edges, passing by political and cultural revolutions, and also manifestations advocating for democracy. It houses hundreds options of leisure, ranging from movies to pubs and restaurants.
Climate: Most of the year the climate in Sao Paulo is warm, with maximum temperature of 75 F (24 C) during the day and 66 F (19 C) at night. From November to March days are hot and temperature may reach 82 F (28 C) or 86 F (30 C). Winters (June and July) can be very cold, with temperatures falling as low as 42 F (6 C).
Salvador da Bahia: The first capital of Brazil is famous for its history and living culture, with beautiful architectural heritages. The capital of Bahia is a site of unique personality and vibe. Made up by white, Indians and mainly by Afro-descendants, the mixed blood people are happy, creative, musical, and warm.
Salvador has inherited rich folklore and cultural manifestations, but preserves cultural traditions in features like the capoeira, candombla, balagandas, all that in synchronism with modernity.
Climate: Salvador is a city of warm and humid climate, typically tropical, and the average temperature is 77 F (25 C) with slight variations along the year.
Gastronomy: Visitors find a wide array of gastronomic options in the metropolis. The acaraje prepared by the baianas is a hallmark of Bahia's gastronomy; but, there are also restaurant of different and exotic international dishes.
Mato Grosso: The Mato Grosso Pantanal is the main wild life sanctuary in South America, housing different species of fauna and flora of the ecosystems that surround it. Pantanal is an ecological paradise in the heart of Brazil. This is the largest flooded plain on Earth, and the third major environmental reserve in the world. Its ecological importance is enormous because it is the habitat of one of the richest ecosystems found up to now, with seasonal forests that are periodically flooded.
It has the largest concentration of fauna in the Neotropic ecozone, including many endangered species, among mammals, reptiles and fish, besides housing large variety of birds, either native or from other areas of the Americas.
Climate: Cuiaba: Tropical, with average temperature of 82.4 F (28 C), wet summer and dry winter. Caceres: The tropical climate prevails, with minimum temperature of 53.6 F (12 C) and maximum of 75.2 F (24 C). Pocone: Climate in the region is tropical, warm and semi-humid, with average temperature ranging from 73.4 F (23 C) to 77 F (25 C).
Gastronomy: Typical dishes of Pantanal. Most of the restaurants serve pintado, pacu and dourado fish. The menu of Pantanal also pleases those who appreciate exotic recipes, like the piranha juice, considered to be aphrodisiac, and the alligator meat.
Manaus and the Amazon Region: Encrusted in the Amazonian Forest, Manaus and some municipalities impress for the natural beauties, ecological parks and incomparable succession of green areas. In destination like those, visitors can lodge at Jungle Hotels, and make a tour around the creeks (igarapes) and visit indigenous communities. Besides hosting a large number of archeological sites, the cities in the North region of Brazil gather rich biodiversity. Moreover, the cuisine is characterized by the use of a large diversity of fish from the Amazonas river basin.
Climate: The climate humid equatorial. The average temperature is 80o F (26.7 C) with variations from 74 F (23 C) to 89 F (31 C).
The Iguazu Falls: The Iguazu Falls are one of the most impressive natural scenarios in the world. Foz do Iguazu is located in the extreme west of the State of Parana on the frontier between Brazil and Paraguay and Argentina. Together with the cities of Ciudad Del Este and Puerto Iguazu, it forms part of one of the largest cultural tourism poles in South America. The word "Iguazu" means "Big Water" in the Tupi-Guarani language. A name that perfectly fits into the grandiosity of the Iguazu falls, one of the natural wonders of the world, with 275 falls 60m high on average. Every year, thousands Brazilian and foreign tourists visit Foz do Iguazu, one of the main tourist attractions in the Country.
Climate: Subtropical humid, with hot summers, occasional frosts and rains all months of the year. In the summer, temperature ranges from 72 F (22 C) to 95 F (35 C) and in the winter it ranges from 41 F (5 C) to 72 F (22 C).