Explore Brazil
Brazil
Divine blend of nature & architecture

Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is a country in South America. It's the largest country in South America. From the Amazon rainforest in the North, to the vibrant cities of the Southeast there is a plethora of interesting places to visit in Brazil. Brazil is a perfect melange of past and future which is evident from the picturesque coexistence of modern-day and Renaissance architecture. The country's rich culture, history and traditions is represented by everything encompassed by it. 


Popular cities: 

  • Rio de Janeiro

  • Manaus 

  • Brasília 

  • Salvador 

  • São Paulo 

  • Fortaleza 

Climate
The climate of Brazil is mainly tropical and subtropical. November to March is the best time to visit Brazil.

  • January — Warm
  • February — Hot
  • March — Hot
  • April — Humid
  • May — Cool
  • June — Cool
  • July — Cool
  • August — Cool
  • September — Cool
  • October — Cool
  • November — Humid
  • December — Wet
Things to do
City Life
With a spectacular natural setting, divine blend of architecture and planned green space, as well as, a vibrant urban cultural landscape, Rio de Janeiro as a whole is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It also has one of the world's best pre-Lenten celebration Carnaval. Sambódromo parades, samba parties and shows make celebrations come alive. Largo do Boticário is one of Rio's most beautiful squares which is surrounded by colonial-style houses. Santa Teresa neighborhood is also worth visiting for its Bohemian atmosphere. Brasília is a UNESCO World Heritage city composed of some major architectural highlights of Brazil. Square of the Three Powers, Monumento JK, Lago do Paranóa, Sanctuary of Dom Bosco, Monumental Axis and Torre de TV are the prime attractions of this futuristic capital city. São Paulo is known for the amazing Ibirapuera Park, Auditório Ibirapuera, Pavilhão da Bienal de Artes, and Avenida Paulista. Recife is an interesting place to visit because of its beaches, historic old town and vibrant culture. Besides its beaches, Franciscan Convent of Saint Anthony, Saint Peter Square and Sao José Market are prime attractions. Salvador is replete with colonial buildings, beautiful churches and monasteries. Pelourinho, located in the heart of Cidade Alta (Upper town), has the finest 17th and 18th century colonial buildings in Latin America. Elevador Lacerda (Elevator to Upper Town) is an iconic landmark of Salvador. At the foot of this elevator, is the Mercado Models, a vibrant marketplace with visiting. There are several aesthetic museums and churches in this area. Ouro Preto is like a time capsule reflecting the colonial past of Brazil. It's rich in colonial architecture and is thus named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. São Francisco de Assis and Matriz de Nossa Senhora do Pilar are the prime examples of architectural brilliance of the 17th century. Belo Horizonte is well-known for its splendid architecture and collection of modern art. Most of the buildings are designed by Oscar Niemeyer. Edificio Niemeyer, Palácio das Artes and Rainha da Sucata are the prime attractions.
Historic/Architectural Heritage
Christ the Redeemer, located in Rio de Janeiro, overlooks the scenic city from the 709-meter summit of Corcovado. This magnificent art deco statue is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone. Teatro Municipal (City Theatre) is modelled after the Paris Opera displaying a divine amalgamation of Art Nouveau and Italian Renaissance themes. Over the years it has hosted several performances by renowned international artists. Bandeiras Monument, located in São Paulo, is an obelisk built to commemorate those who died in 1932 in the struggle for a new constitution. Sé(Cathedral) in São Paulo is an epitome of neo-Gothic architecture adorned by a Renaissance-style dome. On the facade are the statues of Christ's disciples and Old Testament Prophets. Its interior design and intricate carvings will leave you spellbound. Teatro Amazonas is an Italian Renaissance-style Opera House in Manaus. Originally opened in 1896, this national monument is the city's most famous building. Benedictine Monastery, Fort São João, Mercado, Farol da Barra, Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos are some of the other historical and architectural wonders of Brazil.
Museums
Museu Chácara do Céu houses an exquisite art collection of mainly modern works, including those by Miró, Picasso and Matisse. It also has Chinese sculptures from the 17th through 19th centuries. The Museu de Arte houses the continent's most comprehensive collection of western art. It displays works by artists from the Renaissance period through modern masters. Niterói Contemporary Art Museum also houses an extensive collection of artworks by Western artists and major Brazilian painters. Batman's Alley, located in the Bohemian Vila neighborhood, is an open-air gallery of brilliant street art by local and international artists. Ethnographic museums such as Museum of Indigenous People, Museu Afro-Brasil, Museum of Northern Man and Museum of the Indian offer an insightful peek into Brazil's rich regional culture and folk traditions.
Nature & Adventure
Sugar Loaf is one of Rio de Janeiro's most famous landmarks, towering 394 meters above the harbor. It provides breathtaking views of the entire mountainous coast.You can take a suspended cable car ride from Praça General Tibúrcio to the top of the Morro da Urca and from here a second cableway runs to the summit of SugarLoaf. Anavilhanas Islands, located between Manaus and Novi Airão, is an archipelago of 400 islands and islets. It is adorned with pristine lakes, flooded forests, watercourses and exotic flora and fauna. Jaú National Forest is the largest forest reserve in South America, and a part of the World Heritage Site. Its rich fauna includes some rare and endangered species such as the manatee, Brazilian otter, jaguars and Amazon River dolphins. Its diverse ecosystem includes hills, channels, land forests, flooded forests and plains. Canoeing through its waterways is the best way to explore the park. Pantanal is often called the world's largest tropical wetland. Located in the southwestern Brazil it extends into Bolivia and Paraguay. It's rich biodiversity will steal your heart away. You can spot marsh deer, giant river otter, capybara, crowned solitary eagle, maned wolf and many other birds, animals, fishes and plant species. Amazon Rainforest comprises the most bio-diverse and largest tract of tropical rainforest in the world. It covers much of northwestern Brazil and extends into other South American countries. This place is a haven for at least 40,000 plant species, 2.5 million insect species, 1,294 birds, 427 mammals, 2,000 fishes and many amphibians and reptiles. Have a guide with you to learn deeper about everything and anything you see. Besides the exotic flora and fauna, the pristine Amazon River is the prime attraction of this place. There are several lodges so that you can stay overnight and explore the forest to the fullest. You can go hiking or explore this forest via riverboats. Janauari Ecological Park, located near Manaus, features a variety of ecosystems such as alluvial plains, swampy woodland and solid land. Motorboats will take you through the park's narrow waterways which are surrounded by luxuriant vegetation. One of the most beautiful extraordinary sights in the park is a lake covered with Victoria Amazonica, a large water lily found in the Amazon region. Maragogi is home to Brazil's largest barrier reef. During low tide the most beautiful natural pools called Galés are visible. Located in Northeast Brazil, Maragogi is blessed with serene ambience and scenic landscapes. Its crystal clear waters are perfect for scuba diving, swimming and snorkeling. Iguaça Falls, Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, Chapada Diamantina National Park, Jericoacoara, Taipus de Fora, Bonito, Land of Waterfalls, Jardim Botanical Garden and Encontro das Águas are other prominent places known for their rich nature and biodiversity.
Beaches
Copacabana, located in Rio de Janeiro, is one of the prime attractions of Brazil. The beach is separated from the traffic by a broad promenade paved in artistic black and white mosaic. Museum of the History of the Army, Copacabana Fort and Copacabana Palace are a must-visit for their historical importance. Beaches of Leblon and Ipanema are separated by the Jardim de Alá Canal. Besides their sandy beaches, these two districts are also best-known for their vibrant cultural life, cinemas, avant-garde theatre and art galleries. Porto de Galinhas is adorned with broad stretches of silver sand, tall palm trees and crystal waters. Boa Viagem and São José da Coroa Grande are the main beaches of Recife. Praia Mole near Florianopolis is a tiny beach yet a major surfing destination. It also offers plenty of hiking opportunities. Buzios, situated to the north of Rio de Janeiro, hosts two pristine beaches namely Ferradura Beach which is best known for snorkeling and the Geeibá Beach famous for its great surfing. Praia do Futuro, Mucuripe, Meireles and Iracema attract a number of tourists to Fortaleza. Tinharé, Boipeba, Lopes Mendes, Santinho Beach, Praia dos Ingleses, Praia de Pipa, Praia do Madeiro, Rose Beach, Porto de Galinhas, Praia da Urca, Pernambuco Beaches are other scenic beaches worth visiting in Brazil.
Wildlife
Tijuca National Park surrounds the magnificent Cristo Redentor and protects the Tijuca Forest. Most of the trees found in this forest are native species and provide habitat for quatis, Capuchin monkeys, hawks, colorful toucans, and many other species of wildlife. Brasília National Park protects a variety of environments, including the bush steppe of the Brazilian interior, low and crooked trees of cerrado, swampy palm-scattered plains and expanses of scrub and grassland. It shelters a number of mammals such as rare maned wolves, capybaras, wild pigs, pampas deer, jaguars, caimans and different species of birds and snakes. Iguacu National Park, Anavilhanas National Park and Museu da Amazônia are just a few of the places to spot some exotic mammals, birds and plant species.
Places of Worship
The Church and Convent of São Francisco is the finest and most opulent church in Salvador. Built in the early 1700s, this magnificent church is embellished with intricate carvings covered in gold. Catedral Metropolitana Nossa Senhora Aparecida is a unique circular landmark in Brasília, designed by Oscar Niemeyer. Most of the cathedral is underground making this landmark one of a kind. Igreja do Senhor do Bonfim, São Bento Monastery, Sanctuary of Bom Jesus de Matosinhos, Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro and Church of the Third Order of Saint Francis are other beautiful places of worship in Brazil.
How to spend time / how long will it take?
A major chunk of Brazil can be covered in 10 to 14 days. Spend a day or two in São Paulo to explore the city and its heritage sites. From here go to Rio de Janeiro and spend two days exploring its natural and architectural wonders. Also, don't miss out on its pristine beaches. To enjoy more beachy vibes, spend a day visiting Ipanema and Leblon. Spend a day in Belo Horizonte to live through Brazil’s authentic culture. From here go to the exotic city of Brasília and spend a day or two to witness sheer modernity through grand artistic structures. Next you could spend a day exploring the scenic city Salvador. Take a day trip to Maragogi to relax and rejuvenate in its tranquil ambience. Spend a day in Fortaleza and then take a day trip to Jericoacoara. From here, go to São Luis and spend a day exploring the city. Spend a day in Manaus which is the getaway to the Amazon Rainforest. Spend two to three days exploring the rich biodiversity and wildlife of this magnificent forest.
Cuisine
  • Brazilian cuisine is characterized by African, European, Amerindian, and most recently Asian influences. As such there is not an exact national Brazilian cuisine but there is a mixture of various regional traditions and typical dishes. Some of the best foods to try in Brazil are Barbequed meat, Brigadeiros, Moqueca Baiana, Pão de queijo, Feijoada, Quindim, and Vinagrete, among others.
Costs
  • In general, a regular meal might cost around R$ 24 (USD 4.74) per meal.
Visa
  • Indians require a Visa.
  • Other nationalities may or may not require a Visa.
Season to Visit
  • November
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 10 - 14 days

Known For
  • Beaches
  • Amazon Rainforest
  • Wildlife
  • Architecture
  • Nightlife
  • Cityscapes
Areas to Visit
  • Rio de Janeiro for Christ the Redeemer, beaches and cultural sites
  • Brasília for modern architecture
  • São Paulo for urban delights and nightlife
  • Amazonas for biodiversity, wildlife and adventure

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