Brazil is best known for the bustling city of Rio de Janeiro, exotic Amazon region, and its famous Copacabana beach. But aside from those main attractions, there are several more places to see in Brazil. Read on to discover the 10 best destinations to visit in Brazil, that are not already on your radar.
1. Porto de Galinhas – best destinations to visit in Brazil
Porto do Galinhas was nominated as one of the most scenic beaches in Brazil, and you can see why. The attractive bright white water beaches and natural tide pools attract tourists year-round. Despite the popularity, there is not a lot of heavy traffic or crazy nightlife. Spend the day swimming with the fish, riding a dune buggy, or dozing off in a hammock by the warm, green, clear Atlantic.
Location: an hour or two south of Recife, Brazil.
2. Tiradentes & Ouro Preto – best destinations to visit in Brazil
Start in Tiradentes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site as of 1985 and admire this beautiful colonial city before visiting Ouro Preto. Ouro Preto is often overlooked, but what people don’t realize is that this was the city where the majority of the gold was taken during the gold rush. Ouro Preto was once “the world’s richest city.” As you walk through this UNESCO World Heritage Site, admire the beautiful baroque architecture, fountains, cobblestone streets and wander through the elaborate gold churches and chapels!
3. Fortaleza – best destinations to visit in Brazil
Is your ideal night filled with dancing and enjoying mouth-watering food? If so, venture to Fortaleza. Fortaleza is known for its fresh lobster and seafood. With a happy belly, spend the afternoon in the sun at the surrounding urban beaches. At night, go dancing with friends at the lively nightclubs. Shopping and museums full of art and culture are also at your fingertips.
Location: Northeast coast of Brazil.
4.Lençóis Maranhenses National Park – best destinations to visit in Brazil
If you’re traveling with teenagers, Lençóis Maranhenses is a place that will get them off their phones. At the Lençóis Maranhenses, sand dunes are begging you to drive a buggy around. If you’re feeling a little uncomfortable about driving in a foreign country, there are buggy tours available. Hang on to your seat as a tour guide drives you around the dunes and shows you some of the most impressive blue-green lagoons in the park.
Location: North of Fortaleza along the coast.
5. Gruta do Lago Azul – best destinations to visit in Brazil
Gruta do Lago Azul is also known as “the blue lake grotto.” The main attraction here being the sparkling underground lake inside the cave. Tour guides are happy to share the history of the caves with you. Typically, the best time to visit the cave is during late December and early January when the sun shines inside the cave at just the right angle.
Location: Bonito, Brazil.
6. Bento Goncalves – best destinations to visit in Brazil
Bento Goncalves is a beautiful place for wine. There are many wineries along the rolling hills, but one that is close to our hearts is Casa Valduga. People here are yelling, “pass me the bubbly!” Casa Valduga specializes in sparkling wine, as they host the largest sparkling wine cellar in America. For your wine-induced munchies, there is also a restaurant serving both Brazilian and Italian food.
Location: State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
7. Chapada Diamantina National Park – best destinations to visit in Brazil
This national park is consistently described as amazing, and that isn’t solely coming from teenage girls. On your visit here you will see vast rock formations, crystal clear lakes, rivers, and overall a very mixed terrain. Sign up for a tour of the park and learn about the fascinating history of the diamond boom that occurred here. We recommend spending a few days to spend so that you can truly take it all in.
Location: hire a guide to help you out with directions and accommodations to the park, as it is a little tricky to find.
8. The Amazon – best destinations to visit in Brazil
The Amazon doesn’t qualify as a “niche” destination, but if you stay at an Amazon Lodge in Brazil, you’re sure to have a unique experience. Wake up to birds chirping in the morning, and prepare to explore the jungle in the afternoon. At a lodge, you will experience the highlights of wildlife and the comfort of the luxurious rooms.
Location: Northwestern Brazil.
9. The Pantanal – best destinations to visit in Brazil
Similar to the Amazon, the Pantanal is also renowned for its wildlife. The Pantanal is an immense tropical wetland that is home to hundreds of species of birds, along with fauna like jaguars, caimans, and capybaras. Summer rains flood the region, while the dry winter season creates plentiful lagoons. Stay at an eco-lodge where there will be access to canoeing, horseback riding and hiking trails.
Location: Mainly in western Brazil’s Mato Grosso do Sul state.
10. Curitiba – best destinations to visit in Brazil
Curitiba is the capital of the Brazilian state of Paraná and is an inland city of tall buildings such as the Panoramic Tower, with an observatory on top. Travel to the top for a picturesque view! Book a show for the evening because Curitiba is home to performance venues, including the Wire Opera, a structure of tubular steel with a transparent roof, and the Guaíra Theater, with diverse programs. The botanical gardens is a fun place to spend an afternoon too!
Location: Curitiba, State of Paraná, Brazil.
Contact our experienced travel consultants today to plan your dream trip to Brazil. They can arrange your accommodations to any of these top destinations.
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