15 must dos on a trip to Brazil

Brazil as we all know is the fifth largest country in the world. If you are a football fanatic and in Brazil for the world cup, make sure you make most of your trip to this beautiful country! The official language of Brazil is Portuguese – so hone your skills before getting there :)
Brazil is one beautiful place having a long stretch of about 7500 km spread coastline. It has so many tourist attractions – beautiful glittery white sand beaches, local streets brimming with music, lovely magnificent waterfalls, wildlife filled wetlands, islands, and the mysterious Amazon rain-forest which is discovered wholly by nobody till now.  Today we bring you the list of the most loved top 15 tourist destinations in Brazil – some of the must dos on a trip to Brazil.

1. Christ the Redeemer

6955601775_ba855a731b_bThis place has a huge statue of Lord Jesus Christ, famous all over the world. The Christ the Redeemer statue stands 39.6 meters (130 ft) tall, including its 9.5 meters (31 ft) pedestal and has become an icon for Rio and Brazil. 

2. Iguacu Falls

2574725634_eb6b287919_bOne of the most lovely natural wonders, the Iguaçu falls are located on the Brazil-Argentina Border. One part of these falls is in Brazil while the other part resides its feet in the land of football, Argentina. The waterfall system consists of 275 falls along the Iguazu River.

3. Fernando de Noronha

Fernando de NoronhaThis place is a lovely little group of isles with awesomely intricate beaches, marvelous landscapes, and amazing fauna and flora.  It is situated 220 miles off the northeastern coast in Brazil. The waters are all azure blue with gleaming golden sands.

4. Rio Carnival

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere are carnival celebrations in virtually every corner of Brazil. The Rio Carnival attracts two million people per day on the streets and almost half a million foreigners during its 4 day celebration. The Carnival is all over the place, in the streets and squares, bars, clubs and all other venues in Rio.

5. Amazon River
At approximately 4,000 miles, the Amazon River is the second longest river in the world. The Amazon has over 3,000 Recognized species of fish and new species are still being discovered. A tenth of the world’s estimated 10 million living species live in the Amazon rainforest.

6. Salvador76344381_625b87329b_bSalvador is the largest city on the northeast coast of Brazil and the capital of the Northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia. Salvador is also known as Brazil’s capital of happiness due to its countless popular outdoor parties, including its street carnival. The city has the largest carnival of the World. The city of Salvador is notable in Brazil for its cuisine, music and architecture.

7. Curitiba – Botanical Garden

4667390941_d9a7719a8f_bThis is a park located in the city of Curitiba, the capital of the state of Parana, and the biggest city in southern Brazil. It is the major tourist attraction and landmark of the city.  Once by the portal of entry, one may see extensive gardens in the French style fountains, waterfalls and lakes, and the main greenhouse, which shelters in its interior, specimens of plants characteristic of tropical regions. It rolls out its carpet of flowers to the visitors right at the entrance.

8. The Pantanal

Pantanal 2009The Pantanal is an area not visited by travelers as often, as it is on the far west side of Brazil and is little less easy to get to than other places. It is also arguably one of the world’s best places to see animals and birds- a place where there’s more wildlife than nightlife!

9. Historic Center of Olinda

3199934032_c354bf2610_b A well preserved colonial city, Olinda is located on the Brazil’s northeastern coast, just north of Recife. Olinda features a number of major touristic attractions, such as a historic downtown area, churches, and the famous Carnival of Olinda. Many bars, restaurants, artist and craftspeople studios add charm to the old-town setting.

10. Teatro Amazonas2581950903_2caa7175bb_bThe Teatro Amazonas Historic Theater is a popular historical attraction when visiting the city of Manaus, located in the midst of the Amazon Rainforest. The theater is a working historical landmark with scheduled operas by renowned performers, ballets, philharmonic orchestras, and performances by solo musical artists.

11. Lapa Steps

Selaron's Stairs, a mosaic tile stairway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil This crazy and colorful tiled stairway is the work of Chilean artist Jorge Selaron. This famous stairway is made up of 250 steps and measures 125 meters long. Their splendor is not only due to size, but to decor; the steps are adorned in over 2,000 brightly colored tiles from more than sixty different countries.

12. Street art of Rio

4736127587_5c9713ea00_bRio de Janeiro has become a sort-of mecca for graffiti artists in Latin America. From the intricately painted street stairs of Escadería Selaron to the layered murals, tags, and stencils in the Santa Teresa and Laranjeiras neighborhoods.

13. The Brazalian MaldivesLagoa-ParaisoThe Brazilian Maldives can be found near the beach town of Jericoacoara in northern Brazil.  Not very well known at all, but one of the most unique places in Brazil.  The town sits in the middle of a valley with sand dunes to the East and grass laid hills to the West.  Once you drive inland you can find fresh water lagoons called Paradise Lagoon (Lagoa Paraiso) and Blue Lagoon (Lagoa Azul).  Definitely worth a visit.

14. Brasilia2292729905_1deced1487_bBrasilia is not only a planned city. It is a planned capital located in the central area of the country. Just five years before, the area resembled a desert, with no people, scarce water, few animals and plants and today, it is  a masterpiece of modernist architecture listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and attracts architecture aficionados worldwide.

15. Ouro preto

1512358548_f99118ce1a_bOne of Brazil’s best-preserved colonial towns, Ouro Preto, meaning “black gold”, was founded at the end of the 17th century. It quickly became the epicenter of a new gold rush in the state of Minas Gerais. The city contains well preserved Portuguese colonial architecture, while modern buildings must adhere to historical standards maintained by the city. 18th- and 19th-century churches decorated with gold and the sculptured works of Aleijadinho make Ouro Preto one of the most popular tourist attractions in Brazil.

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