Planing a trip to Brazil? These are the places you must visit while you are here!
Fernando De Noronha
Fernando De Noronha is an archipelago of 21 islands and islets in the Atlantic Ocean in the northeast of Pernambuco. You can get there by boat or plane but you will have to fork out R$64,25, which is around USD 19 per day (even if you are a Brazilian), for the privilege. As Noronha is a conservation site this fee goes towards maintaining its idilic nature. If you like diving and/or snorkeling, Noronha is the perfect place to see turtles, dolphins and amazing coral vegetation. Only around 500 visitors are allowed on the island per day, so if you want to book a trip to Noranha, it has to be in advance, and peak times like New Years etc are booked seriously far in advance!
Rio De Janeiro
Rio De Janeiro, one of the most visited cities in south america, brings people from all around the world because of their mountains, landmarks, beaches and carnival festivals. Having Copacabana and Ipanema as their main beaches, Christ the Redeemer is also another must see in the city. I wont talk too much about Rio as there is so much about every aspect of the City easily available. I just couldn’t write the list without it!
Cataratas do Iguaçu
Cataratas Do Iguaçu, chosen as one of the new natural seven wonders in the world, is located in Paraná sharing a border with Argentina. With more than 270 individual waterfalls, is one of the, if not the most breathtaking places in Brazil (in my opinion).
Pelorinho is the historic center of Salvador, Bahia, rich with a lot of historical monuments from the 17th through the 19th centuries. It’s also home to a large open-air shopping mall that offers numerous art shops, musical attractions, bars, restaurants, boutiques, museums, theaters, churches and also de monuments.
Amazonia (Amazon Rainforest) includes territory belonging to nine nations. The majority of the forest is contained within Brazil, with 60% of the rainforest, followed by Peru with 13%, Colombia with 10%, and with minor amounts in Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. The Amazon also represents over half of the planet’s remaining rainforests, and comprises the largest and most bio diverse tract of tropical rainforest in the world, with an estimated 390 billion individual trees divided into 16,000 species. Getting the chance to go to the Amazon and and be in the middle of so many species of animals and trees is an experience of a life time. There are certain animals that can only be found here and the beauty of this place is just unreal.
Another must visit place in Bahia is Chapada Diamantina. Chapada Diamantina is a breathtaking landscape, its huge canyons with rivers of brownish waters, the high altitude grasslands, known locally as Gerais, so many waterfalls and a lot of trails to follow, once used by miners in their search for diamonds, makes it one of the best destinations in the country for the more outdoorsy adventurers. Among the main attractions are the Morro do Pai Inácio (Pai Inácio Hill), Cachoeira (waterfall) da Fumaça, Cachoeita Mixila , Cachoeira Sossego and the Vale do Pati which is widely considered the best trekking destination in the country. Also don’t forget to check the cave called Poço Encantado for diving and snorkeling.
Porto De Galinhas
Porto De Galinhas is constantly voted as of the best beach in Brazil. The main reasons given are the beauty of the natural pools (the closest to the coast in all of Brazil) and the ecological trails. How gorgeous is this place?!
Composed of large, white, sweeping dunes, at first glance Lençóis Maranhenses looks like it’s a desert, but in fact it is not…apparently. Lying just outside the Amazon Basin, the region is subject to a regular rainy season during the beginning of the year. The rains cause fresh water to collect in the valleys between sand dunes and because of the hard rock under it, it just pools there creating incredible blue, green and black “lagoons” surrounded by the desert-like sand. They are at their most amazing between July and September.
Mount Roraima shares a border between Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana. Its rock formations, rivers and waterfalls are totally worth the 10 day trip that will take you all the way up to the top of the mountain.
Last but not least, I just couldn’t leave Floripa off the list! Check my previous posts to see more about Florianópolis.