Best Destinations in Brazil
By Patricia Ribeiro, About.com Guide
Nearly half of the Brazilian territory is within the limits of the North Region, which in turn is almost all covered by the world's largest rainforest - the Amazon Forest. Enjoy deeper recesses of the forest at a jungle lodge or stay close to the regions' main cities, while still enjoying a taste of adventure.
The Northeast, the site of Brazil's discovery by the Portuguese, boasts historic cities, sunny summers, sand dunes, and swishing coconut groves. Go inland for amazing natural attractions such as Chapada Diamantina and a further glimpse into the region's unique folklore, crafts and heritage.
A place of fusions - cultural, racial and spiritual - Salvador is among the top four touristic destinations for almost every group of international visitors coming to Brazil, and one of the host cities in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Brazil's first capital, from 1549 to 1763, Salvador is rich in historic monuments and buildings, particularly in Pelourinho, and intangible treasures expressed in its Afro-Brazilian rituals, traditions, food, and music. Here's a growing guide to its unique attractions.
- Arena Fonte Nova - Host Stadium in Confederations Cup 2013 and 2014 World Cup
- Terreiro de Jesus, Pelourinho
- Fundação Casa de Jorge Amado, Pelourinho
- St. Francis Church and Convent, Pelourinho
- Afro-Brazilian Museum, Pelourinho
- Senhor Bom do Jesus do Bonfim Church
- Mercado Modelo
- Elevador Lacerda
- Sheraton da Bahia Hotel
- Best Luxury and Boutique Hotels in Salvador
- Where to Stay in Pelourinho
- Review of Gran Hotel Stella Maris
- Salvador Carnival Circuits
A mosaic of intriguing rock formations, rivers, waterfalls, caves and towns with preserved colonial architecture and home to 14 conservation units, including a national park Chapada Diamantina is one of Brazil's ecotourism paradises. Discover its top attractions in this growing guide.
- Morro do Pai Inácio
- Chapada Diamantina Caves: Lapa Doce
- Chapada Photos: On the Trail in the Capão Valley
- Marimbus: The Wetlands of Chapada Diamantina
- Fazenda Marimbus
- Buracâo Waterfall
- Mirante do Campo Redondo (Round Field Lookout Point)
- Ibicoara Travel Guide
- Pratinha Guide
- Devil's Pool, Lençóis
- Hotel Review: Canto das Águas, Lençóis
- Hotel Review: Hotel de Lençóis
- Lençóis Pousadas: Vila Serrano
- Lençóis on a Budget: Pouso da Trilha
- Lençóis on a Budget: Pousada Nativos
- Pousada Review: Villa Lagoa das Cores, Vale do Capão
- Review of Pousada Pai Inácio
The Central West
The land locked Central West is nothing but short of water. Discover Pantanal, the world's largest wetlands, and more water attractions.
Beaches, mountains, caves, Atlantic rainforest and a lot of Brazilians are ready to welcome you in the Southeast, the most densely populated region in Brazil. Enjoy Rio de Janeiro, but don't stop there - you'll discover many other attractive cities in the Southeast.
Following the end of the thriving Sugar Cane and Gold Cycles, Paraty lived through a period of isolation only to emerge as a touristic destination in the 1970s, when new roads made it easier to reach. Discover great attractions in this national treasure near Rio de Janeiro.
- Paraty Mud Carnival
- Mud Carnival Photo Gallery
- Rua do Comércio Photo Guide
- Review of Estrela da Manhã Schooner Tour
- The Paraty Puppet Theater - Contadores de Histórias
- Cachaça Maria Izabel
- Shopping for Crafts at Recanto do Pinto
- A Boutique Hotel: Casa Turquesa
- Pousada Flor do Mar Review
- Pousada Arte Colonial
- Pousada Dom Ângelo
- Pousada Porto Imperial
- Pousada do Príncipe
- Buenos Aires Café by Ale Arce
- Paraty Nightlife: Margarida Café
- Paraty Food and Culture: Restaurante do Quilombo
- Paraty Culture: Silo Cultural José Kléber
From attractive state capitals and cities with a strong European heritage to wonderful beaches, the South is worth a lengthy stay. Oustanding natural attractions include the supreme Iguassu Falls, canyons and the pampas - Brazil's cowboy land.