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Brazil is the largest country in South America and it is a top destination for all kinds of tourists. The city is dotted with everything from dense rainforest to vibrant cities and also national parks, mind-blowing beaches, and iconic attractions that you can explore. Known as both a tropical paradise and a fascinating cultural destination, Brazil has diverse attractions to visit. Some of the best things to do when you visit Brazil are listed below.

Go sightseeing at Sugar Loaf, Rio de Janeiro

This is a well-known emblem of Rio de Janeiro and it shoots out of a tree-covered promontory, it rises 394m above the city. Going to the summit of this mountain is among the top things to do in the city and you will get mesmerizing views of Rio and the harbor. To get to the summit, you will go on a thrilling ride between the mountain and the city. The Rio first settlement started below these peaks close to the long Praia da Urca beach and you should also make sure you tour the star-shaped Fort Sao Joao.

Visit Cristo Redentor, Rio de Janeiro

This is an iconic attraction in Rio. The huge Art Deco statue of Christ towers over the city and the bay from the Corcovado summit. Christ the Redeemer is 709m high and can be found in Tijuca National Park. If you don’t fancy the epic hike, there is a railway to take you to the summit. It was completed in 1931, built with reinforced concrete and soapstone. The base of the statue features a chapel which is popularly used for weddings. On your railway trip to the summit, you can stop and explore the trails that lead through the Tijuca National Park. Here you will see waterfalls, springs, and numerous tropical birds, plants, and butterflies. You can also visit numerous epic viewpoints within the park.

Explore IguaƧu Falls

Iguacu Falls is located where the borders of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay meet. The mesmerizing river drops in a semicircle as it thunders down into the gorge. Above the falls, the river shrinks to one-fourth of its usual size which makes the force of the water stronger. Some of the falls are about 100m high and covers a huge area! So large, that you will not be able to see all of them at once. From the Brazilian side of the Falls, you can get a gorgeous panoramic view. Exploring the different walks and the tower is great for different perspectives.

After that, try and find the bridge that leads to one of the largest falls – Garganta do Diabo. You should also not miss the Argentinian side where you will get close-up views from a walk which extends into the centre of the falls. The Falls is protected by UNESCO listed Iguacu National Park which features subtropical rain forests and it houses over 1000 species of birds and mammals such as otters, deer, capybaras, and ocelots.

Go sightseeing at Pantanal

Pantanal is an enormous wetland which covers the west of Brazil and passes through Paraguay and Bolivia. This park is a great destination to go if you are wildlife lovers. Here, you can see a diverse ecosystem of rare and wonderful creatures. Pantanal is a great spot to try out bird spotting activities. The park also houses large mammals such as capybaras and jaguars, and caimans.

Explore Fortaleza

Fortaleza is a coastal city found in the exotic northeast region of Brazil. Due to its strong wind, it has been a popular destination with kite surfers for years. If you are not up for this adventure, you can watch as the surfers’ race across the surface of the sea. The city is also popular for its fresh and locally-sourced seafood. Here you can visit the numerous beachside restaurants where you can try mouth-watering local cuisine.

Wander around Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

Finally, Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana follows downtown Rio and it is bordered on a side by 4km of white sand and breaking surf. This beach is divided from the buildings and traffic by a wide promenade designed in black and white mosaic. As a result, it’s a popular hotspot for swimmers, families, sunbathers, and so on. The best thing to do here is to just wander the streets where you will find cafes, restaurants, magnificent old buildings, and smart shops that you can explore. Additionally, the highlight of the area is the popular Copacabana Palace which is protected as a national monument.

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