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. The country is known as both a tropical paradise and a fascinating cultural destination with diverse attractions to visit. Some of the best things to do in 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 and its arm is outstretched for about 28m, this huge Art Deco statue of Christ gazes out towers over the city and the bay from the Corcovado summit. The statue is 709m high and it can be found on Tijuca National Park and there is a rack railway to take you to the summit. The statue was completed in 1931 and it was 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 make a stop and explore the trails that lead through the Tijuca National Park which is a huge forest where you will see waterfalls, springs, and numerous tropical birds, plants, and butterflies. There are also numerous viewpoints within the park that you can visit.
Explore Iguaçu Falls
This fall is located in a place where Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay meets and this mesmerizing river drops in a semicircle and 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 and you will not be able to see all of them at once. You will get panoramic views from the Brazilian side of the Falls. You should also make sure you explore Catwalks and tower for different perspectives, you will also find a bridge that leads to one of the largest fall called Garganta do Diabo. You should also not miss the Argentinian side where you will get close-up views from catwalks which extends into the center 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
This 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 as it offers a diverse ecosystem of rare and wonderful creatures. Pantanal is a great spot to try out birds spotting activities. The park also houses large mammals such as capybaras and jaguars, you will also find popular residents such as caimans.
Fortaleza can be found in the exotic northeast region of Brazil and it is a coastal city that features a strong wind which attracts 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 and their trajectory can be broken temporarily by fascinating daredevil leaps. The city is also popular for its fresh and locally-sourced seafood and you can visit the numerous beachside restaurants where you can try out the mouth-watering local cuisine.
Wander around Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
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. The beach is 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. The highlight of the area is the popular Copacabana Palace which is protected as a national monument.