Think Brazil and thoughts happily turn to Carnival, the biggest party of the year in this shindig-happy country. But Carnival is to Brazil what Leonardo’s Mona Lisa is to the Louvre—one masterpiece among many. Brazil’s other coveted jewels include a long list of natural wonders, urban dynamos Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, and the thousand-plus beaches along the Atlantic coast. And that’s just scratching the surface.
If Brazil is in your future, you’ll want to spend some time with Fodor’s Choice Brazil, which has helpful suggestions about the best things to see and do, and where to eat and sleep. And for those who’ve never been to Rio de Janeiro, our Rio Survival Guide can help you plot your course through this complex and multi-faceted metropolis. Finally, as everyone loves a bargain, don’t miss 10 Free Things to Do in Rio.