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Whether you go during Carnival or not, Brazil is always a party. You can tan and mingle with the locals on the country's seemingly endless beaches, from Rio's glamorous Copacabana to the unspoiled treasures along the northeastern shores. In the vast interior, outdoor adventures thrill: take a spray-soaked boat ride into Iguaçu's raging waterfalls or spot exotic wildlife in the Pantanal. On rugged treks through the Amazon rain forest or on shopping expeditions in São Paulo's chic boutiques, you will plunge into a vibrant mix of colors, rhythms, and cultures.

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Rio de Janeiro

Welcome to the Cidade Maravilhosa, or the Marvelous City, as Rio is known in Brazil. Synonymous with the girl from Ipanema, the dramatic views...

São Paulo

A sprawling, high-rise megacity, São Paulo might not have Rio's beaches and sultry good looks, but for urban explorers, it's a thoroughly rewarding...

Salvador

According to Salvador’s adopted son Jorge Amado, "In Salvador, magic becomes part of the everyday." From the shimmering golden light of sunset...

Brasilia

The idea of moving Brazil's capital to the interior dates from the early days of the country's independence, but it wasn't until 1955 that the...

Belo Horizonte

The Cidade de Minas (city of Minas), now Belo Horizonte, was established in 1897, when Ouro Preto, because of its mountainous geography, could...

Recife

This vibrant metropolis has a spirit that's halfway between that of the modern cities of Brazil's South and of the traditional northeastern...

Manaus

The capital of Amazonas State, Manaus is the Amazon's most popular tourist destination, largely because of the many jungle lodges in the surrounding...

Porto Alegre

Porto Alegre's hallmark is the hospitality of its people, a trait that has been acknowledged over and over by visitors, earning it the nickname...

Fortaleza

Called the "City of Light," Fortaleza claims that the sun shines on it 2,800 hours a year. And it's a good thing, too, as the coastline stretches...

Belem

The capital of Pará State, Belém is a river port of around 1.4 million people on the south bank of the Rio Guamá. The Portuguese settled here...

Ouro Preto

The former gold-rush capital is the best place to see the legendary sculptor Aleijadinho's artistry. Now a lively university town, it's been...

Curitiba

Curitiba is on the Paraná Plateau, at an elevation of 2,800 feet. It owes its name to the Paraná pinecones, which were called kur-ity-ba by...

Florianopolis

The nickname "Magic Island" is an appropriate moniker for Florianópolis (officially called Ilha de Santa Catarina, but known to most as Florianópolis...

Buzios

Around two hours from Rio de Janeiro, Búzios is a string of beautiful beaches on an 8-km-long (5-mile-long) peninsula. It was the quintessential...

Natal

Natal has been growing by leaps and bounds over the past decade. The capital of Rio Grande do Norte has become an important industrial center...

Paraty

This stunning colonial city—also spelled Parati—is one of South America's gems and a must-visit if you have a few days to spare during a visit...

Cuiaba

The northern gateway to the Pantanal wetlands, Cuiabá is also the southernmost gateway to the cerrado and the Amazon beyond. While you're waiting...

Ilhabela

Ilhabela is favored by those who like beach and water sports; indeed, many sailing competitions are held here as well as scuba diving. This...

Campo Grande

Campo Grande is the gateway to the southern Pantanal and to the water sports–rich areas around Bonito. Nicknamed the Cidade Morena (Brunette...

Campos do Jordão

In the Serra da Mantiqueira at an altitude of 5,525 feet, Campos do Jordão and its fresh mountain air are paulistanos’ favorite winter attractions...

Tiradentes

Probably the best historic city to visit after Ouro Preto and Diamantina, Tiradentes was the birthplace of a martyr who gave the city its name...

Bonito

The hills around this small town of 15,000, whose name rightly means "beautiful," are on the southern edge of the Pantanal, not too far from...

The Marau Peninsula

In the native Indian Tupi Guarani language, Maraú means the "sun's light at daybreak," likely an homage to the dazzling light that governs the...

Lençois

In a region of outstanding natural beauty, the small town of Lençóis was once known as the Diamond Capital thanks to the frenzy that took hold...

Petropolis

The highway northeast of Rio de Janeiro rumbles past forests and waterfalls en route to a mountain town so refreshing and picturesque that Dom...

Praia do Rosa

Once a simple fishing hamlet, Praia do Rosa is one of the most beautiful beaches in the South, with a winning combination of good surf, stunning...

Macapa

Macapá is on the north channel of the Amazon Delta and, like Belém, was built by the Portuguese as an outpost. Today it's the capital of and...

Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande, 90 minutes via ferry from Angra dos Reis, is one of the most popular island destinations in Brazil. It boasts 86 idyllic beaches...

Olinda

The name of Pernambuco State's original capital means "beautiful," and this must have been what came to mind when the first Europeans stood...

São Sebastião

São Sebastião stretches along 100 km (62 miles) of the North Shore. Its bays, islands, and beaches attract everyone from the youngsters who...

Embu

Founded in 1554, Embu, or Embu das Artes, is a tiny Portuguese colonial town of whitewashed houses, old churches, wood-carvers’ studios, and...

Ilha do Marajo

With an area of roughly 49,600 square km (18,900 square miles), Ilha do Marajó is reputedly the world's largest river island. Its relatively...

Alter do Chão

Dubbed the "Carribean of the Amazon" because of its crystalline waters, white-sand beaches, and laid-back vibe, Alter do Chão is a relaxing...

Vale dos Vinhedos

The Serra Gaúcha—the mountainous region of Rio Grande do Sul—produces 90% of Brazilian wine. Grapevines grow throughout the hilly terrain, but...

Trancoso

One of Bahia's most picturesque beach towns, Trancoso was founded by Jesuit missionaries in 1586 and orginally named St. John Baptist of the...

Balneario Camboriu

At a glance, the beachside city of Balneário Camboriú could be straight out of the Jetsons, with its futuristic skyline of tall, thin buildings...

Cabo Frio

Nicknamed the "Caribbean of Brazil" in honor of its translucent white sands and crystal clear warm waters, Arraial do Cabo is a favorite destination...

Diamantina

Diamantina took its name from the diamonds that were extracted in great quantities here in the 18th century. Perhaps because of its remote setting...

Praia da Pipa

Praia da Pipa was a small fishing village until it was "discovered" by surfers in the '70s. Word of its beauty spread, and it's now one of the...

Jericoacoara

It could be the sand dunes, some more than 30 meters (100 feet) tall; it could be the expanse of ocean that puts no limits on how far your eyes...

Gramado

No doubt it was Gramado's mild mountain climate that attracted German settlers to the area in the late 1800s. They left a legacy of German-style...

Iguaçu Falls

The construction of the Itaipú Dam (now the world's second largest) in 1975 transformed Foz do Iguaçu into a bustling city with seven times...

Boipeba

With few direct transport links, Boipeba’s pristine white sand, turquoise waters, and virgin forests have remained something of a Robinson Crusoe...

Fernando de Noronha

This stunning archipelago is widely recognized as one of Brazil's crown jewels. The 16 beaches are incomparably beautiful, and the brilliant...

Parque Nacional Chapada dos Guimarães

The Chapada dos Guimarães is one of the best places to get a taste of the unique landscape of the cerrado, the endless Brazilian savanna which...

Serra Negra

At 4,265 feet above sea level in the Serra da Mantiqueira, Serra Negra attracts hordes of paulistanos and cruising motorbike fans looking for...

Santos

The biggest city on the São Paulo coast, Santos is the home of the largest container port in South America. At the turn of the 20th century...

Paranagua

Most of Brazil's coffee and soybeans are shipped out of Paranaguá, the nation's second-largest port, which also serves as chief port for landlocked...

Alagoas

For a long time, Brazil’s smallest state was known for little else than sugar production and as the breeding ground (and favored retreat) of...

Porto Seguro

Not too long ago, Porto Seguro (Safe Harbor) was a serene fishing village. Now it’s one of the prime tourist destinations in the country for...

Angra dos Reis

Angra dos Reis (Bay of Kings) has it all: colonial architecture, beautiful beaches, and clear green waters. Schooners, yachts, and fishing skiffs...

Praia do Forte

Praia do Forte was first settled in 1549 by Garcia D’Avila, a clerk for the Portuguese crown. For reasons lost in the mists of history, Garcia...

Santarem

Since its founding in 1661, Santarém has ridden the crest of many an economic wave. First wood, then rubber, and more recently minerals have...

Caxambu

A 19th-century town once frequented by Brazilian royalty, Caxambu remains a favorite getaway for wealthy and retired cariocas (residents of...

Santana de Parnaiba

With more than 200 preserved houses from the 18th and 19th centuries, Santana de Parnaíba is considered the "Ouro Preto from São Paulo"—a town...

Blumenau

The cradle of the prosperous Vale do Itajaí region, Blumenau is a pleasant city of more than 300,000, with clean streets and friendly people...

São Lourenço

This most modern of the mineral-spa towns is a good base from which to visit the other Circuito das Águas communities. From here taxis and tour...

Parque Nacional dos Aparados da Serra

Straddling the border between Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina, the Parque Nacional dos Aparados da Serra and the Parque Nacional da Serra...

Ubatuba

Many of the more than 70 beaches around Ubatuba are more than beautiful enough to merit the long drive from São Paulo. Young people, surfers...

Arraial d'Ajuda

This town was founded by Jesuits that arrived in 1549 with the Portuguese official Tomé de Souza, the first governor-general of Brazil. Its...

Mariana

The oldest city in Minas Gerais (founded in 1696) is also the birthplace of Aleijadinho's favorite painter, Manuel da Costa Ataíde. Its three...

Parque Nacional Chapada Diamantina

The Chapada Diamantina (Diamond Highlands) in Central Bahia was once famous for its precious gems, but it’s now recognized as one of the country...

Niteroi

Cariocas joke that the best thing about Niterói is the view—on a clear day you can see Rio de Janeiro with the Corcovado and Sugarloaf across...

Ilheus

In Brazil, Ilhéus (literally meaning "islanders") is synonymous with cocoa and Jorge Amado, one of Brazil’s best-known 20th-century writers...

Torres

The beaches around the city of Torres are Rio Grande do Sul's most exciting. The sophistication of the seaside areas attracts international...

Águas de São Pedro

Although Águas de São Pedro is one of the smallest cities in Brazil, at a mere 3.9 square km (1.5 square miles), its sulfurous waters made it...

Cachoeira

This riverside colonial town dates from the 16th and 17th centuries, when sugarcane was the economy’s mainstay. It has been designated a national...

São Tome das Letras

With its tales of flying saucers, its eerie stone houses that resemble architecture from outer space, and its 7,500 inhabitants who swear to...

São Miguel das Missões

Of seven large missions in the area dating from the late 1600s to mid-1700s, São Miguel is the best preserved and the only one that has tourism...

Governador Celso Ramos

Just across the water from Florianópolis, this charming stretch of coastline is dotted with fishing villages still stuck in the past and quaint...

Parque Nacional Serra do Cipo

...

Sabara

The grandeur of Sabará's baroque churches, their interiors rich with gold-leaf paneling, makes clear how enormously wealthy Minas Gerais was...

Caruaru

Caruaru and its crafts center, Alto do Moura (6 km/4 miles south of Caruaru), became famous in the 1960s and '70s for clay figurines made by...

Miranda

This tiny settlement on the Miranda River grew into a city after the construction of the railway linking São Paulo to Corumbá and on to Bolivia...

Porto Belo

The seafront town of Porto Belo lies at the base of a peninsula dotted with beaches, bays, and coves, and it has a great reputation among Argentine...

Salinopolis

Commonly known as Salinas, this old salt port on the Atlantic coast is loaded with beaches. It lies south of the mouth of the Amazon River...

Canela

Gramado's "smaller sister" is quieter and more low-profile. Brazilians immediately associate this city with the beautiful Caracol Waterfall...

Parque Natural do Caraça

One of the most worthwhile parks to visit in Minas is the Parque Natural do Caraça. It includes more than 200 species of orchids and animals...

Ilha do Mosqueiro

Most Belém residents head for one of 18 beaches on Mosqueiro Island, along the Rio Pará. Mosqueiro is easily accessible by car or intermunicipal...

Pocone

The hotels here are some of the closest to the Pantanal wetlands. There are many well-trained guides in town, who have lived here all their...

Monte Alegre

Wedged on a hillside between fertile Amazon wetlands and cerrado (dry scrub forest), the Monte Alegre area has long been a preferred site...

Praia Outeiro

...

Parque Nacional da Serra da Canastra

The mesmerizing waterfalls, lakes, and bouncing roads make Serra da Canastra a top spot for adventure seekers. The access to the park has been...

Praia do Espelho

One of the region's most idolized spots and a regular winner of Brazil’s best beach, Praia do Espelho is reached from Trancoso through fields...

Morro de São Paulo

Eternally popular among travelers seeking fun in the sun, Morro de São Paulo is the largest village on the Ilha de Tinharé, where thick Atlantic...

Goias Velho

...

Pirenopolis

...

Garopaba

...

Nova Friburgo

...

Brotas

...

Alto Paraiso de Goias

...

Presidente Figueiredo

One of the Amazon's best-kept secrets is a two-hour drive north of Manaus. The town of Presidente Figueiredo (founded 1981) has dozens of waterfalls...

Rio de Janeiro

Welcome to the Cidade Maravilhosa, or the Marvelous City, as Rio is known in Brazil. Synonymous with the girl from Ipanema, the dramatic views...

São Paulo

A sprawling, high-rise megacity, São Paulo might not have Rio's beaches and sultry good looks, but for urban explorers, it's a thoroughly rewarding...

Salvador

According to Salvador’s adopted son Jorge Amado, "In Salvador, magic becomes part of the everyday." From the shimmering golden light of sunset...

Brasilia

The idea of moving Brazil's capital to the interior dates from the early days of the country's independence, but it wasn't until 1955 that the...

Belo Horizonte

The Cidade de Minas (city of Minas), now Belo Horizonte, was established in 1897, when Ouro Preto, because of its mountainous geography, could...

Recife

This vibrant metropolis has a spirit that's halfway between that of the modern cities of Brazil's South and of the traditional northeastern...

Manaus

The capital of Amazonas State, Manaus is the Amazon's most popular tourist destination, largely because of the many jungle lodges in the surrounding...

Porto Alegre

Porto Alegre's hallmark is the hospitality of its people, a trait that has been acknowledged over and over by visitors, earning it the nickname...

Fortaleza

Called the "City of Light," Fortaleza claims that the sun shines on it 2,800 hours a year. And it's a good thing, too, as the coastline stretches...

Ouro Preto

The former gold-rush capital is the best place to see the legendary sculptor Aleijadinho's artistry. Now a lively university town, it's been...

Belem

The capital of Pará State, Belém is a river port of around 1.4 million people on the south bank of the Rio Guamá. The Portuguese settled here...

Curitiba

Curitiba is on the Paraná Plateau, at an elevation of 2,800 feet. It owes its name to the Paraná pinecones, which were called kur-ity-ba by...

Florianopolis

The nickname "Magic Island" is an appropriate moniker for Florianópolis (officially called Ilha de Santa Catarina, but known to most as Florianópolis...

Buzios

Around two hours from Rio de Janeiro, Búzios is a string of beautiful beaches on an 8-km-long (5-mile-long) peninsula. It was the quintessential...

Natal

Natal has been growing by leaps and bounds over the past decade. The capital of Rio Grande do Norte has become an important industrial center...

Paraty

This stunning colonial city—also spelled Parati—is one of South America's gems and a must-visit if you have a few days to spare during a visit...

Cuiaba

The northern gateway to the Pantanal wetlands, Cuiabá is also the southernmost gateway to the cerrado and the Amazon beyond. While you're waiting...

Ilhabela

Ilhabela is favored by those who like beach and water sports; indeed, many sailing competitions are held here as well as scuba diving. This...

Campo Grande

Campo Grande is the gateway to the southern Pantanal and to the water sports–rich areas around Bonito. Nicknamed the Cidade Morena (Brunette...

The Marau Peninsula

In the native Indian Tupi Guarani language, Maraú means the "sun's light at daybreak," likely an homage to the dazzling light that governs the...

Campos do Jordão

In the Serra da Mantiqueira at an altitude of 5,525 feet, Campos do Jordão and its fresh mountain air are paulistanos’ favorite winter attractions...

Bonito

The hills around this small town of 15,000, whose name rightly means "beautiful," are on the southern edge of the Pantanal, not too far from...

Tiradentes

Probably the best historic city to visit after Ouro Preto and Diamantina, Tiradentes was the birthplace of a martyr who gave the city its name...

Lençois

In a region of outstanding natural beauty, the small town of Lençóis was once known as the Diamond Capital thanks to the frenzy that took hold...

Petropolis

The highway northeast of Rio de Janeiro rumbles past forests and waterfalls en route to a mountain town so refreshing and picturesque that Dom...

Macapa

Macapá is on the north channel of the Amazon Delta and, like Belém, was built by the Portuguese as an outpost. Today it's the capital of and...

Praia do Rosa

Once a simple fishing hamlet, Praia do Rosa is one of the most beautiful beaches in the South, with a winning combination of good surf, stunning...

Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande, 90 minutes via ferry from Angra dos Reis, is one of the most popular island destinations in Brazil. It boasts 86 idyllic beaches...

São Sebastião

São Sebastião stretches along 100 km (62 miles) of the North Shore. Its bays, islands, and beaches attract everyone from the youngsters who...

Olinda

The name of Pernambuco State's original capital means "beautiful," and this must have been what came to mind when the first Europeans stood...

Embu

Founded in 1554, Embu, or Embu das Artes, is a tiny Portuguese colonial town of whitewashed houses, old churches, wood-carvers’ studios, and...

Alter do Chão

Dubbed the "Carribean of the Amazon" because of its crystalline waters, white-sand beaches, and laid-back vibe, Alter do Chão is a relaxing...

Ilha do Marajo

With an area of roughly 49,600 square km (18,900 square miles), Ilha do Marajó is reputedly the world's largest river island. Its relatively...

Cabo Frio

Nicknamed the "Caribbean of Brazil" in honor of its translucent white sands and crystal clear warm waters, Arraial do Cabo is a favorite destination...

Trancoso

One of Bahia's most picturesque beach towns, Trancoso was founded by Jesuit missionaries in 1586 and orginally named St. John Baptist of the...

Vale dos Vinhedos

The Serra Gaúcha—the mountainous region of Rio Grande do Sul—produces 90% of Brazilian wine. Grapevines grow throughout the hilly terrain, but...

Balneario Camboriu

At a glance, the beachside city of Balneário Camboriú could be straight out of the Jetsons, with its futuristic skyline of tall, thin buildings...

Boipeba

With few direct transport links, Boipeba’s pristine white sand, turquoise waters, and virgin forests have remained something of a Robinson Crusoe...

Praia da Pipa

Praia da Pipa was a small fishing village until it was "discovered" by surfers in the '70s. Word of its beauty spread, and it's now one of the...

Diamantina

Diamantina took its name from the diamonds that were extracted in great quantities here in the 18th century. Perhaps because of its remote setting...

Gramado

No doubt it was Gramado's mild mountain climate that attracted German settlers to the area in the late 1800s. They left a legacy of German-style...

Iguaçu Falls

The construction of the Itaipú Dam (now the world's second largest) in 1975 transformed Foz do Iguaçu into a bustling city with seven times...

Jericoacoara

It could be the sand dunes, some more than 30 meters (100 feet) tall; it could be the expanse of ocean that puts no limits on how far your eyes...

Parque Nacional Chapada dos Guimarães

The Chapada dos Guimarães is one of the best places to get a taste of the unique landscape of the cerrado, the endless Brazilian savanna which...

Fernando de Noronha

This stunning archipelago is widely recognized as one of Brazil's crown jewels. The 16 beaches are incomparably beautiful, and the brilliant...

Serra Negra

At 4,265 feet above sea level in the Serra da Mantiqueira, Serra Negra attracts hordes of paulistanos and cruising motorbike fans looking for...

Santos

The biggest city on the São Paulo coast, Santos is the home of the largest container port in South America. At the turn of the 20th century...

Paranagua

Most of Brazil's coffee and soybeans are shipped out of Paranaguá, the nation's second-largest port, which also serves as chief port for landlocked...

Porto Seguro

Not too long ago, Porto Seguro (Safe Harbor) was a serene fishing village. Now it’s one of the prime tourist destinations in the country for...

Angra dos Reis

Angra dos Reis (Bay of Kings) has it all: colonial architecture, beautiful beaches, and clear green waters. Schooners, yachts, and fishing skiffs...

Santana de Parnaiba

With more than 200 preserved houses from the 18th and 19th centuries, Santana de Parnaíba is considered the "Ouro Preto from São Paulo"—a town...

Praia do Forte

Praia do Forte was first settled in 1549 by Garcia D’Avila, a clerk for the Portuguese crown. For reasons lost in the mists of history, Garcia...

Santarem

Since its founding in 1661, Santarém has ridden the crest of many an economic wave. First wood, then rubber, and more recently minerals have...

Caxambu

A 19th-century town once frequented by Brazilian royalty, Caxambu remains a favorite getaway for wealthy and retired cariocas (residents of...

Ubatuba

Many of the more than 70 beaches around Ubatuba are more than beautiful enough to merit the long drive from São Paulo. Young people, surfers...

São Lourenço

This most modern of the mineral-spa towns is a good base from which to visit the other Circuito das Águas communities. From here taxis and tour...

Arraial d'Ajuda

This town was founded by Jesuits that arrived in 1549 with the Portuguese official Tomé de Souza, the first governor-general of Brazil. Its...

Blumenau

The cradle of the prosperous Vale do Itajaí region, Blumenau is a pleasant city of more than 300,000, with clean streets and friendly people...

Ilheus

In Brazil, Ilhéus (literally meaning "islanders") is synonymous with cocoa and Jorge Amado, one of Brazil’s best-known 20th-century writers...

Águas de São Pedro

Although Águas de São Pedro is one of the smallest cities in Brazil, at a mere 3.9 square km (1.5 square miles), its sulfurous waters made it...

Niteroi

Cariocas joke that the best thing about Niterói is the view—on a clear day you can see Rio de Janeiro with the Corcovado and Sugarloaf across...

Mariana

The oldest city in Minas Gerais (founded in 1696) is also the birthplace of Aleijadinho's favorite painter, Manuel da Costa Ataíde. Its three...

Torres

The beaches around the city of Torres are Rio Grande do Sul's most exciting. The sophistication of the seaside areas attracts international...

Cachoeira

This riverside colonial town dates from the 16th and 17th centuries, when sugarcane was the economy’s mainstay. It has been designated a national...

Governador Celso Ramos

Just across the water from Florianópolis, this charming stretch of coastline is dotted with fishing villages still stuck in the past and quaint...

São Tome das Letras

With its tales of flying saucers, its eerie stone houses that resemble architecture from outer space, and its 7,500 inhabitants who swear to...

São Miguel das Missões

Of seven large missions in the area dating from the late 1600s to mid-1700s, São Miguel is the best preserved and the only one that has tourism...

Sabara

The grandeur of Sabará's baroque churches, their interiors rich with gold-leaf paneling, makes clear how enormously wealthy Minas Gerais was...

Salinopolis

Commonly known as Salinas, this old salt port on the Atlantic coast is loaded with beaches. It lies south of the mouth of the Amazon River...

Canela

Gramado's "smaller sister" is quieter and more low-profile. Brazilians immediately associate this city with the beautiful Caracol Waterfall...

Porto Belo

The seafront town of Porto Belo lies at the base of a peninsula dotted with beaches, bays, and coves, and it has a great reputation among Argentine...

Caruaru

Caruaru and its crafts center, Alto do Moura (6 km/4 miles south of Caruaru), became famous in the 1960s and '70s for clay figurines made by...

Miranda

This tiny settlement on the Miranda River grew into a city after the construction of the railway linking São Paulo to Corumbá and on to Bolivia...

Ilha do Mosqueiro

Most Belém residents head for one of 18 beaches on Mosqueiro Island, along the Rio Pará. Mosqueiro is easily accessible by car or intermunicipal...

Praia do Espelho

One of the region's most idolized spots and a regular winner of Brazil’s best beach, Praia do Espelho is reached from Trancoso through fields...

Morro de São Paulo

Eternally popular among travelers seeking fun in the sun, Morro de São Paulo is the largest village on the Ilha de Tinharé, where thick Atlantic...

Praia Outeiro

...

Monte Alegre

Wedged on a hillside between fertile Amazon wetlands and cerrado (dry scrub forest), the Monte Alegre area has long been a preferred site...

Pocone

The hotels here are some of the closest to the Pantanal wetlands. There are many well-trained guides in town, who have lived here all their...

Pirenopolis

...

Goias Velho

...

Brotas

...

Presidente Figueiredo

One of the Amazon's best-kept secrets is a two-hour drive north of Manaus. The town of Presidente Figueiredo (founded 1981) has dozens of waterfalls...

Garopaba

...

Alto Paraiso de Goias

...

Nova Friburgo

...

The South

Too often overlooked by visitors to Brazil, the southern states of Paraná, Santa Catarina, and Rio Grande do Sul are a delightful surprise....

Salvador and the Bahia Coast

In "the land of happiness," as the state of Bahia is known, the sun shines almost every day. Its Atlantic Ocean shoreline runs for 900 kilometers...

The Northeast

Like the whole of Brazil, the Northeast is a place of contrasts. Churches, villas, and fortresses in Recife, Natal, and Fortaleza tell the tale...

Minas Gerais

Though it's far from the circuit of Brazil's most visited places, the state of Minas Gerais holds unforgettable historical, architectural, and...

The Amazon

Aerial photographs, films, and documentaries can give a sense of the Amazon's magnificence, but there is nothing like experiencing its majesty...

Brasilia and the West

Once a frontier region that was the preserve of gold explorers and colonial adventurers, the Center-West has been home to the country’s political...

Side Trips from Rio

Rio's frenetic pace can be as exhausting as it is exhilarating, so it's handy that the city is surrounded by idyllic beaches and peaceful historic...

Side Trips from São Paulo

São Paulo’s surroundings are perfect for all types of getaways with the peaks of the Serra da Mantiqueira inland and the area's finest beaches...

North Coast Beaches

To reach some of Bahia’s more pristine and less crowded beaches, head north of Salvador on the Estrada do Coco (Coconut Road), leaving the baroque...

Vale Monumental do Ceara

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Parque Nacional dos Aparados da Serra

Straddling the border between Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina, the Parque Nacional dos Aparados da Serra and the Parque Nacional da Serra...

Parque Nacional Chapada Diamantina

The Chapada Diamantina (Diamond Highlands) in Central Bahia was once famous for its precious gems, but it’s now recognized as one of the country...

Parque Nacional Serra do Cipo

...

Parque Natural do Caraça

One of the most worthwhile parks to visit in Minas is the Parque Natural do Caraça. It includes more than 200 species of orchids and animals...

Parque Nacional da Serra da Canastra

The mesmerizing waterfalls, lakes, and bouncing roads make Serra da Canastra a top spot for adventure seekers. The access to the park has been...

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