Brazil

Travel Guide
Sugar Loaf Mountain featuring a sunset and mountains

Unrivalled natural scenery, countless beaches and an irresistible party atmosphere make this one of South America’s most picturesque and exciting countries.

Brazil truly has an individual flair in South America. Discover unmistakably Brazilian flamboyance and color in the enormous country’s scenery, wildlife, cities and carnivals. Observe colonial heritage in the only South American country to be colonized by the Portuguese. Secluded islands and white sandy beaches await exploration on 4,655 miles (7,491 kilometers) of Atlantic coast.

Experience the infectious energy of Rio de Janeiro, home to Sugar Loaf Mountain, Ipanema and Copacabana. Explore the sand dunes of Natal and the Afro-Brazilian culture of Salvador. Surf on the beaches of Florianopolis or wander the streets of Paraty, a beautifully preserved colonial town. Discover surfing, canoeing and snorkeling spots on picturesque islands, such as Fernando de Noronha, Ilha Catimbau and Ilhe Grande. Go island hopping along the Costa Verde.

Natural attractions abound inland, too. Spot anaconda, caiman, jaguars and wild boar amid the wetlands and savannah of Pantanal Reserve. Join a trek or river cruise through the jungles and rainforests of the Amazon. Discover waterfalls, river beaches, caves and remarkable rock formations while hiking in Chapada Diamantina National Park and Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park. Marvel at the majestic Iguaçu Falls, 275 individual waterfalls that span the Argentine border.

Visit São Paulo, a fast-paced city famous for its art galleries, markets and nightlife. Check out the purpose-built capital Brasilia and the traditional bars, or “botecos”, of Belo Horizonte. Alternatively, unwind in the parks of eco-friendly Curitiba.

Don’t miss the chance to discover the fun-loving character of Brazilians and their extravagant festivals, including Carnival, just over a month before Easter, and Réveillon (New Year). Join the wild crowds in Rio de Janeiro or experience local carnival style in Olinda and Recife.

Traveling around South America’s largest country takes time and many visitors choose to focus on specific regions. Getting around is made easier by budget airlines and a large network of reliable intercity buses. Wherever you decide to go you’ll uncover a fascinating mix of colors, cultures, rhythms and landscapes.

Popular cities in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro which includes general coastal views, a sunset and mountains
Rio de Janeiro
Known for Beach view, Sea and Scenery
Celebrate Brazilian culture in the city where the samba was born and enjoy the stunning natural wonders right at its doorstep.

Reasons to visit

  • Museum of Tomorrow
  • Copacabana Beach
  • Ipanema Beach
Salvador featuring an administrative buidling, a sunset and outdoor eating
Salvador
Known for Beach view, Museums and Live music
This energetic coastal city has a grandiose old town, superb art museums, pristine beaches and glitzy festivals, which celebrate its Afro-Brazilian roots.

Reasons to visit

  • Mercado Modelo
  • São Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador
Campinas which includes street scenes and heritage elements as well as a small group of people
Campinas
Known for Churches, Cathedrals and Cultural activities
This ambitious city is blessed with a multifaceted past, a dynamic cultural present and a number of lovely outdoor spaces.

Reasons to visit

  • Castle Tower
Vitoria
Vitoria
Known for Marinas, Forests and UNESCO site
Explore Vitoria: its marina, forests, UNESCO site, and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Costa Beach
Bank of Brazil Cultural Center showing heritage architecture and street scenes as well as a large group of people
Sao Paulo
Known for Museums, Art and Cultural activities
Experience the diversity of this megacity’s cultural offerings, visit religious buildings or practice Portuguese with locals in nightclubs or shady parks.
Tamandare which includes tropical scenes, a beach and general coastal views
Recife
Known for Beach view, Cultural activities and Museums
Admire the fading grander of a historic old town and then explore sweeping beaches in the capital of Brazil’s Pernambuco state.

Popular places to visit in Brazil

Brazil