of whether this is your first visit to Brazil, or your
one hundredth, the fact is that Brazil offers so many
different things for the tourist to do and see there is
neither a best time nor a best place! So, to try and help
you plan your Brazil holiday around some of Brazil's spectacular
sights and wonders, here are the "Top 10 Things To Do
When In Brazil" (in no particular order of preference):
Amazonia National Park
Covering an impressive 7 of Brazil's 27 states, "The Green
Inferno" covers almost 40 per cent of Brazil's total landmass.
Although parts of the Amazon cover countries bordering
Brazil (notably Bolivia, Colombia, Guiana and Peru), it
is to Brazil that most tourist come if they want to take
in the splendors of this most magnificent natural wonder.
Things to do in the Amazon include bird watching, trekking/hiking,
climbing and taking boat journeys along the river. Without
doubt, a tour to Brazil is incomplete without a trip to
Falls or Iguacu Falls
Sometimes described as being one of the 7 natural Wonders
of the World; in fact, Iguassu Falls are neither the widest
waterfall in the world, nor are they the tallest. However,
what it lacks in width and height it makes up for elsewhere.
On the Parana River, the falls act as a natural border
to the countries of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay and
compose of 275 cataracts in total. Best time of year to
see the Iguacu Falls is between October and December and
as this is such a magnificent sight, it is highly recommended
that you make arrangements to stay at least one night
here before moving on to your next destination!
Rio de Janeiro
The word exotic sums up Rio! But, Rio is also chaotic,
sophisticated, open, friendly, busy and relaxed. It's
literally is everything rolled up into one! Most people
see Rio as sun, sea, and surf. Whilst Rio is all of these,
it is also much more. As Brazil second most populous city
(after Sao Paulo), Rio is also highly regarded as being
the educational and cultural center of Brazil - with both
some of Brazil's leading universities and some of the
most delightful museums and art galleries.
And, of course, there's always Carnival and samba time
Considered one of the world's great wildlife reserves,
any tour to the Pantanal needs to be carefully planned
as the area is not ideally suited to the tourist - with
little infrastructure in place. However, don't let this
stop you from making arrangements to visit the Pantanal
as this is truly a splendid place. Fishermen will also
be attracted to the Pantanal as it has some of the best
fishing in South America. But, it is for the birds that
most visitors come to the Pantanal and bird watching here
is truly amazing!
Formerly Brazil's colonial capital city, the city of Salvador
is located on the Bay of All Saints. Visitors to this
wonderful city can revel in walking the narrow cobblestone
streets that have changed little since the days when the
city served as the slave center of Brazil.
Visitors to Salvador are also strongly encouraged to
take a visit to the Igreja de Sao Francisco. The interior
of this otherwise unremarkable church is covered in gold
leaf. Not too far away from the church is the Farol de
Barra, a 16th Century fortified lighthouse overlooking
the second biggest bay in Brazil!
However, visitors to Brazil looking to see some of Brazil's
colonial past are strongly advised to make the journey
to Salvador, where they'll be enthralled with 17th century
antiques on display at the Museu de Arte da Bahia and
Museu de Arte Sacra.
There is one word that sums up Sao Paulo - "BIG"! The
city is not only the most populous in all Brazil, but
as the commercial center of Brazil it also contains some
of the biggest skyscrapers in the country. However, visitors
to Sao Paulo should not be mistaken into believing that
Sao Paulo is all work and no play, once the sun has set
Sao Paulo likes to party at some of the trendiest pubs
and clubs in all of Brazil - some argue that Sao Paulo's
clubs are more in-tune with western and modern styles
Brasilia was constructed by the country's leading architects,
Oscar Niemeyer and Lucio Costa, in the 1950s to replace
Rio as Brazil's capital city - which it did in 1960. That,
however, doesn't mean the city's design has been well
thought-out - it hasn't! To be fair, Brasilia was intended
as the administrative capital of Brazil, a function it
serves well to this day. However, the city's planners
had not taken into consideration any private enterprise
existing in Brasilia. Consequently all of the architects"
good intentions went out of the window and the city is
little more than a sprawling mess of modern building design.
As such a new city, the city also lacks from having any
real claim to heritage. All in all then, Brasilia is certainly
worth a visit if you have the time, but if your time is
restricted, go to all the other places first!
Located right in heart of the Amazonian Basin, Manaus
is a popular destination for tourists looking for excursions
into the exotic heartland of the Amazon. However, what
was once considered to be one of the greatest wilderness
outposts in the world is, as a result of years of over
construction, no longer able to claim this title.
Nonetheless, Manaus does offer two great attractions to
its tourist visitors. The first is obviously the chance
to travel further into the Amazon Basin, the second is
the chance to see some of the world's largest sea-going
ships come to port some one thousand miles inland, where
they load and unload their wares (which are then taken,
or brought from, further inside the Amazon!).
Located on the Gold Coast of Brazil (northeastern Brazil),
Recife is a famous tourist destination for the package
tourist. Recife is also well known for the number of canals
and bridges that criss-cross this city. The city also
has a number of good museums and churches. However, no
visit to Recife is complete without a visit to the town's
old prison - to make your visit there more interesting,
it's now a shopping complex!
Named after Louis XIII (of France), Sao Luis is considered
one of Brazil's most beautiful cities. The city's architecture
is very colonial - it was founded by a French pirate -with
magnificent churches and palaces. Sao Luis is nothing
short of charming and delightful fusion of all the cultures
of Brazil - African, indigenous and Portuguese. This beautiful
little town is well worth going out of your way to visit.