The options for Brazil tours are many. From must see cities to natural wonder, isolated beaches to historic treasures, Brazil’s diverse attractions are part of its appeal to many types of travelers. Indeed, Brazil is the type of country that one returns to again and again, first because its destinations are endless, and second, because the country is addictively warm and welcoming. In the following, we highlight some Brazil tours that you definitely have on your list as you start planning your vacation.
RIO DE JANEIRO
The classic city of Rio de Janeiro has a special place in South America travel. The energy of the carioca city is absolutely captivating and serves as a great introduction to the Brazilian spirit. You’ll quickly see that this is quite varied, like that of any big city. The iconic coastline of Rio de Janeiro is probably at the top of the list of the city’s attraction. The best views are had from Corcovado Mountain and its summit hosts the Christ the Redeemer statue. Sugarloaf Mountain is another must do, and this leads to the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, where you’ll be sharing beaches with the famously beautiful and bikini-clad Brazilians. However, Rio is also much more than these classic sites, and you should definitely spend at least a week or more to get to know the city’s other features.
Adventure travelers will immediately be drawn to the opportunity to explore the Amazon Basin, including the river and rainforest that are so important in the cultural imaginary. Manaus is a huge city in the middle of the Amazon, with a size that is almost incongruous given its remote location. However, the Amazon is Brazil’s – indeed, the world’s – biggest natural resource and Manaus historically has served to take advantage of this. From Manaus you can take a tour to the Meeting of the Water, where two huge rivers, one colored black and the other brown, meet and flow together without mixing but eventually forming the mighty Amazon River. For a deep jungle adventure, hop on a boat and head to a remote jungle lodge, where you can do things like laze in a hammock or go fishing for piranhas.
Iguazu is another of Brazil’s natural wonders, offering an entirely different set of impressive sights that, together with the Amazon, firmly establish Brazil’s credentials as a destination for nature and adventure. This waterfall system is one of the biggest in the world and the best views can be obtained from the Brazil side. But for an up close encounter with the falls system, including trails and bridges over rivers and through waterfalls, cross over to the Argentina side. Both of the towns in each country – Foz do Iguacu in Brazil and Puerto Iguazu in Argentina – have an excellent selection of hotels and a full range of amenities to make travelers happy.
Other cities for Brazil travel include energetic Sao Paulo, vibrant Salvador de Bahia, and hip Florianopolis. Nature lovers should check out the Pantanal (the large wetlands as well as the city of Bonito) and the island archipelago of Fernando do Noronha for snorkeling scuba diving. For a touch of history and old Brazilian culture, go to Paraty, Recife and Olinda, and Ouro Preto for history. Two more recommended sites are Buzios for romantic honeymoons and Ilha Grande to get away from it all.