The sunny days. The blue skies, white sand and clear ocean. The football, the volleyball, the footvolley. Copacabana, the Carnival, the Amazon. I wish that I was in Brazil right now, where the weather is warm and the people are warmer. But no, I’m stuck at home, winter and all.
However, those of you who are planning a Brazilian adventure or looking for your next vacation destination -you’re in luck. Our eyez are wide open and we’ve got you covered. Here is our list of must-see, must-be and must-do in the wonderful land of Brazil…
When I hear “Brazil”, the first thing that comes to mind are the beaches. And rightfully so. Brazil boasts some of the best coast-lines in the world, whether you’re looking for a party beach, packed with tourists and fun, or a secluded virgin beach, only you and the beautiful Mother Nature.
- Copacabana – Directly in the heart of Rio de Janeiro, this beach is one of the most famous in the world. Packed with tourists and locals alike, a beautiful boardwalk and a year-round festive mood, this destination should be on every tourist’s list.
- Morro de Sao Paulo – This beautiful town on the island of Tinhare has no cars. Heck, it barely even has electricity. This surreal sight, along with secluded beaches and chill atmosphere makes this island town a truly unique destination for all.
- Ipenama – Returning to Rio de Janeiro, Ipanema has become another one of the Brazilian and tourist hot-spots. White sand, clear-blue water, a boardwalk full of restaurants, cafes and shops, a little less tourists and a little more art and culture, this beach shows just how diverse the Rio coastline is. And it’s a must.
- Joaquina – The most popular of the 42(!) beaches along the Florianopolis coastline, Joaquina is heaven for surfers, party-people and fun-seekers.
The Natural Gems
Besides the gorgeous Brazilian coastline, Mother Nature was extremely kind to Brazil. This massive country has endless natural beauty, diversity and spectacular views. This list can literally go on forever, so I’ll give my top 3, to keep it short.
- The Amazon River – The second longest river in the world, the Amazon river is nearly 6400 km! Jump on a boat tour into the depths of the jungle, with nearly a million living species to keep you company! This natural wonder is perfect for adventure seekers and the curious mind.
- Bonito – For adventure seekers and nature lovers, this is a must. Caves that connect to the ocean. Snorkeling in some of the clearest waters on earth. Waterfalls and caverns. This place is one of the most unique natural beauties in Brazil.
- Lencois Maranhenses National Park – This Brazilian National Park is basically one big desert. What’s so interesting about that? Countless amounts of sand dunes, a scorching sun and no green in sight. Yep, it’s a desert alright. But, come here in July and you’ll see one of the most amazing things in the world. Heavy rains cause massive natural ponds between the sand dunes, with fish and all! These ponds and mini-lakes stick around for wet season and you definitely don’t want to miss this!
The Urban Musts
- Sao Paolo – The largest city in Brazil and one of the largest cities in the world, if you’re looking to soak up some of Brazil’s urban culture, this is the place for you. A melting pot full of different culutres, Sao Paolo is a concrete jungle that can hold it’s own even compared to the Amazon. And here’s a fun fact – the largest Japanese population outside of Japan is here, in Sao Paolo!
- Salavador – One of the oldest cities in South America, Salvador is the perfect mix of ancient beauty and modern fun. Home to a wonderful culture, some of the best surf beaches in Brazil and one of the biggest Carnival celebrations in the world, Salvador has a little something for everyone. The old houses and streets give a different vibe than modern cities, so don’t skip out on this destination!
- Rio de Janeiro – The city skyline with mountains in the background. The massive statue of Jesus, looking over the entire city. The beaches. The culture. The nightlife. The carnival. There’s a reason that Rio is the most visited city in South America. You simply can’t go to Brazil and not visit Rio. Not possible. This is where your Brazilian paradise starts…