Get the best of Brazil, encapsulated in ten noteworthy attractions
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If you’re dumbfounded about choosing your next dream getaway, let us make the decision easier for you. It was recently announced by the Brazilian president that Indians no longer require a tourist visa to visit Brazil. So book those tickets and pack some bags, because the brimming country of rainforests, idyllic beaches and captivating landscapes await you (minus the cumbersome visa requirements).
We break down the 10 must-visit destinations in Brazil that you need to tick off on your trip. Click through our gallery for the best cultural hotspots, historic attractions and adventures galore – this guide will give you the best-of-the-best experiences this country has to offer.
Christ the Redeemer
Located in Rio de Janeiro, Christ the Redeemer is the incredible art deco statue which is undoubtedly an incomparable tourist destination. The colossal iconic symbol of Christianity makes for a breath-taking view, and the journey is just as exhilarating. Ride the historic, almost hundred-year-old, Corcovado's Railway to make your way to the statue and marvel at the sights of Rio de Janeiro from the very top.
Stretching up to 82m in height and 2.7km in width, Brazil’s remarkable Iguazu Falls is far bigger than the widely known Niagara Falls. A riveting spectacle, its sheer size and splendour will leave you in awe. Take a cruise to get close to the spectacular falls, but bring a poncho or your best water-proof ensemble along because you will get completely soaked at the end!
Rio Carnival is the biggest party in the world and you’re invited. Running from February 21 - 25, the city’s streets are an explosion of colour, music and costume extravaganza. The celebrations are led by vans blaring samba music that will persuade even the shyest of dancers to let their inner performer out. Don’t miss out on going to The Sambódromo, a massive open-air space that hosts the most amazing parade, surrounded by thousands of spectators dancing, singing and joining in on the revelry.
Take a walk (perhaps a boat ride) on the wild side, that is the Amazon Rainforest. Having an unmatched exotic flora and fauna, it will be an understatement to say that it's impossible to leave Brazil without exploring this beauty. Visit the town of Manaus, gateway to the Amazon and embark on an exciting boat ride that will take you through intricate waterways and astounding plant life. Check into any of the numerous jungle lodges on hand to experience at the Amazon at its best.
São Paulo Museum of Art
Art appreciators should chalk out an afternoon to gaze at the finest collection of paintings, sculptures and photography which is housed by São Paulo Museum of Art. Including work from the likes of legends such as Monet and Picasso, it is well worth the visit. With a contemporary architectural structure and fiery red appearance, it's hard to miss out on the most renowned art museum in Brazil.
Brazil’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ouro Preto’s cobbled streets, old-world charm and historic facades are just a few of the exemplary reasons to visit this picturesque town. You will be snapping its impressive well-preserved baroque architecture constantly for that #braziltraveldiary. Don't forget to head to Basílica Nossa Senhora do Pilar, the glorious church in Ouro Preto adorned with glorious gold-plated interiors.
Lençóis Maranhenses National Park
One of the most spectacular landscapes you will ever see, Lençóis Maranhenses comprises of a vast area of desert dunes that collect water during the rainy season. The outcome? Unbelievably blue lakes and blindingly dazzling white sand. Miles and miles of this natural wonder is a unique phenomenon you won’t find anywhere else. Pack your hat, put on some sunscreen and a whole lot of exploratory attitude to the test.
Pão de Açúcar
A journey to Pão de Açúcar aka Sugarloaf mountain is a must, simply because the panoramic views of the city of Rio are a feast for the eyes. This 600-million-year-old peak can be accessed through a cable ride that offers sensational views of its own. Adrenaline junkies can opt for the hiking route to the summit, with the trail being nothing less than thrilling as you spot monkeys, butterflies and other tropical companions.
These are the 215 famous artsy steps designed by Jorge Selarón, as a tribute to his city of Rio de Janeiro. Covered in over 2000 pieces of mosaic, tiles and mirrors from around the world—it's a colourful masterpiece that will make for a killer picture for the gram. The vibrant gem is truly a landmark for the Brazilians and a creative source of inspiration for anyone who visits it.
Gruta Do Lago Azul
Also known as the Blue Lake Grotto, Gruta Do Lago Azul is a huge cave filled with crystal-clear, immensely blue water, the kind you see in Photoshop, only this time it isn’t virtual at all. A preserved beauty, the cavern’s water shimmers in the sunlight, making for a stunning sight that your phone’s camera wouldn’t do any justice to.