Top 10 Places to See in Brazil

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The Brazilian Team at trivago has selected their top 10 favorite places in Brazil in honor of our #trivagoSendMeToBrazil promotion.  To enter to win the trip, follow and tweet us on twitter why you want to go to Brazil with the hashtag #trivagoSendMeToBrazil.

1. Sugar Loaf in Rio de JaneiroThe 396 meter (1,299 ft) peak is situated at the mouth of Guanabara Bay and offers sweeping panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Rio de Janeiro.  The name Sugar Loaf refers to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined sugar loaf.

1 Pão de Açucar (Sugar Loaf) © Eli Coory

Pão de Açucar (Sugar Loaf)

2.  Trancoso:  This former fishing village in the Brazilian state of Bahia is now a trendy hotspot for both locals and tourists.  Beautiful beaches, laid-back atmosphere, and an energetic party scene make Trancoso a paradise for those seeking a fun holiday.

Trancoso Beach

Trancoso Beach

 3. Lençóis Maranhenses National Park near Barreirinhas:  Spanning an area of 1500 square kilometers in northeastern Brazil,  Lençóis Maranhenses National Park is a unique combination of white sand dunes laced with bright turquoise waters.  Formed over thousands of years, this unique sandscape stretches about 40 kilometers inland.  Take a dip in the inviting waters – but only during the wet season from January – June.

Lencois Maranheses national park

Lençóis Maranhenses National Park

4. Paraty:  This gorgeous and well-preserved historical town is one of Brazil’s gems.  Located on the Coste Verde (Green Coast) between the Brazilian giants Rio and Sao Paolo, Paraty is small in size but large on culture, flavor and charm. With a natural backdrop of forested mountains, waterfalls, pristine beaches, and emerald-green waters, it is no wonder that vacationers flock here during the summer months.

Paraty

Paraty

5. Iguazu Falls:  Spanning the border between Argentina and Brazil, Iguazu Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At a height of 80 meters in some areas and width of 3 kilometers, the roar of the falls can be heard from afar.  Surrounding the falls is an impressive subtropical rainforest with over 2,000 species.

Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls

6. Porto de Galinhas Located 60 kilometers (37 mi) south of state capital Recife, Porto de Galinhas is one of Brazil’s most famous beaches. Glistening white sand beaches, inviting waters, sunny weather, and good infrastructure are all reasons why Porto de Galinhas is such a popular beach destination.

Beach in Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Beach in Porto de Galinhas

7. Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago of 21 marvelous islands in the Atlantic Ocean, 354 km (220 mi) offshore from the Brazilian coast.  Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Fernando de Noronha is listed as a Natural UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It encompasses a National Marine Park, a paradise for snorkeling and scuba diving enthusiasts.

Fernando de Noronha - Brasil

Fernando de Noronha

8. Olinda is a charming and picturesque historic city situated close to Recife on Brazil’s northeastern coast.  The city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its well-preserved 16th and 17th century buildings.  The artsy feel of the city stems from the number of cultural attractions, galleries, museums, and artisan workshops lining the streets.

Olinda

Olinda

9. Maragogi is a small beach town located on the northern coast of Alagoas state.  Its sandbars and reefs are a popular attraction, and the underwater scene is full of colorful sea life.  Many visitors visit the reserve on day trips from nearby Maceio, the capital and largest city of Algoas.

Maragogi

Maragogi

10.  Buzios is a pretty resort town situated on a peninsula in the state of Rio de Janeiro.  Made famous by Brigitte Bardot in the 1960’s, it is now one of Brazil’s most upscale and popular seaside towns.  The pristine beaches are the main attraction, and there are about twenty of these little pieces of heaven.

Praia de João Fernandes - Armação de Búzios

Armação de Búzios

 

Of course no list about Brazil would be complete without Copacabana.  This beach needs no introduction, as it is often referred to as the world’s most famous beach.  Stretching about five kilometers alongside the densely populated Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana has enough sand, sun, shopping, and entertainment to fulfill anyone’s wildest dreams!