As the largest country in South America, Brazil naturally offers a lot of sights to see. No matter what you are looking for – culture, parties, landscapes – Brazil surely has something for everybody.
With a lot of tourist spots to visit, you might get overwhelmed at how you can all fit them in your schedule.
Here is a big tip. Dont try to see them all because you wont be able to experience life in Brazil. Just pick a few places and then try to spend time travelling among the people and the surroundings. With that said, here are the best four places to visit while in Brazil (and no, not all of them are in Rio de Janeiro).
Go around the Amazon River
Exploring the Amazon should always be a part of any tourist itinerary. In fact, the Amazon alone houses a lot of surprises from flora to fauna. You can choose the kind of boat you want to ride in, but the smaller ones are usually capable of going deep into the Amazon forest.
If you want to make your Amazon River experience different, you can try booking a room at the Ariau Towers. This boutique hotel is one of the oldest in Brazil, but it never fails when it comes to luxury. It has 6 towers that have at least 250 rooms and guests can only access the area by a riverboat. Talk about living the Tarzan life!
Go back in time at Ouro Preto
Ouro Preto is one of Brazils most beautiful old towns. The town takes you back to the 17th-century colonial era with the cobbled roads and colorful houses beside each other. It has 23 churches all over and if you want to have a good view of the place, you can climb up the valley at the northernmost part of town. Ouro Preto has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since and its such a calming place to visit if youre looking for a more nostalgic experience.
Go partying in Rio de Janeiro
There is no doubt that Rio de Janeiro is one of the cities that hosts wild and colorful parties. If you want to party like crazy, visit the place during Carnival. There are colorful processions and floats, dances in the streets, and locals and tourists alike having fun. If you want to blend with the locals during this time, you can take samba classes around Rio.
Go on a trail towards Christ the Redeemer
Its one thing to visit the Christ the Redeemer, but its a whole different experience if you take the Corcovado Rack Railway. This railway is the trail youll follow so you can reach the peak of Corcovado where youll find the Christ the Redeemer Statue.
The Corcovado mountain is also called a hunchback because its slope resembles that of a hunch on one side. Its around 2,329 feet and the whole trail going to the statue takes at least 20 minutes.
There are many sites to see in Brazil, but if you are visiting for just a limited time, then you might as well pick destinations that hit two birds with one stone. At the same time, a short visit is not an excuse to see and experience less in Brazil.