Top 5 Tourist Attractions in Brazil

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Brazil is the largest country in South America and is a popular tourist destination due to its wonderful climate, great and varied topography and numerous attractions.  Here’s a guide to five of the best spots in the country.

Sugar Loaf Mountain
The Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio is located in the city of Rio de Janeiro around the mouth of Guanabara Bay and is a top destination for those on their holidays. The name was derived from the fact that its shape resembles traditional loaf sugar. The peak rises about 396 metres above sea level. Visitors can climb to the peak using cable cars where they can have a 360 degree view of the city. It’s also possible to enjoy watching rock climbers on this mountain and the surrounding mountains. The climbing area around these mountains forms one of the biggest urban climbing zones in the world.

Ilha Grande
Ilha Grande is a very beautiful and secluded island. Visitors to this island can enjoy lots of activities including snorkelling, fishing or just being soothed by the sea. Another fun excursion is taking boat rides around the island or to other bays that lie in the vicinity. There are many good restaurants on the island that offer fresh seafood and other delicacies – in fact it is such an idyllic place that many couples choose it for their honeymoon.  

Florianopolis is the capital city of Santa Catarina State in South Brazil. The greatest attraction of this island is its white sandy beaches. It is popular with wealthier Brazilians as a holiday destination. It is a popular water sports destination and kite surfing, scuba diving and snorkeling are all on offer. Florianopolis also has a number of historical attractions, with some fairly attractive colonial architecture on offer.

Bahia’s Beaches
The Northern beaches of Bahia are located in Bahia which is one of Brazil’s twenty six states and are fantastic location for anyone taking Brazil holidays. This state is located on the north eastern side of this country. It has numerous snow white sandy beaches that stretch for thousands of kilometres. These beaches and the surroundings offer peace and tranquillity to the visitors. There are also sand dunes, rustic fishing villages and coconut palms lining the coastline. Visitors can explore local heritage, surf, go snorkelling, jungle camping- in fact this part of Brazil is perfect for doing as little or as much as you like.

Iguazu Falls
Iguazu falls are considered to be one of the world’s natural great wonders. These falls are formed by River Iguazu and they divide it into the lower and the upper Iguazu. The sight is awesome, as huge waterfalls cascade over the cliffs forming a thick mist in the various canyons. Visitors can view them from numerous walkways or by taking boat rides. Helicopter trips are also available to those with the wallet to match and provide stunning aerial views. Jungle trails and bird hikes are also available in the national park that surrounds the falls.

Brazil is a great destination suitable for all types of tourists. Those who visit this country should especially make a point of visiting the above mentioned top 5 tourist attractions. The memories of a visit to these great attractions could last a lifetime.


Jonathan is a keen travel writer who has written frequently on subjects as diverse as Brazil holidays and the world’s best cocktails

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