Brazil

→ Home to Amazon Rainforest
→ Beautiful tropical beaches
→ Great carnival festivals

The main reasons you should visit Brazil are the Amazon Rainforest and Iguazu Falls and Christ the Redeemer, one of the seven world wonders.

Outdoor Activities Lover

Surfing, White water rafting, Kayaking Trekking/Hiking, Jungle safari, Sky diving, Sailing, Sea cruising, River cruising, Hang gliding, Paragliding, Rock climbing

Wildlife and Nature Lover

Beaches, National Parks, Forests, Scenic Landscapes

Art and Culture Lover

Architecture, Museums and Galleries:
Culture and Traditions:
Festivals and Events:

Recreation and Fun Lover

Amusement Parks:
Theme Parks:
Fun Parks:

Rio de Janeiro⇒ December-March
Amazon, Pantanal⇒ July-October

top destinations in Brazil

This is the list of top destinations in Brazil where you can have a lot of experience in one trip. This saves your time not only while surfing the internet for the top destinations to travel but also while traveling or exploring that particular location. And of course, this can save your money too.

RIO de JANEIRO

RIO de JANEIRO

  • An iconic landmark, Christ the Redeemer Statue
  • Famous mountains
  • Stunning beaches
  • Christ the Redeemer Statue
  • Sugarloaf and Corcovado mountains
  • Copacabana beach, Ipanema beach
  • Sightseeing, Visiting the Christ the Redeemer Statue 
  • Hang-gliding
  • Trekking
  • Enjoying in the Copacabana beach and Ipanema beach
  • Enjoy the nightlife in Lapa
  • Participate in the largest carnival festival

Salvador

Salvador

City of Carnival and Culture

  • The historic old city with lively culture and one of the world’s biggest street carnival
  • Home to beautiful beaches
  • Colorful colonial houses and cobblestoned streets
  • Street carnival
  • Popular beaches (Porto de Barra, Flamengo, Stella Maris)
  • Tour the old city
  • Experience the great carnival festival and vibrant culture
  • Swimming, sunbathing, surfing in the beaches

FERNANDO de NORONHA

FERNANDO de NORONHA

  • Volcanic archipelago with pristine beaches and rich wildlife
  • Islets and rocks of volcanic origin
  • Beautiful beaches
  • Variety of colorful fishes, sharks, stingrays, dolphins, sea turtles, and albatrosses
  • Relaxing on the beach
  • Swimming, diving
  • Sightseeing
  • Watching sea animals

Iguazu Falls

Natural Wonder

Iguazu Falls

  • World’s largest tropical rainforest with enormous biodiversity
  • Iguazu Falls
  • Forests and wildlife
  • Enjoy watching Iguazu waterfalls
  • Visit Parque das Aves, the bird park
  • Discover Itaipu Dam

MANAUS (Proximity to Amazon tropical rainforest)

MANAUS (Proximity to Amazon tropical rainforest)

  • Manaus is the gateway to Amazon rainforest, habitat for lush wildlife
  • Amazon Opera House
  • The Rio Negro Palace
  • The Meeting of the Waters (about 20 km southeast of Manaus)
  • Wildlife in the rainforest (Monkeys, Parrot, Caimans, Turtles, Toucans, Sloths to name only a few)
  • Boat trip from Manaus to Encontro das Aguas, meeting of the waters
  • Boat trip to the rainforest and enjoy wildlife viewing
  • Boat trip Janauari Ecological Park 

Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo

  • Famous for its skyscrapers, best collections of fine arts, robust culture and gastronomy
  • Architectural landmarks
  • The Museu de Arte
  • Ibirapuera Park
  • City Theater
  • Contemporary Art Museum
  • Museu Paulista
  • Sé, cathedral
  • Benedictine Monastery
  • Visit museums and art galleries 

top activities to do in Brazil

A valid passport (valid for 6 months beyond the length of stay) with return tickets or valid passport with a visa and a return ticket (depending on nationality) is required to enter Brazil.

Citizens from the EU can stay up to 90 days without a visa.

Nationals of other countries including the USA, Australia, and Canada are required to have a valid passport with a visa and return ticket. The validity of the visa is for 90 days.

There is no provision of an arrival visa. Depending on your nationality, you may acquire an extension of 90 days.

Check your visa requirements (depend on the nationality) for Brazil with the embassy/consulate near you before traveling.

Visa Cards and Mastercards are widely accepted. ATMs are available throughout the country. Traveler’s check is hard to exchange.

Since the major attractions are well scattered across Brazil, you should choose one based on where you want to go and what you want to see.

Domestic Flights:
Domestic flights are convenient and fast for traveling long distances.

Air Passes are available.

Metros/Railways:
Sao Paulo and Rio have got metro systems and underground trains provide services in major cities. Railways provide limited service in some scenic routes.

Buses/Trams/Coaches:
Brazil has got a good public transport system that is cheap too. In the case of time availability, buses are a fair option for traveling short distances. Major towns and cities are well connected by roads. City buses/coaches/trams are an affordable option in some cities as long as you are a familiar rider. Toll roads are also available.

Taxis/Cars:
Inside the city, you can get around on foot or by taxi. Hiring a car or picking up a taxi (registered/officially licensed) can be the best alternatives too. You can rent a bike too.

Boats/Ferries:
Boats/ferries also provide services in areas consisting coast/river (Amazon)

Travel Tips:
Most of Brazil’s attractions are free to visit while others require fees and permit.

Weather Tips:
You should be cautious about floods and landslides during the rainy season. It is a good practice to always check the latest weather updates before going to explore the regions. Do not ignore the suggestions given by local people and always follow the instructions given by local authorities. 

Health Tips:
It’s better to take precaution against malaria, Zika virus, hepatitis A, typhoid and yellow fever while traveling to some regions of Brazil. Although immunizations are not required while traveling to Brazil, it is advisable to update your standard vaccinations of mumps, measles, rubella, diphtheria, rabies, and tetanus. The WHO recommends vaccination against yellow fever (if you are traveling to Rio, Sao Paulo and some other regions of Brazil) and protect yourself from mosquito bites. 

It’s better to make full travel insurance including health insurance.

Others:
You should be aware of the petty crimes (from pickpockets, thieves, scammers, etc.) and serious/violent crimes (robberies, murder. etc.) taking place inside and outside the cities. You should take care of your travel documents, luggage, and other belongings, especially in public transports. Don’t walk alone at night and don’t walk through less traveled areas alone. Expensive hotels are far safer to stay.

our recommendations

Based on the places and experiences that you will never get in other countries i.e they are uniquely different from other countries, we tried to narrow down the lists in terms of ‘must-see’ places.

Must-visit destinations in Brazil:

If you are a beach lover:

  1. Recife
  2. Salvador
  3. Rio de Janeiro
  4. Fernando de Noronha

If you are an outdoor adventure lover:

  1.  

If you are architecture and history lover:

  1. Brasilia
  2. Salvador

If you are a nature lover:

  1. Iguazu Falls
  2. Rio de Janeiro
  3. Amazon Rainforest
  4. Fernando de Noronha

If you are museums, galleries and culture lover:

               For Art, Museums and Galleries:

  1. Sao Paulo

              For Cultures and Traditions:     

  1. Sao Paulo
  2. Salvador
  3. Olinda

   

From the above list, you can see that Salvador overlaps in three categories, whereas Rio de Janeiro and Fernando de Janeiro overlap in two categories. You can make your trip worthy by planning an itinerary according to your priorities and make much out of it by having a lot of experiences in your single trip without having your time and money wasted in traveling and just covering distances in-between.

Our Pick:  Since Brazil is mostly about Amazon rainforest, iconic landmarks, beaches, and waterfalls our first pick would be Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls and Manaus (gateway to Amazon rainforest)

Follow these itineraries ideas (below): If you want to make most out of your trip; if you want to have a lot of experiences  in one trip missing almost nothing in your whole trip; if you also don’t want to miss the must-see places and if you also don’t want to miss ‘nowhere-else’ destinations on the planet, then follow these tips.

Since Brazil is a big country, the distance between top destinations is vast. It is not possible to cover all the highlights of Brazil in one week. You should allocate your time according to your place of interests and priorities.

If this is your first-time visit to Brazil and 


If you have 7-8 days, then we recommend you to choose the following itinerary:

Rio de Janeiro(Day 1-3)→Manaus (Amazon) (Day 4-7)→ Return to Manaus (Day 7)→Fly home (Day 8)

or,

Rio de Janeiro(Day 1-3)→Salvador (Day 4-5)→ Iguazu Falls (Day 6-7)→Fly home (Day 8)


If you have 10 days, then you can follow this itinerary (below):

Rio de Janeiro (Day 1-3)→Manaus, Amazon (Day 4-7)→Iguazu Falls (Day 8-9)→Return home (Day 10)

Alternatively, you can follow different directions (below):

Manaus (Day 1)→Amazon (Day 2-4)→Rio de Janeiro (Day 5-7)→Iguazu Falls (Day 8-9)→Return home (Day 10)

or,

Iguazu Falls (Day 1-3)→Manaus (Day 4)→Amazon (Day 5-7)→Rio de Janeiro (Day 8-9)→→Return home (Day 10)


If you have 14 days, then you can follow this itinerary (below):

Rio de Janeiro (Day 1-3)→Manaus (Day 4)→Amazon (Day 5-8)→Iguazu Falls (Day 9-10)→Salvador (Day 11-12)→Return home (Day 13/14) 

Depending on your time availability and interest, you can extend your length of stay at Amazon or Iguazu or Rio de Janeiro.


If you have 3 weeks, then you can extend above itineraries as follow:

If you are a wildlife lover: Add Pantanal and Fernando de Noronha to your list

If you are city and food lover: Add Sao Paulo and Brasilia to your list

If you are a beach lover: Add FortalezaRecife and Fernando de Noronha to your list

If you are art, culture and festival lover: Add Sao Paulo, Olinda to your list


(Note: Please note that the itineraries mentioned here are focused on the routes or directions to follow for saving time and money and still not missing the ‘must-see’ destinations. The days mentioned here in-between the places is a rough estimation just to give you general itinerary ideas. You can shorten or lengthen this time according to your interests, season, budget and time available. For example, sometimes you might want to experience the nature, activities, and culture in a relaxed manner without any haste and without feeling cramped.)


We’ve covered our recommendations for ‘must-visit destinations’. The list of other wonderful places throughout Brazil can get long. The priorities for a destination to visit can be different from person to person as it depends upon personal preferences and interests. But these are the itineraries covering ‘must-do’ or ‘must-see’ places once in your lifetime.