International visitors to Brazil typically will hit the South American nation’s biggest tourist spots, such as the sunny white sand beaches of Copacabana, the Carnivale at Rio de Janiero, and the Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado mountain.
But Brazil has so much more to offer tourists who are willing to dig a little deeper into what South America’s largest and most developed country has to offer. Here are five “can’t miss” places for you to add to your next trip to Brazil:
1. Iguacu Falls — Located on the border between Brazil and Argentina, this waterfall system is composed of 275 different falls along the Iguazu River. If you thought Niagara Falls was impressive, you will be stunned by both the sheer size and incomprehensible beauty of one of the world’s largest waterfall systems.
2. The Amazon River — With a length of more than 4,000 miles, the Amazon River is the second longest river in the world (after the Nile in Egypt). While it would take you months, or even years, to see the whole thing, take a riverboat cruise or a private tour of just a small portion of the Amazon for a Brazilian adventure you will never forget.
3. Pantanal – If you enjoy the outdoors, you will love visiting the Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland. Located mostly in Western Brazil, the Pantanal extends into two other South American countries — Bolivia and Paraguay. It has one of the largest and most diverse collections of animal and plant life in the world.
4. The Beaches of Salvador –– While everybody wants to see Ipanema, seek out the beaches of Salvador for a true Brazilian beach experience. located in the capital state of Bahia, Salvador also features an attractive colonial town that seems to have been frozen in time.
5. The City of Olinda — Interested in history? The well-preseved colonial city of Olinda, located on Brazil’s northeastern coast, has historic churches, a charming old town district, and plenty of bars, restaurants and other attractions to keep you busy for your entire Brazilian vacation.