Brazil Travel Guide

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Officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, it is the largest country in South America and the world's fifth largest country. Brazil has a coastline of over 7,491 kilometers and wondrous beaches! Brazil has a dense and complex system of rivers, one of the world's most extensive, with eight major drainage basins, all of which drain into the Atlantic.The climate of Brazil comprises a wide range of weather conditions across a large area and varied topography, but most of the country is tropical.

If there's one thing travelers can say about visiting Brazil, it's that the country has so much diversity that it is impossible to take it all in during one lifetime. The fifth largest country in the world, Brazil is host to some of the most amazing flavors, people, and geography on the planet. From the Brazilian wines, to the Brazilian beaches, the Amazon rain forest, the unspoiled islands of Illha do Mel or Illha Grande, the mountains and the plains, or the coffee, there is virtually no limit to the amazing sights, sounds, smells, and tastes a traveler can experience when visiting this South American country.

The official language is Portuguese, although Spanish speakers can generally get by in a pinch. English is fairly rare outside of the main tourist traps, but as a general rule of thumb unless you are absolutely a first-timer, you won't have any difficulties getting around in the country. Public transportation is generally considered to be the optimal way of doing things, as driving a car in this country can lead to an early heart attack. When in doubt, rent a cab, take a bus, a boat, a train, or a plane.

The cuisine within Brazil is as famous as its beaches or its wine and coffee. However, as with any country offering street vendors as the local version of fast food, make sure to only eat at places which look clean, serve the food piping hot, and cover their dishes. Bottled water is a must especially if you're on a quick visit.

Regardless if you come here by cruise or by plane, you can either stay in one of the various resorts in places like Brasilia or Fortaleza, or if you want to head up the river to stay in Manaus, the capital of the Amazonas State, you can find virtually every type of accommodation to suit every type of traveler.

Rio de Janeiro #1 most popular location
Ah, Rio. Take a perfect seaside spot, backed up by wavering mountains. Plant Christ the Redeemer on a hill to look over it all, and fill in the gaps with a city so steeped in passion that lea…
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Sao Paulo #2 most popular location
As Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo is something of a cultural mish-mash, home to an imported assortment of cultures and outlooks as well as an impossible-to-miss mix of the rich and poor. …
1,031travelers 60reviews 84blogs
Buzios #3 most popular location
Buzios is a town east of Rio de Janeiro (2 hours by car; 3 hours by bus). It is best known as the place Brigitte Bardot visited with her then-Brazilian boyfriend. Since then, Buzios has bee…
15travelers 9reviews 5blogs
Salvador da Bahia #4 most popular location
The capital of Brazil’s north eastern district, Salvador is home to natives who speak with a heavily regionalized and accented version of Portuguese, and live in rustic, pastel-colored buil…
128travelers 26reviews 62blogs
Florianopolis #5 most popular location
The capital city of the Santa Catarina State in the southernmost section of Brazil, Florianopolis is an island city just off the coast, known for its 40+ beaches and major surfing activity. N…
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Paraty #6 most popular location
Paraty is a beautiful colonial portuguese and Brazilian Imperial town located at Green Coast or Costa Verde. Situated just near to the border of Sao Paulo, Paraty is located in the State of R…
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Porto Seguro #7 most popular location
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Natal #8 most popular location
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Fortaleza #9 most popular location
The city of the sun. Fortaleza is the capital of the state Ceará. It's in the north east of Brazil and apparently it's sunny during 300 days a year. Temperature is around around 28°C - 30°…
68travelers 10reviews 8blogs
Foz do Iguacu #10 most popular location
Iguazu falls, Parana's capital city, is the westernmost city in the state of Parana. The inhabitants of the city are known as Iguaçuenses. The city is located approximately 650 km west o…
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Curitiba #11 most popular location
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Manaus #12 most popular location
Manaus, Brazil, nearly 1,000 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean, is a modern city (literally) surrounded by the Amazon rainforest. Positioned at the confluence of the Negro and Solimoes riv…
69travelers 24reviews 22blogs
Porto Alegre #13 most popular location
Pôr-do Sol no Guaiba... é o mais bonito que eu ja vi!!!
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Tibau do Sul #14 most popular location
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Belo Horizonte #15 most popular location
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Ilha Grande #16 most popular location
A beautiful under developed island. Ilha Grande or Big Island in English is located in the municipility of Agra dos Reis in the state of Rio de Janeiro. It's rugged surrounding and pristine b…
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Maceio #17 most popular location
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Jijoca de Jericoacoara #18 most popular location
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Morro de Sao Paulo #19 most popular location
Morro de Sao Paulo is on the island of Tinhare which is 308km south of Salvador, the capital of Bahia. The atmosphere is friendly and laid back and you can easily meet people there from all o…
4travelers 4reviews 5blogs
Brasilia #20 most popular location
Brasilia is capital of Brazil. The city is build in four years in 60`s by president Juscelino Kubitschek. He decided to move capital from Rio de Janeiro because of a lots of protests agains t…
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Ubatuba #21 most popular location
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Balneario Camboriu #22 most popular location
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Recife #23 most popular location
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Fernando de Noronha #24 most popular location
Fernando de Noronha is an small island in front of Natal(400km aprox). Its a natural reserve, thats why only 125 people(tourist) can be each day on the island. Hotels: There are a lot of …
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Sao Sebastiao #25 most popular location
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Sao Luis #26 most popular location
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Itacare #27 most popular location
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Aracaju #28 most popular location
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Guaruja #29 most popular location
Guaruja is an small city located about 90km away from São Paulo city. You can either go there by taking a bus from Jabaquara station in Sao Paulo if you don't have a car. Otherwise, head to …
6travelers 2reviews 1blogs
Bonito #30 most popular location
small town near the bolivia and famous for its snorkeling. very laid back and not too touristy definitely stop here if you have time to spare
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Ouro Preto #31 most popular location
An old minning city that has since become a World Heritage Site by Unesco due to its pure architectural beauty. Set in the centre of a lush green valley, Ouro Preto or the City of the Blac…
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Goiania #32 most popular location
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Belem #33 most popular location
One of the entrances to the Amazon region, Belém is its largest city. A metropolitan area with a stunning river coast. The municipality includes 42 islands and a huge forest park. Known for …
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Angra dos Reis #34 most popular location
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Campinas #35 most popular location
Campinas is an industrial center about one hour north of São Paulo. A number of international large companies have chosen the region to build their plants, such as IBM, Motorola and many ot…
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Itatiaia #36 most popular location
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Campo Grande #37 most popular location
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Ribeirao Preto #38 most popular location
Ribeirao Preto is a great little town in Sao Paulo! You will find amazing people there and they will treat you well. What more can I say?? I loved my time here and you will too!
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Canela #39 most popular location
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Vitoria #40 most popular location
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Barreirinhas #41 most popular location
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Olinda #42 most popular location
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Macae #43 most popular location
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Cuiaba #44 most popular location
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Guarulhos #45 most popular location
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Lencois #46 most popular location
Lencois is the gateway to Chapada Diamantina National Park in the state of Bahia in northeastern Brazil. It is 410 km west of Salvador and it takes about a six hour bus ride from there to get…
5travelers 4reviews 7blogs
Jericoacoara #47 most popular location
Considered by "The Washington Post" one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. In reality it is murky, extremely shallow sand beach, good only for kids that don't know how to swim. Go…
12travelers 9reviews 4blogs
Santos #48 most popular location
Santos is most famously known as the Coffee City with the exportation of coffee from the Port of Santos in the 19th century and also home of legendary football star Pele who played with Santo…
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Teresopolis #49 most popular location
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Pantanal #50 most popular location
The Pantanal is a tropical wetland area the size of France. So it's quite big, in fact the largest wetland in the world. So the comparisson most people make to Florida's wetlands would be be…
18travelers 5reviews 14blogs