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…
2,441travelers 235reviews 179blogs
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. …
1,196travelers 57reviews 80blogs
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 been…
14travelers 8reviews 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…
148travelers 28reviews 52blogs
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…
103travelers 11reviews 74blogs
Paraty #6 most popular location
Paraty is a beautiful colonial Portuguese and Brazilian Imperial town located at the Green Coast or Costa Verde. Situated just near to the border of Sao Paulo, Paraty is located in the State …
13travelers 10reviews 4blogs
Porto Seguro #7 most popular location
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Natal #8 most popular location
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Foz do Iguacu #9 most popular location
Foz do Iguaçu 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 of Curitiba and is one…
33travelers 15reviews 21blogs
Fortaleza #10 most popular location
The city of the sun. Fortaleza is the capital of the state Ceará. It's in northeastern Brazil and apparently it's sunny during 300 days per year. Temperature is around around 28°C - 30°C s…
78travelers 10reviews 6blogs
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…
78travelers 25reviews 20blogs
Porto Alegre #13 most popular location
Sunset at's one of the most beautiful that I've ever seen!
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Tibau do Sul #14 most popular location
Joao Pessoa #15 most popular location
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Belo Horizonte #16 most popular location
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Ilha Grande #17 most popular location
A beautiful underdeveloped island, Ilha Grande (Big Island in English) is located in the municipality of Angra dos Reis in the state of Rio de Janeiro. Its rugged surroundings and pristine be…
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Maceio #18 most popular location
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Jijoca de Jericoacoara #19 most popular location
Brasilia #20 most popular location
Brasilia is the capital of Brazil. The city was build in four years in the 60's by President Kubitschek. He decided to move the capital from Rio de Janeiro because of lots of protests against…
162travelers 5reviews 10blogs
Morro de Sao Paulo #21 most popular location
Morro de Sao Paulo is on the island of Tinhare which is 60 km south of Salvador, the capital of Bahia. The atmosphere is friendly and laid back and you can easily meet people there from all o…
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Ubatuba #22 most popular location
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Balneario Camboriu #23 most popular location
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Recife #24 most popular location
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Fernando de Noronha #25 most popular location
Noronha is an archipelago 360 km northeast of Natal. It's a natural reserve, that's why only 240 tourists can be on the island at any time. There are many relatively expensive homestays, m…
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Sao Sebastiao #26 most popular location
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Sao Luis #27 most popular location
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Itacare #28 most popular location
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Aracaju #29 most popular location
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Guaruja #30 most popular location
Guaruja is a small city located about 90 km 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 #31 most popular location
Small town near the Bolivian border and famous for its snorkeling, it's just a couple of hours drive from the famous Pantanal. Very laid back and not too touristy with a nice hostel, where yo…
10travelers 3reviews 1blogs
Ouro Preto #32 most popular location
An old mining city that has since become a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its pure architectural beauty. Set in the center of a lush green valley, Ouro Preto or the City of the Black…
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Goiania #33 most popular location
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Belem #34 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 …
11travelers 14reviews 2blogs
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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Angra dos Reis #36 most popular location
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Itatiaia #37 most popular location
Campo Grande #38 most popular location
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Ribeirao Preto #39 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 #40 most popular location
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Vitoria #41 most popular location
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Barreirinhas #42 most popular location
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Olinda #43 most popular location
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Guarulhos #44 most popular location
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Macae #45 most popular location
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Cuiaba #46 most popular location
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Lencois #47 most popular location
Lençois is the gateway to Chapada Diamantina National Park in the state of Bahia, in northeastern Brazil. It is 428 km west of Salvador and it takes about a six hour bus ride from there to g…
6travelers 4reviews 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 Santos FC, where legendary football star Pele play…
35travelers 4reviews 1blogs
Jericoacoara #49 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…
14travelers 9reviews 3blogs
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 comparison most people make to Florida's wetlands would be bes…
20travelers 6reviews 13blogs