It’s not easy to write about Brazil Tourism. Brazil is a huge country, the largest in South America and one of the largest in the world.
It has been blessed by an array of natural wonders such as the Amazon River and the Iguazu Falls on one hand. Besides, its people have built many attractions during the years like the beautiful and functional Capital City of Brasilia.
We usually concentrate on the top ten; this time, I will mention twelve of them and leaving more for future articles. There are so many attractions in Brazil….
Brasilia the modern Capital of Brazil
It was inaugurated in 1960 by then President Juscelino Kubitschek. Its design is in the shape of an airplane in which each section serves as different sectors, commercial, government, cultural and residential.
This special city was designed by architects Lucio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer, starting in 1956 until April 1960 when it was officially inaugurated as the Capital of the country, substituting Rio de Janeiro.
São Paulo is Brazil's largest City
Some call it the New York of South America. Not only is Sao Paulo the biggest city in Brazil, it is one of the largest in the world according to population.
Although the city is known for its skyline of skyscrapers it is also home to many public parks.
It is a center of gastronomy in Brazil and of course, a center of culture for the whole country.
Rio de Janeiro the Marvelous City
Just mentioning the name of this spectacular city causes a burst in adrenaline. It is the most visited city in South America due to an array of landmarks that are seldom seen all in one city, such as the Sugar Loaf, the Corcovado with its statue of Christ the Redeemer, the marvelous beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and others.
But one yearly event attracts visitors from all over the Globe, the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro, a week of festivities with many imitations throughout the world but with nothing equal to it.
This is the Capital of the state of Ceará on the northeastern coast of Brazil, and the country’s fifth largest city and a source for Brazil Tourism.
It has idyllic beaches, rolling dunes and great fishing villages. It is one of Brazil’s favorite tourist spots.
Parati in the State of Rio de Janeiro
Located on the Rio de Janeiro State Parati is a popular tourist attraction. It is a real paradise of emerald sea, coastal mountains, waterfalls and forests.
Also spelled Paraty, this is a former Portuguese colony established on the shores of the Bay of Ilha Grande.
Recife on the Atlantic coast of Brazil
This lovely capital of the state of Pernambuco is one of Brazil’s most important and largest cities, located on the northeastern coast.
Celled by many the Venice of Brazil for its many waterways and bridges, it is a popular tourist destination due to its historic colonial town, its beaches, forests and above all a vibrant cultural atmosphere.
Manaus Brazil deep into the Amazonia
Located deep into the Amazonia, this capital of the Amazonas state in northwestern Brazil, serves as a gateway to the Amazon Rainforest.
Developed during the beginning of the Twentieth Century, due to the flourishing Rubber Industry, Manaus today is a thriving city and one of Brazil’s largest. It features many landmarks, among them the Rio Negro palace and the Amazonas Opera House.
Foz do Iguacu
This is the Brazilian Gateway to Iguazu Falls, one of the world’s most important natural wonders. Located on the Iguazu River which marks the border between Brazil and Argentina, they are by itself an incredible spectacle of beauty and force of Mother Nature.
It is wider than Victoria Falls in Africa and Niagara Falls in Canada and USA as well.
Located on the Brazilian state of Parana, it can be visited from Argentina or Brazil.
Jericoacoara great beaches
Hidden in the Brazilian northwest in the state of Ceará, about 350 Km of Fortaleza, this is a small treasure of Brazil Tourism with sand streets and plenty of activity.
It was a small fishing village until the 1980s, until tourists discovered its spectacular beaches, lakes and lagoons of sweet water.
Morro de São Paulo in Bahia
This is a small town on the state of Bahia, about two hours from Salvador in the Tinhare Islands. To visit this town you should take a boat in the city of Valença or fly from Salvador to the little airport in town.
The beaches here are beautiful and are easily named First, Second, Third and Fourth beach.
Satellite view of the Amazonia National Park and the Amazon River
This most important ecosystem in the world covers territories of nine nations, practically most of the continent of South America, such as Peru, Colombia and Brazil, besides small territories of Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.
The capital city of Amazonas is Manaus, mentioned above in this article.
Fernando de Noronha Brazilian Archipelago
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an archipelago of 21 islands in the Atlantic Ocean about 350 KM from the Brazilian Coast.
To visit them you can fly from Recife or on some two-day cruises. The visits to these islands are regulated and you pay a preservation fee per day of visit to the islands.
Once there you will understand why all the fuss. This is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, with beaches just seen on magazines.
Flag of Brazil
The Bandeira Auriverde meaning Yellow-and-green flag, was adopted in 19 November 1889.
A green field with the large yellow diamond or rhombus in the center bearing the blue disk, which is formed the celestial globe, depicted the starry sky of twenty-seven small white five-pointed stars spanned by the white equatorial curved band with the National Motto: "ORDEM E PROGRESSO", Portuguese for "Order and Progress", written in green.
Map of Brazil the largest country in South America
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