In this article, I’d like to show some of the best places to visit in Brazil.
After travelling extensively around Latin America. Brazil has become one of my favourite countries in Latin America.
I’ve found so many things to do in Brazil that it gets me excited. Not only to talk about travel but to pack up my favourite backpack and start exploring.
My first encounter with South America was in Brazil. If you saw my post solo travel Rio de Janeiro you’ll learn how that trip changed the course of my life.
Best places to Visit in Brazil
Before we dive into some of the best places to visit in Brazil I’d like to share some of the things I learned from backpacking in Brazil.
Let’s start this by introducing you to one of my favourite places in Brazil. You might be surprised to know that it’s not brazil’s largest city which is São Paulo.
The name of the little place I like is called Santa Teresa in Rio De Janeiro.
Many people know this area as Lapa which is close by. It’s the place where you’ll find the famous steps from that famous Michael Jackson video.
When backpacking in South America I don’t usually like doubling back on myself. But Rio de Janeiro is a great starting and ending point for your trip.
So for that reason, I’ll be adding Rio as the number 1 best place to visit in Brazil as strategic starting or ending point.
Once you’ve decided what to carry and with so much to offer; you’ll probably be asking yourself what to do in Brazil.
If your brazil itinerary is only 2 weeks, keep reading, I’ve listed places where I have spent 2 weeks and had the time of my life.
My goal is to give you ideas of things to do in each place. That way you’ll have knowledge of the activities and not just of ideas on where to go in Brazil.
1# Rio de Janeiro
Without a doubt, Rio de Janeiro is one of Brazil’s most iconic destinations. Not to mention one of the big cities in Brazil.
Not only famous for its carnival in February; which I think is the best time to visit Brazil. But, also, it’s omnipresent nightlife, which will see you partying throughout the night.
Rio is home to some of the most famous landmarks in Brazil. Not only will you fall in love with its world-renowned beaches Ipanema and Copacabana. Those on the list of the most beautiful places in Brazil.
You’ll be taken away by the views from Sugar Loaf mountain and the exuberant ride of the cable cars that transport you through the clouds.
That information is enough to consider it as the best place to live in Brazil.
💡Smart Travel Tip
Travelling around Brazil with equipment like Laptops and expensive Camera gear, it’s imperative that you have a decent insurance plan that can cover you.
When looking for some of the best beaches in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro is a great place to start.
Also if you want to know some of the other awesome activities in rio check out Sidewalk Safari’s article, which I guarantee will get you fired up for action.
For me, Florianopolis is one of my favourite Brazil beach resorts. It’s not only one of my personal favourites and best places to visit in Brazil.
One of the most famous cities in Brazil with holidaymakers in South America for its nightlife and it’s 42 beaches.
If you’ve read my article on 10 things you must see in Florianonpolis, you already know how much I loved being there.
Florianopolis hold a special place. For me, it was one of the best places to live in Brazil as a digital nomad or expat because back then, things were still relativity cheap in Brazil.
Unlike cities such as Rio de Janeiro. You’ll find less European and tourists in Florianopolis than other places to visit in Brazil.
As you can imagine the language barrier is an issue if you don’t speak Portuguese.
One of my favourite spots is Lagoinha Beach. It’s an incredible beach with calm clean crystal water. It’s not so filled with holiday goes like some of the other beaches in the south.
Lagoinha Beach is the perfect place to spend the day with a loved one or the family. Best of all, it’s quite mostly. Even though you can still find bars and caipirinhas all around.
3# Foz do Iguacu
Are you looking for the best vacation spots in Brazil?
Don’t go to Brazil without visiting some of the widest waterfalls in the world. Even if you have to cross over to Argentina to see them.
You can easily see the best of both in 2 days. Foz do Iguacu is an amazing place which has to be seen to be fully appreciated.
If looking for the best Brazil holiday destinations, I’d can 100% recommend this park.
The paths are generally very easy to walk and you’ll have many opportunities to take great photos. Make sure you carry a selfie-stick for this one.
Still one of the best places to visit in brazil. When living in Buenos Aires I visited from the Argentinian side of the border.
Foz do Iguacu are definitely a must destination should be in your itinerary of Brazil places to visit.
I really wanted to see the Devils Mouth. If you can make it to this region you can visit both sides as they both have breathtaking viewpoints.
Belem is known as the city of Mangoes due to its high concentration of Mango trees dotted around the city is a city located in the state of Para.
The city of Belem sits on the edge of the Pará River. The Pará river is a part of the greater Amazon River system.
I have not been to Belem yet but it’s on the top of my list of places to visit in Brazil. There is a market there called Mercado Ver-o-Peso which is an iconic market where you can find fruits that you’ll find in no other parts of the world.
One of the best places to visit in Belem would be Mangal das Garcas which is an Eco park with a museum and many other things to do.
The Eco Park is one of those places in Brazil that is a delight to walk around and see many local birds, butterflies and plants plus some history about Para’s culture.
Maybe you have not heard much about this city before, but you could seriously consider it as one of the places to go in Brazil. It’ll be a good decision.
As you see, there is not just one most beautiful place in Brazil. There’re plenty of wonderful and cool places in Brazil you can find interesting.
💡 Smart Travel Tip
There is a restaurant on site that gives you some great Para cruise which is authentic and specific to the department of Para.
You can walk around for free or pay to go into some of the exhibitions, the setting is beautiful and right on the river.
A visit to Mangal das Garcas is a must do if you are thinking of visiting Belem.
Olinda is a town which is almost at the top of my list for Brazil. Olinda is another colonial town on Brazil’s northeast coast. It’s very close to the city of Recife, which is on the top cities in Brazil by its extension.
One of the best places to visit in Brazil no matter where you are is always a local market.
In Olinda, you’ll find the Handicraft Market called Mercado de Artesanato da Sé and is a very traditional market where you can indulge yourself with local foods and a ton of crafts with a good variety.
💡 Smart Travel Tip
This is a tourist hotspot fair so expect higher prices and know that you can sometimes haggle with vendors.
If like me you’re interested in the Brazil historical sites to wait until you see the view from the church at the market. Both which are located on top of a hill, the view will take your breath away.
From the hilltops of Olinda, you’ll get to know the architecture of the city and can see the city of Recife in the foreground.
Paraty is yet another place to see in Brazil. It’s a small colonial town based on the coast in between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.
I visited Paraty on my first ever trip backpacking in South America. I only found out about this place after I got invited to tag along with some friends I met in a hostel
If backpacking in Rio and heading south, then Paraty is a great spot to relax and recharge after the nightlife and fast pace of Rio de Janeiro.
You’ll see some of the most beautiful colonial architecture in Latin America.
Whilst backpacking in Brazil did I ever mention that I fell in love with doors?
The historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. So for me, it was door paradise, you’ll see some of the most beautiful and rustic doors you’ve ever seen in your life.
Expect to see cobblestone streets, gorgeous beaches and some colourful boats which are a lot of fun.
All popular Brazil vacation spots have beaches. Fortaleza is a place in the north of Brazil which I recently discovered.
Well known in Brazil for its crabs and of course it’s sandy beaches. Fortaleza made it close to the top of my list of best places to visit in Brazil.
Fortaleza is the state capital of Ceará and is located in Northeastern Brazil. Also, it’s on the top 10 of the most popular cities in Brazil.
This is another fun coastal city that Brazil has to offer, just be sure to check accommodation before arriving because they can get full.
You can always compare some of the best local hostels if you’re on a tighter budget, just try to stay near the beach if you can – it’s were everybody goes.
Fortaleza is a great place to be if you like activities such as kite surfing, windsurfing, jet skiing, wakeboarding and any most other water sport you can think of.
If it’s even possible to see enough of seeing Brazil best beaches, there are other things. I have one cultural landmark in Fortaleza that will spark your interest.
This one is called the Jose de Alencar Theatre. It’s the most unusual, beautiful and interesting place to explore.
There’s even a guided tour can take. If you don’t speak Portuguese don’t worry you can still walk around with the group and appreciate the interior of the building.
Inside you’ll find artwork, bold coloured glass windowpanes and pastel wrought iron works. A must if you’re interested in culture and seeing a graceful contrast between Victorian classical and Art Nouveau architecture.
Did you know Natal is the capital and largest city in Rio Grande do Norte?
If you’re looking for hot Brazil destinations I can recommend you pass by.
A superb spot for Natal and brazil tourism, in general, is Dunas de Genipabu. In fact, you can not get to Natal and not visit the dunes.
This is a place where you can take a guided dune buggy tour of the Natal sand dunes.
The perfect way to spend a morning in Natal and along with many others, definitely one best places to visit in Brazil.
You don’t have to do the buggy tour but if you like rollercoaster rides it’s highly recommended it’s one of those tourist attractions in Brazil that many people travel to the region to do.
If I was to tell you it is also the home to the largest cashew nut in the world how would you feel. I read in the Guinness book of world records that it’s the size of 70 normally sized cashew trees.
Not a fan of Cashew trees? Nor sand dunes? Then you’ll be glad to know you’ll find a beach paradise in a place called Ponta Negra.
I kid you not, Ponta Negra is absolutely beautiful, so make sure you add Natal to your list of cities in Brazil.
It’s a famous beach and neighbourhood in the south of the city. It has a famous dune that is iconic, to say the least. You’ll find many shops, restaurants, nightclubs and bars located on and around the beach.
I urge you if you are on the northern coast of Brazil to try to get yourself over to Pipa. A truly magical place that you’ll fall in love with within 24 hours I guarantee.
You’ll find that Pipa is small beach location hidden away from the hustle and bustle of everyday city life. I backpacked here directly from Recife.
Pipa was one of the few locations I visit that had a real hippy vibe about it. If you’re wondering for chill vacation spots in Brazil, Pipa is the place.
One of the main highlights for me was strolling along Praia do Amor the beach of love. At a first glance, the beach is rocky with limited patches of sand.
As you walk one of, either way, you’ll find yourself in a paradise of tranquillity.
You’ll find a good selection of bars and a happy and chilled vibe on the beach.
Walking is a must to find the best beach spots, meanwhile, marvel at the cliffs, which are beautiful to look at as they transport you to another destination.
All in all a pretty little town that welcomes you to just relax.
Note that Pipa is around 1-2 hours from Natal, so if you do get the chance make sure you add it to your existing itinerary.
Best places to Visit in Brazil
The intention of this article is to inspire you to travel to Brazil. When backpacking in Brazil you simply cannot miss these locations.
This is a living guide and I will continue to keep adding to this list. You can always trust me to be exploring Latin America best places in Brazil to visit.
If you’re wondering when is the best time to travel to Brazil. I recommend you first decide which part of the country you will visit first. Be sure you’ll always find interesting places in Brazil.
To know when it’s sunny in Brazil depends on where you go or what you want to do. From there you can check the weather forecast before deciding.
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