Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth largest nation in the world. Travelers flock to the Amazon rainforest, the beautiful tropical beaches, and Brazil’s vibrant, multifaceted cities. Below are some of the best cities to visit in Brazil.
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, known as the marvelous city, is surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. The lush rainforests, white sand beaches, and craggy mountains frame a complex metropolis irresistible to tourists. The giant statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. A cable car takes you to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, where you can have a spectacular view of the city and its environs. Copacabana Beach offers sunshine and relaxation. For the cultural traveler, numerous museums and churches are filled with architectural and artistic wonders. If you enjoy a flamboyant party atmosphere, be sure to come during the city’s annual carnival.
From 1549 to 1763, Salvador was Brazil’s first capital. It is full of fascinating colonial architecture, inviting exploration. Salvador is sandwiched between green tropical hills and a long stretch of broad beaches. The populace’s propensity for dancing and merrymaking annually culminates in the world’s largest carnival.
Manaus, located in northern Brazil at the confluence of the Negro and Amazon Rivers, is the jumping off point for jungle exploration. You can choose from numerous guided forays by land or by boat into the surrounding rainforest. Besides the jungle with its abundant wildlife and the nearby riverside beaches, this thriving metropolis has museums, cathedrals and an Italian renaissance opera house built in the 1890s. The contrast between old world and new world influences in Manaus is an endless fascination to visitors.
Recife is called the Venice of Brazil due to the abundant rivers, islands, and bridges throughout the city. Besides the waterways crisscrossing the interior, a broad swath of beautiful beaches front the city. Though one of Brazil’s largest cities, it is not a traditional tourist destination, and it retains a good deal of its local charm. Recife is an excellent place to peruse for handicrafts, including wood sculpture, clay figurines, paintings, leather goods, and woven straw. The old town is full of small bars and restaurants best explored at night.
The largest city in South America, Sao Paulo is replete with activity. The city is known for its diverse cultural influences and varied cuisine. It is a melting pot of immigrant nationalities, including large communities of Japanese, Italians, Arabs, Germans, Chinese, Greeks, Armenians, and Koreans. Besides its dozens of parks, it is full of museums, theaters, exhibitions, concerts, and nightlife. Though the city is immense, its extensive subway system can take you anywhere you want to go. Like New York or London, the city is lively with non-stop activity 24 hours a day.
Located on the northeast coast of Brazil, Fortaleza has sandy beaches, a balmy climate, and warm ocean waters. Each of its urban beaches has its own character. A large open market centers on its historic cathedral. If you enjoy nightlife, the dancing and music here often lasts all night.
These are some of the most popular cities to visit in Brazil. Whether you enjoy relaxing on sunny beaches, discovering the tropical flora and fauna in the surrounding hills and forests, appreciating cultural wonders, or reveling in the nightlife, there is plenty to do in these fascinating metropolises.
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