Brazil is a land as diverse and varied as any in the world. World class dining and amenities are tempered with the striking beauty of the natural attractions offered by the rainforest and rural life. This is one of the only places in the world where you can eat in a five star restaurant and minutes later are within earshot of tribes that live life as if modern man never existed. Beaches, mountains and festivals are but a few of the charms that Brazil has to offer.
Here are the top five things to see if you make your way to Brazil.
The rain forest
One of the most magical places in the world, the rainforest is a huge part of not only Brazilian tourism, but also an important part of the world’s eco-system. The rain forest is home to countless animals, many of which are undiscovered. Many of the world’s medicines originate in the rain forest as well. Many exotic and durable woods come from the rainforest and are used to create products like hardwood flooring, to fine guitars. The rain forest is also home to tribes of people that are as close to the land as any that ever lived. Make sure to participate in a guided tour of the accessible parts of this wonder of the world.
If adventure is on your schedule, make sure to take the cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. Brazil is not all about beaches and bikinis, and hiking, sightseeing and other outside fun is here in abundance. Sugarloaf is less than five miles from Rio de Janeiro and features lookouts and hiking trails and the cable car ride up is worth the trip. If you are expecting skiing and mountain goats, this is not the mountaintop you are going to see. The city is visible from the mountain, and the temperate air is a boon to anyone who has been dealing with winter weather. The view of the Brazilian vistas and beaches accessible from this tropic mountaintop oasis are sure to stay with you long after you have left Brazil.
Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer)
Although this view is memorable in its own right, it does not compare to the overall view from the previous entry, Sugarloaf Mountain. The spot below the Christ statue is moving however, and standing under the enormous and beautifully crafted structure that is a man-made wonder is a memorable experience. There are places to buy souvenirs on the way up and around the statue also. After seeing the statue and basking in its wonder, you can take a hike or relax in the nearby national park.
Rio de Janeiro
This city is an attraction in and of itself and is necessary to see if you travel to Brazil. The city is divided into three zones: north, south and central and each district or zone has different treats and attractions to offer. The beach is readily accessible and taxis are available to carry you around where you need to go. The city is teeming with little festivals and great authentic places to eat if you are feeling adventurous with your dining choices. Do you want to try scuba diving? That is available. Do you want to go on a slow moving yacht or go fishing for marlin? That is here too. Live music is an important part of the Brazilian way of life, so finding authentic regional music is a breeze. Do not be surprised if some of your favorite bands or musicians are already in Brazil. Brazilians love music as much or more as any other people and often attract some of the finest musical talent in the world.
The Carnival celebration
No list of things to do in Brazil would be complete without the Carnival celebration. Carnival starts 7-weeks before Easter, and the spring season is just starting to develop in Brazil at the time. This four-day festival is the gem of the Latin world when it comes to fun and celebration. Glitz, pomp and glamour are in full bloom here and not even the American Mardi Gras in New Orleans can compete with all of the sights and sounds during Carnival. Food, music, floats and magic are only the beginning of what Carnival has to offer. If you are able to be in Brazil during Carnival, make certain you are able to at least view the proceedings if you are not able to participate.