Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil and is famous for its breathtaking landscapes, laid-back beach culture and the world renowned annual carnival. The city hosted the 2014 FIFA World Cup as well as the 2016 Summer Olympics, becoming the first South American city to host the Olympics. While the city’s most iconic attraction is Christ the Redeemer, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the city has so much more to offer. Explore world class museums, top-notch restaurants and the envious lifestyle of the Cariocas, the local residents of the city.
Founded in 1549, Salvador is the capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia. With a charming Old Town, a vibrant music scene and popular Carnival celebrations, it is considered one of the birthplaces of Brazilian culture. Once the capital of Portugal’s New World colony, Salvador is the centre of Afro-Brazilian heritage. From music and religion to food and dance, there’s no probably no other place where the African culture has been preserved so well. Boasting of stunning architecture and a spectacular coastline, it is one Brazil’s most popular destinations.
One of the great natural wonders of the world, The Iguazu Falls are located at the border of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. The area is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and visited by travelers from all over the world. One of the largest waterfalls on earth, the region has approximately 450 species of birds, including the great dusky swifts. Visitors can also spot herons, wild eagles, parrots and the threatened black-fronted piping guan, while wild cats such as jaguars are also found in the region. Described by many as one of the most awe-inspiring sights on the planet, the Iguazu Falls are the one of the top attractions in South America.
The largest city in Brazil and the second most populous in the Southern Hemisphere, Sao Paulo is a bustling metropolis and Brazil’s major economic centre. With an impressive skyline, a vibrant art and culture scene, world class restaurants and a buzzing nightlife, Sao Paulo is one of the world’s most fascinating cities. Not too far from the city lies the Parque Estadual Serra do Mar, a mountain range covered by rainforest that faces the coast and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Amazon Region
Encompassing most of northern Brazil, The Amazon is one of the world’s most diverse biological areas on the planet. Named after female warriors of Greek mythology, the Amazon rainforest is full of rivers and covers about 40% of the South American continent. The town of Manaus is the gateway to many rainforest lodges and offers plenty of activities such as canoeing, bird watching and night hikes to watch tree frogs. Home to a tenth of the world’s plant and animal species, the region intrigues adventure seekers as well as nature lovers alike.