If you’re planning a trip to Brazil, you’re likely facing the tough decision of deciding where to visit in the beautiful, tropical country. Fortunately, Brazil has something for everyone, whether you want to partake in festivals or explore history. Here are our recommendations for the top three places to visit in Brazil, with each offering a unique cultural experience.
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro tops the list of the best places to visit in Brazil for multiple reasons, starting with its brilliant beaches. Two of the most well-known are Copacabana and Ipanema. Other awe-inspiring natural attractions around the city include its formidable forests and the Sugarloaf and Corcovado mountains.
The famous Christ the Redeemer statue sits atop the latter, looking out over the six million residents that call Rio de Janeiro home. Hiking the mountains and kicking back at the beaches are two popular activities in Rio. You can also take part in the steady schedule of street fairs, carnivals, live music, and dancing.
Brazil’s capital city was designed to serve as a kind of utopia, with a layout that resembles the shape of an airplane. Different sections of the plane serve as different districts of the city, including the residential, cultural, commercial, and government districts. Much of the cultural life centers around the University of Brasilia, where various activities and national meetings are regularly held.
There are certainly no lack of things to do in Brasilia, with multiple museums, a variety of dramatic and musical performances at the National Theatre, and numerous nightclubs and cinemas. Those seeking recreational activities can enjoy the city’s many swimming pools, or go boating or fishing in nearby rivers. You may also enjoy a trip to the zoo or one of the city’s forest reserves.
Olinda may be rather small in size, but it’s huge in historical significance. Founded by Portuguese settlers in the 1500s, Olinda boasts a marvelous downtown packed with a host of historic churches, eclectic old homes, and other well-preserved architecture.
Meandering throughout downtown tops the list of things to do, a pastime that comes complete with myriad restaurants in which to dine and unwind. Art lovers can visit the town’s lineup of museums, artisan studios, and galleries. Hit Olinda in February, and you can join in the annual festival, which features traditional African music and dance.
With any or all of the three best places to visit in Brazil on your agenda, your trip is likely to be a spectacular one. Just make sure you pack your passport, secure your tourist or business visa, and be ready to have tons of fun. Please contact us with any questions – we’re here to help!
Rob Lee is co-founder and CFO of Swift Passport and Visa Services. Originally from Michigan, Rob is an avid fisherman and SCUBA diver who enjoys adventure travel.