Brazil has much more than only sun and surf to offer the tourist. Tourism in Brazil does not exist solely based on the natural beauty of the landscape, but also on regional events such as carnival, festas juninas, folia de reis (religious festival), are some of the many celebrations that make Brazil an international tourist destination. Following are the top 5 must see places in Brazil:
1) Rio de Janeiro: Rio is an awesome city and a perfect place for tourists. Right from beautiful white sand beaches from where you can climb to the top of the mountain. There is a statue of Christ the Redeemer, Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain. The 38 feet tall statue of Christ is always crowded with visitors from morning to evening. At the peak of Corcovado one can enjoy the beauty of the city of Rio. A million other beautiful scenery, countless can be enjoyed from the top of Sugar Loaf.
2) Iguazu falls: One of the great natural wonders of the world, Iguazu Falls is situated on the border between Brazil and Argentina. The most impressive of them all is the Devil’s Throat a U-shaped fall. It can be reached from the cities Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil and Puerto Iguazú in Argentina, as well as from Ciudad del Este in Paraguay. On the Brazilian side there is a long walkway along the canyon with an extension to the lower base of the Devil’s Throat.
3) Amazon River: The Amazon River is the second longest river in the world, just slightly shorter than the Nile, and the largest river by volume. The Amazon has over 3,000 recognized species of fish and new species are still being discovered. The jungle tours here are more about the boating upriver into the damp, buzzing, oppressive ambience than actually spotting animals.
4) Rio Carnival: In Brazil there are carnival celebrations in virtually every corner, the best-known ones taking place in Recife together with the neighboring Olinda and Salvador. But the biggest and most famous carnival is undoubtedly the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. The Carnival is all over the place, in the streets and squares, bars, clubs and all other venues in Rio, concluding in the spectacular Rio Samba Parade at the Sambadrome.
5) Salvador Beaches: Salvador is the capital of the state of Bahia, with an attractive colonial town, a vibrant musical scene and loads of exceptional beaches all around. The beaches range from calm inlets, ideal for swimming, diving and sailing, as well as open sea inlets with strong waves, popular with surfers. There are also beaches surrounded by reefs, forming natural pools of stone, ideal for children.