7 Absolutely Beautiful Places In Brazil

From natural wonders to man-made marvels

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1. Iguazu Falls

The largest waterfall system in the world



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Stretched across three countries, the main falls are between Argentina and Brazil.

On average, around 1,500 cubic meters of water flows down the falls every second.

2. Rio De Janeiro

Once the capital of Brazil



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With mountain peaks hemmed by white beaches and bays studded with islands, you do not need much more.

But add sights such as Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain, and the famous beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, and you have a city that is only rivaled by Sydney, Australia, when it comes to the perfect merging of natural beauty with manmade enhancements.

3. Lencois Maranhenses National Park

An incredible scene of endless white dunes



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The Portuguese name lencois, translated as “bedsheets,” is very apt indeed.

What makes this sight even more beautiful is that between May and September the rain filters through the sand and forms pools of crystal-clear lakes in the white dunes, looking utterly otherworldly.

4. Paraty, Costa Verde

The green coast



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Roughly halfway between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro lies Costa Verde, the green coast.

Beaches and bays, coves, and islands, all with the lush vegetation reaching right down to the ocean, create a verdant beauty, and finding a secluded spot is guaranteed.

Along the coast, the pretty and colorful town of Paraty has a colonial history going back to the Portuguese settling here in the 16th century.

They made Paraty into the then main shipping port for gold.

5. Pantanal, Mato Grosso Do Sul

The world’s largest inland wetland area, a UNESCO world heritage region



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Perfect for eco-tourism because of its diverse habitats and nature reserves.

Lying on the western edge of Brazil and spilling over to Bolivia and Paraguay, this beautiful region possesses the highest concentration of wildlife in South America and lends itself to being explored by boat.

6. Mount Roraima

The highest tepuis, or table-mountain, in the world



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It is 9,219 feet high, yet the summit is completely flat, rising high above the clouds with a sheer cliff face that was explored back in 1595 by English explorer Sir Walter Raleigh.

It inspired Sir Arthur Canon Doyle to write The Lost World, which was made into a film in 1960.

It really is an awe-inspiring sight and another long-forgotten world up there seems very feasible.

7. The Amazon Basin

Stunning and magnificent



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The Amazon Basin covers some 2.7 million square miles, 60 percent of which is in Brazil. So, exploring the Amazon Basin is not easy, or quick.

You will see the imposing river, many animals, and little villages along the route, and can discover the true beauty of the Amazon, which lies in its biodiversity and nearly overwhelming nature.

Ulrike Lemmin-Woolfrey

A travel writer and guidebook author for the last 20 years



Ulrike's work has been seen in National Geographic, BBC, The Independent, Australian Women's Weekly, The Telegraph, The Australian, AFAR, Fodor's, Brides, France Today, Four Seasons magazine, CNN Travel, numerous inflight magazines, and many others.

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