Top Destinations in Brazil for Summer Vacations

Brazil, a vast South American country, stretches from the Amazon Basin in the north to vineyards and massive Iguaçu Falls in the south. Rio de Janeiro, symbolized by its 38m Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado, is famed for its busy Copacabana and Ipanema beaches as well as its enormous, raucous Carnaval festival, featuring parade floats, flamboyant costumes, and samba music and dance.

Rio de Janeiro

Sun, surf, and samba!

Ravishing Rio is a trip for all five senses. Surfers and sunbathers fuel up on acai bowls before hitting the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, while kids of the favelas toss around a soccer ball (Brazilians are passionate about their football). Dance the night away at one of the city’s many samba clubs, and if you want to see the city come alive, go during Carnival in February. 

The Amazon

Parrots, piranhas, and poison dart frogs.

The Amazon brings to mind a colorful array of birds, deadly predators (hello, anaconda), a tangled expanse of emerald trees and one big river. Brazil is home to 60% of the Amazon, so if you’re searching for Amazonian adventure ideas, this is the place to do it. Just don’t forget the insect repellent!

Iguazu Falls

The world’s most stunning waterfalls.

Niagara Falls doesn’t stand a chance against Iguazu Falls, which holds the title as the most extensive waterfall system in the world. Straddling the borders of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay, Iguazu Falls is made up of 275 individual waterfalls, with the Devil’s Throat being the largest of them all. Come for the awe-inspiring gushing water and stay for the incredible flora and fauna surrounding the falls.

São Paulo

A non-stop party in Brazil’s largest city.

Your brain might tell you to skip smoggy, overcrowded Sao Paulo, but you’d be missing out on some of Brazil’s best nightlife, cultural offerings, and Brazilian foodie pleasures. Like New York City or Tokyo, São Paulo (or Sampa as its called) is a city that never sleeps. It’s big and noisy, but for city people, there’s no other place quite like multicultural, riveting São Paulo. 

Paraty

Colonial charm without the cars!

Paraty (or Parati) might be Brazil’s prettiest city. Awash in cobbled colonial charm, the city has a heavy Portuguese influence and was a major exporter of gold during the 1600s. Stroll the streets of the pedestrian-friendly historical center (blissfully car-free) and take day trips to pristine beaches and lush rainforest just outside the city. 

Recife

The Venice of Brazil.

With its many rivers, small islands and over 50 bridges, Recife is often called the Brazilian Venice. It’s a buzzing, gritty city like Rio with a vibrant cultural scene and entertaining historical center. Outside Recife, the beach of Porto de Galinhas has been repeatedly awarded the title of the best beach in Brazil while the historic center of Olinda charms all who visit.

Minas Gerais

Horseback riding in Brazil’s heartland.

The state of Minas Gerais is a fertile land of rivers, mountains, and valleys. As the leading producer of coffee and milk in Brazil, its claim to fame is the famous Brazilian snack of Pao de queijo made with Minas cheese. This region has emerged as a popular eco-destination for its scene-stealing national parks and natural springs.

South America’s largest country is teeming with stunning natural wonders, vibrant cities, and everything in between. That also means planning a trip to Brazil can be a little daunting, so we’re here to help with ideas.

We’ve picked 10 essential Brazilian dishes to try on your visit:

1. Barbecued meat

2. Moqueca 

3. Cachaça

4. Brigadeiros

5. Pão de queijo

6. Acarajé 

7. Quindim

8. Açaí 

9. Feijoada

10. Fried bar snacks


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What is a better vacation: Beach or snow?

This is a debate that is going on for years between tourists. What is a better vacation: beach or snow? Some are saying that nothing comes to a beach holiday. While others are saying that a snow and ski holiday is something that you will not forget ever. If you need to decide between a beach or snow, these things might assist you in deciding which one will be best for you.

Hot, warm sunny days or cold, snowing days?

What type of weather are you looking for? Hot, warm days where you need to cool off? Or, cold snowing days, where you need to make sure that you are staying as warm as possible?

Some people prefer the warmer temperatures, while others prefer colder temperatures. This is why you should make sure that you know what type of temperatures you prefer before you are choosing between a beach or snow holiday.

Cocktails on the beach, or hot chocolate in front of a fireplace

What is the most romantic thing that you want to do with your friends or loved one? Enjoying a cocktail on the beach, enjoying the ocean, and the clear blue sky? Or, enjoying a hot chocolate in front of a fireplace with some great background music? 

Sometimes doing something different can end up an experience that we will never forget. You might go to a beach destination every year. What about a difference this year? You might just find out that a snow holiday is the best ever. 

Different water activities, or different ski and snow activities

What type of activities are you want to enjoy during your holiday? Are you looking forward to doing some of the water activities that the beach has to offer? Or, are you really looking forward to all the ski and snow activities that you can enjoy at a snow destination?  Just because you are going to the same holiday each year, doesn’t mean that this is the best holiday decision that you can make. Maybe change can be a good thing. 

Beach or snow? Different people will have different answer. But, do you really consider everything before you answer this question? Did you really experience both these holidays in order for you to decide which one is really going to be the best vacation ever? This is why you should make sure that you go on the best beach holiday, but that you are going on the best ski holiday as well. Then, you can decide which destination is going to be the best.

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