As the largest country in South America and home to over 211 million people, Brazil offers plenty of cultural and scenic elements for every intrepid traveller. Its Christ the Redeemer statue may be one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, but Brazil’s allure goes way beyond this iconic monument. This is a country generously blessed with exotic rainforest, miles of powdery white-sand beaches and bustling, rhythm-filled cities.
If you’re feeling spoilt for choice, the experts at travelspring.com.br have put together the five places every Canadian should visit in this vast, captivating country.
Fernando de Noronha
You can’t visit Brazil and not book a trip to the protected national marine park, Fernando de Noronha. This slice of Brazilian paradise is a collection of 21 idyllic islands and lies around 271 off Brazil’s northeast coast. Its turquoise waters are ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling, and there are dolphins, reef sharks, tropical fish, rays and a variety of seabirds to spot. It’s worth noting that this picturesque retreat can be expensive to visit, and planning your trip in advance is essential as there’s only a limited number of tourists that are allowed to access the island per day to ensure the island’s natural landscapes are preserved.
Dunas de Genipabu
The Genipabu dunes are only a short drive from Natal, the largest city in the state of Rio Grande do Norte. Compromising a lagoon and a collection of sand dunes that are continually reshaped by daily winds, you can take in the scenic views by buggy ride or camel trek.
Catedral de Brasilia
Designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, the Catedral de Brasilia is a Roman Catholic cathedral that’s recognised for its circular-inspired ceiling and all-around stained glass walls. The breathtaking design is big enough to hold 4,000 people, and even has an interior with angels suspended from the ceiling.
Foz do Iguaçu
Foz do Iguaçu is located in the Brazilian state of Paraná, and is the closest city to the stunningly beautiful Iguaçu Falls. Straddling the border of Brazil and Argentina, Iguaçu Falls is one of the world’s largest waterfalls and can be viewed from both countries. The waterfalls stretch for 2.7km with hundreds of powerful cascades, including the 80m-tall Devil’s Throat. Take in the sights by boat ride right underneath the thundering falls, or by helicopter for a bird’s eye view.
Pão de Açúcar
Pão de Açúcar, or Sugarloaf Mountain as it’s also known, is a peak situated in Rio de Janeiro. Rising 396 metres high, you’ll be able to travel to the summit by two cable cars and enjoy views of the city, Corcovado mountain, Christ the Redeemer and Copacabana Beach from the best vantage point.