Brazil is going to be the hottest travel destinations in the next few years–and 2014 will just be the beginning. Thousands of tourists are expected to visit the country to see the FIFA World Cup soccer games during June and July. And then in 2016, Rio will be hosting the Summer Olympic Games. But with or without these huge sporting events, Brazil is a popular tourist destination. People from across the world have been coming to this country for decades for its natural wonders and splendors.
Here are 10 must-see places in Brazil.
1. Rio de JaneiroYou simply cannot miss Rio. With hills and the sea all around, the terrain of the city is unlike anywhere else. The Rio beach is also among the best in the world. And then there is the Christ the Redeemer statue, a famous landmark. And, of course, there’s the Rio Carnival, too!
2. São Paulo
Salvador is the former capital of Brazil and it is often referred to as “the capital of joy” because of its music, cuisine, and architecture. You can’t miss the African influence in this Brazilian city of art and contemporary music.
5. Foz do IguacuFoz do Iguacu is among the most-visited cities in Brazil. It’s the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding attractions. And there are quite a few of them, including the stunning Iguazu Falls, Iguaçu National Park, Tríplice Fronteira, and the Itaipu Dam. You might also come face-to-face with howler monkeys, endangered jaguars, and giant anteaters.
6. Buzios – More than 20 beaches makes Buzios the beach capital of Brazil. There is a perfect beach here for snorkelers, surfers, and elite travelers alike.
7. Jericoacoara – This isn’t for you if you just want to get off of the plane and drive to a nearby mega resort. Jericoacoara is for adventurers who love driving down dirt roads, but the pristine beach and gorgeous surroundings make it a paradise for nature lovers.
8. Amazon River
This is a natural wonder and, ecologically, is among the most important areas in the world. The forest on both sides of the river is home to one-tenth of the world’s species–new animals and plants are discovered every day.
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