5 of the Best Tourist Cities in Brazil
Brazil has hundreds of towns and cities for travelers to visit and
enjoy, and across the country you can find a huge variety in terms of
culture, scenery and attractions. Choosing 5 of the best tourist cities
in Brazil is a challenge, but these five below have been chosen because
between them they represent much of the variety that Brazil is known
Rio de Janeiro
Rio is Brazil's most popular tourist city,
and for good reason. In this city alone you will find much of the
variety that Brazil offers -- wonderful beaches, scenery, a variety of
attractions, and a bustling metropolis that includes great shopping,
dining and entertainment. The busy atmosphere may not be for everyone,
especially around Carnival time, though to experience Rio's Carnival at
least once in your life is an experience you're unlikely to forget!
Brazil's first colonial capital was Salvador and today this city
is considered one of the birthplaces of Brazilian culture. The city is
the third largest in the country so it's busy, but the beautiful
historic center of Salvador makes this a place well worth visiting.
Often known as The Pelourinho, the historic center offers plenty of
colonial history and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It
is full of colorful, pastel shaded colonial buildings and historic
squares, and has a wonderful atmosphere. Spend time soaking it in in
Salvador's churches, restaurants and cafes.
While much of Brazil is graced with beautiful beaches, those of
Florianopolis are said to be among the best. Set in the south of
Brazil, this city has over 40 beaches and is partly located on an
island just off the coast. Founded in 1726, Florianopolis has a good
selection of historical sites too, and an excellent public market where
you can buy some of the region's quality handicrafts.
The best gateway into the Amazon rainforest, the city of Manaus
is the capital of the state of Amazonas and is its largest city. Take
your river tour down the Amazon from here, but also spend time in the
city itself where there's grand architecture that was funded by the
rubber industry barons. Teatro Amazonas is a great example of this, and
there are often free performances of the opera staged here. Riverside
beaches make a nice alternative to those on the ocean, while places
like the National Park of Jau are within easy traveling distance.
a huge city but Brazil's largest cannot be ignored for its non-stop
vibrancy and multitude of tourist attractions. Sao Paulo is home to
nearly 8 million people within its metro area and it's the ultimate
urban vacation destination. Skyscrapers with observation decks,
countless museums, numerous parks and open spaces, the largest zoo in
Brazil, and one of Latin America's largest aquariums are just a few of
the attractions here. The culture is spectacular too and there's such a
variety of ethnic groups represented in Sao Paulo. Choosing a
restaurant is a challenge when there are around 12,000 of them, and a
staggering 62 different types of cuisines are on offer!
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