Top 5 Natural Attractions of Brazil
Brazil is a beautiful country, full of natural wonder and also a great variety of scenery. From its wetlands to the rainforests, and mountains to waterfalls, Brazil makes a great vacation destination for families who enjoy exploring the outdoors. So, for all of you who love nature based tourism, here are five of the top natural attractions of Brazil.
1. Iguaçu Falls
One of the largest and most spectacular waterfalls in the world is the amazing Iguaçu Falls, situated on the border between Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this really is one of the worlds greatest natural wonders, and if you have the chance to visit you should definitely do so.
Set on the Iguaçu River, the breathtaking Iguaçu Falls can be easily accessed from the town of Foz do Iguacu on the Brazilian side, where there are plenty of places to stay. There is not just one waterfall here but many, and together they total 275 drops, covering a total width of 1.7 miles.
2. Amazon Rainforest
When we think of the natural environment of Brazil its often the Amazon Rainforest that comes to mind, and rightly so. The Amazon Rainforest is a vast area of land, over 2.1 million square miles, the majority of which is contained within the borders of Brazil. It accounts for more than half of the worlds remaining rainforest and an incredible number of species of plants, insects and wildlife. In fact, its incredible to think this but new species are still being discovered frequently in the Amazon and there are still large areas of this jungle that remain unexplored.
Those parts that have been explored though offer a great introduction to a tropical rainforest, and now its easier than ever before for tourists to come and visit.
3. The Pantanal
The Pantanal is another vast area, covering around 54,000 square miles in the west of Brazil. Like Iguazu, the Pantanal is shared with two other countries, Bolivia and Paraguay, though the majority of it is here in Brazil.
A huge swath of wetlands will not appeal to everyone, but this has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its natural importance. It is one of the worlds largest wetlands after all, and is the perfect place to see birds, fish, mammals, and reptiles.
4. Chapada Diamantina National Park
The landscape within Chapada Diamantina National Park is very different to any of the above three natural wonders in Brazil, as it features mountains and valleys, with some areas rising to over 6,600 feet. The mountains are just one feature of this national park that is full of amazing scenery, including the highest waterfall in Brazil, and some excellent caves to explore.
Chapada Diamantina is located in eastern Brazil, about 250 miles inland from Salvador, and is named after the diamonds that have been discovered here in the past. Guided tours will take you to see the best features of this park.
5. Fernando de Noronha
Situated 220 miles off the coast of Brazil, the archipelago of 21 islands called Fernando de Noronha is a beautiful and relatively untouched natural attraction, and this is yet another World Heritage Site. There are numerous pristine beaches on the islands and its a great destination to enjoy diving and snorkeling. In fact this is the ultimate destination for outdoor lovers who like to get out and explore kayaking, trekking, boat tours, swimming, diving, snorkeling, dolphin watching and more can all be enjoyed on the islands of Fernando de Noronha.
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