Top 5 Natural Attractions of Brazil
Brazil is a beautiful country, full of natural wonders 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
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 world's greatest natural
wonders, and if you have the chance to visit you should definitely do
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 it's 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 world's remaining rainforest and an
incredible number of species of plants, insects and wildlife. In fact,
it's 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 it's 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 world's 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 it's 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
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