Best Sights in Brazil
Sugarloaf Mountain, Copacabana and Christ Statue – these are probably the first buzzwords that tourists come up with in connection with vacation and sightseeing in Brazil. The by far largest country in South America has a lot more to offer its guests. Get to know Brazil from its cultural side or marvel at the natural wonders between the Atlantic and the Amazon. Every tourist should know the following ten sights in Brazil and visit them if possible.
- Christ statue in Rio de Janeiro – sight NR.1
Cristo Redentot, Portuguese for “Christ the Redeemer”, has been watching over Rio de Janeiro since 1931 with his arms outstretched. The world-famous statue of Christ stands on Mount Corcovado and measures around 30 meters from the base to the forehead. The base also houses a church where services are held regularly. The Christ statue is not only the symbol of Rio de Janeiro, but perhaps the most famous sight in Brazil.
- Copacabana – Almost a must
The Copacabana stretches for several kilometers along the Atlantic in Rio de Janeiro and is best known for its scantily clad beauties. Copacabana is connected to the city center of Rio via the “Avenida Atlantica”. Another feature of the Copacabana is the calm and clear water that invites tourists to swim in the Atlantic. Directly along the beach promenade there are many bars and shops where you can find a bargain or two.
- Iguazú waterfalls
The Iguazú waterfalls are the highlight of the national parks of the same name, which are shared by Brazil and Argentina. The national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is probably the most spectacular natural spectacle in Brazil. The total of 275 waterfalls reach a height of up to 80 meters. The largest waterfall is the “devil’s throat”.
- Capital city of Brasilia
The capital city of Brasilia offers its guests a diverse mix of architecture, culture and nature. One of the most beautiful sights in Brasilia is the Juscelino-Kubitschek Bridge, which spans Lake Paranoá and is named after a former president of Brazil. Other important sights of the city are the Palácio dos Arcos, the TV tower and the botanical garden (Jardim Botânico de Brasilia).
The Amazon is the most water-rich river in the world and covers around 6,500 kilometers on its way from the Andes to the Pacific. Most cities and regions along the Amazon can hardly be reached by land or not at all. As a result, a partly unique flora and fauna has formed in the rainforests, which can be explored, for example, as part of river cruises on the Amazon.
- Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro
The landmark known as “Sugar Loaf Mountain” is a granite rock in the Bay of Guanabara that is almost 400 meters high. If the “Sugarloaf Mountain” already offers an impressive view when viewed from the ground, the view over the Atlantic and Rio de Janeiro from the summit is indescribable.
- San Salvador
The former capital of Brazil is best known for its old town with its well-preserved colonial buildings. With almost three million inhabitants, San Salvador is also a lively city with many entertainment options.
With just 40,000 inhabitants, Parati is almost village-like by Brazilian standards. This is also reflected in the old town, which is paved with brains and takes its visitors on a journey through time to the 17th century. Parati is a tourist insider tip between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.
- Fernando de Noronha
This group of islands, named after a Portuguese seafarer, is a good 300 kilometers off the coast in the Atlantic. The main island of the same name is the only inhabited island in the archipelago and is best known for its diverse fauna with hundreds of fish and coral species.
- Lencois Maranhenses
Lencois Maranhenses offers at first glance a contradicting contrast between desert and lake landscape, which is why it is also considered the most water-rich desert in the world. The lakes are the result of very heavy and long-lasting rainfall during the rainy season from January to July, hardly a drop of rain falls in the other half of the year.