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Things to do in Brazil

Carnivals, beaches and rainforests on your Brazil vacation

A round-trip to Brazil must be planned well – after all, the South American country is one of the largest in the world! And there are undoubtedly several things to do – from marveling at waterfalls to sampling fresh fruit and, of course, taking part in the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro! Music is an intrinsic part of life in Brazil, and the rhythms of samba are steeped in its fabric. 

Its cities and towns offer diverse charms – while Rio de Janeiro has everything from beaches to a vibrant nightlife – no trip to Rio de Janeiro is complete without a visit to the Copacabana beach – colonial charm is the flavor of Paraty. The modern capital city of Brasilia is popular for its architectural marvel, the Cathedral of Brasilia, Sao Paulo is bustling with markets and other cultural attractions, while a calm vibe greets you in Buzios. Nature lovers have plenty to enjoy in the county: there are several national parks to explore such as Serra da Capivara National Park, Lençois Maranhenses National Park and Iguaçu National Park among others. You also have the ecologically diverse Amazon Rainforest, the wetlands of Pantanal.

Here is a list of the top things to do in Brazil curated by our Enchanting Travels specialists, which should definitely be part of your Brazil travel guide

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Aerial view of Christ Redeemer and Corcovado Mountain, Brazil, South America

1Enjoy City Life, Beaches and Views in Rio de Janeiro

The dream city of Rio de Janeiro offers everything your heart desires – the endless sandy beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, vibrant city life as well as fantastic views of the Pão de Açúcar or the Sugarloaf Mountain and the Corcovado on which rests the gigantic statue of Christ the Redeemer. Visit Rio de Janerio once and you will surely want to return again!

Other popular attractions in Rio de Janeiro include the Escadaria Selaron, a series of must-see steps, the work of Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón, Tijuca forest, a tropical rainforest in the city, and of course watching a football match at the Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro!

Carnival Rio, Festivals in South America

2 Attend the Carnival in Rio

What would Brazil be without the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro? The best Samba schools in the country showcase their skills once a year at the Carnival. There is music, song, dance, floats, performances…little wonder then that the Carnival is often described as the biggest carnival in the world!

Whether in the famed Sambadrome or out on the streets across the city, the Carnival is an experience you must enjoy at least once in your life and is easily one of the top things to do in Brazil.


3 Discover a Hidden Paradise in Buzios

The quaint fishing village of Buzios is set just three hours from bustling Rio. Here, time seems to pass more slowly than in the rest of the country. Stroll along shimmering blue expanses of water and live the relaxed lifestyle of the locals when you travel to Buzios.

At night, saunter along the cobblestone street Rua das Pedras, with its boutique shops, restaurants, and lively bars. Hollywood icon Brigitte Bardot was a fan of Buzios’ natural beauty, and it’s not hard to see why!

Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil, South America

4Head to the Amazon in Manaus

The city of Manaus offers a gateway to the lush green Amazon forest. Take a leisurely cruise on the Amazon river and discover the incredible flora and fauna in one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world!

Admire the mighty Rio Negro (Black River) and Solimões River as they join to form the Amazon River at the Meeting of the Waters – one of the top things to do in Brazil.

Enchanting Travels Brazil Tours Jaguar, Panthera Onca, Female, observed by unrecognizable tourists crossing Cuiaba River, Pantanal, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, South America

5Take a Photography Tour in the Pantanal

The largest marshland in the world, Pantanal is ideal for photography tours in Brazil. It is also home to an overwhelming number of native plant and animal species. The National Park and the reserves are together designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The jungle lodges in the region are a highlight in themselves: built in harmony with nature, they still offer all the worldly comfort you can wish for.

Estaiada Bridge in Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America

6Explore Sao Paolo

The bustling metropolis of Sao Paulo is oft neglected by travelers albeit unjustly! The twelve million-strong city boasts modern architecture, the unusually picturesque Parque do Ibirapuera and countless art museums, such as the São Paulo Museum of Art, brimming with world-class treasures. 

Sao Paulo is the largest city in South America is not to be missed on your tour of Brazil!

Streets and church of historical center in Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America

7Sample Culture and Heritage in Paraty

Beautifully preserved, the charming old town of Paraty takes history buffs and culture travelers back in time. Many buildings in Paraty date back to the 17th century. Find the architectural influence of freemasons left across the town.

This colorful colonial town also boasts picture-perfect surroundings including idyllic white sandy beaches, lush green mountains and azure lagoons.

Part of The Iguazu Falls seen from the Argentina National Park, South America

8Marvel at the Iguazu Falls in Brazil

Most definitely on our list of top things to do in Brazil, this is a highlight you simply cannot miss! While you can view the Iguazu Falls from Argentina, it is only the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls that offers you a panoramic view of this incredible natural phenomenon where you can marvel at more than 270 waterfalls! 

From Foz do Iguacu, you can also visit the Jesuit Ruins of San Ignacio, which have recently been included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Boote bei Dämmerung (Picinguaba, Brasilien)

9Discover an Unspoiled Beach in Picinguaba

Insider Tip from the Enchanting Travels team: Go off the beaten track on your tour of Brazil with a visit to idyllic Picinguaba. Soak up the sun on the unspoiled beaches and savor the fresh catch of the day at one of the many quaint restaurants.

There’s scenic tropical fauna reminiscent of the Caribbean, deep blue waters and beaches calling you for a leisurely stroll and a refreshing bath – the perfect destination for those looking to do something different in Brazil!

Breakfast buffet at San Martin Foz do Iguacu Hotel in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

10Relish a Fresh Fruit Feast During Your Stay in Brazil

Brazil is undoubtedly a paradise for fruit lovers: try the vitamin-rich Acai berry, Caju (whose kernels, the cashews, are also available around the world), or the deliciously sweet and juicy guavas.

Visit the local markets to pick up and savor the fresh produce, a true culinary delight!

Discover all the best things to do in Brazil by booking your vacation with our experts at Enchanting Travels. Contact us for your tailor-made and obligation-free tour itinerary.

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