20 amazing places to visit in Brazil before traveling the world

When planning the dream vacation, it is very common to consider visiting several international destinations and we often end up underestimating the beauties we find here in Brazil. The truth is that our country is very incredible and goes far beyond the stereotype of good beaches: they are waterfalls, mountains and green areas that leave many destinations abroad in their shoes.

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In addition to being surprised by the beauty of Brazil, many expenses that we usually have abroad are eliminated: conversion to the local currency, tickets with abusive prices and of course, contact with a very different culture.

For those who want to venture into our country, the Guide of the Week made a list of 20 incredible places to visit in Brazil before traveling the world ! Check out our gallery below:

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UBATUBA (SÃO PAULO)

UBATUBA (SÃO PAULO)

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UBATUBA (SÃO PAULO)

Ubatuba , on the north coast of São Paulo, is known for its clean and paradisiacal beaches. The place is a reference when it comes to crystalline and greenish waters, perfect for those who want to escape the chaos of São Paulo. It turns out that the city goes far beyond beautiful beaches. Walks, trails and waterfalls are also worth mentioning.

One of the favorite beaches for surfers and sea lovers with waves, Praia Vermelha do Norte is considered one of the most beautiful in Ubatuba. The place is easily accessible by Rio-Santos and has some kiosks and good infrastructure. For those who want to surf or just visit a beautiful beach, the visit is worth it.

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SUGAR BREAD (RIO DE JANEIRO)

Cariocas – natives or by choice – know well: there are some things that everyone should do in the Marvelous City, at least once in their lives. One of the most famous postcards of the City, the Pão de Açúcar has a 360 ° view, contemplating several beaches and even the neighboring Niteroi. The cable car ride – all glazed – is done in two stages: first up to Morro da Urca, then up there. At the final destination, there are bars, restaurants and souvenir shops.

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INHOTIM (BELO HORIZONTE)

Inhotim is one of those places that everyone needs to know before they die. Created in the mid-1980s, it has transformed over time, becoming a unique place, with one of the most relevant collections of contemporary art in the world and a botanical collection that brings together rare species from all continents. The visit to Inhotim is indescribable. Some people may even think that they already have something similar, but they certainly haven’t seen it. There, we are touched by absolutely everything we see, by different senses.

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HISTORICAL CENTER OF PARATY (RIO DE JANEIRO)

The city of Paraty , in the state of Rio de Janeiro, is an incredible vacation or even weekend destination. In addition to its beautiful beaches, the place has many trails, historical tours and unique places.

Walking through its cobbled alleys is like going back in time: colorful houses, craft fairs and many charming restaurants. As if there were not enough attractions, the city is surrounded by crystal clear blue waters, which gives us several beaches and paradisiacal islands to visit. A unique charm!

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VISCONDE DE MAUÁ (RIO DE JANEIRO)

Visconde de Mauá is a mountain destination that is strategically located: between São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais! Altogether, they are 290 km away from the capital of São Paulo, being 1,800 meters high. The place has three villages: Visconde de Mauá, Maringá and Maromba, with restaurants, attractions and great accommodations in all of them! If you are looking for a quiet place, away from the hustle and bustle of big cities, this is the right destination for you!

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ARRAIAL DO CABO (RIO DE JANEIRO)

You probably have heard of Arraial do Cabo , right? If not, you don’t know what you’re missing. The paradisiacal region, located close to Cabo Frio , in Rio de Janeiro, attracts tourists and admirers of a breathtaking landscape. The beaches are somewhat exotic and very similar to the Caribbean beaches – those with white sands and very blue water – make anyone keep their mouths open, leaving that taste of ‘I want more’.

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ILHA GRANDE (RIO DE JANEIRO)

If you still don’t know Ilha Grande , you don’t know what you’re missing. The place is considered a true paradise in the middle of the sea of ​​Angra dos Reis, in Rio de Janeiro. Since cars are not allowed to enter the island, access is only by ferry or boat – from Angra, which makes the environment even more incredible and charming!

Very well preserved and full of marine animals, Ilha Grande is the type of place to fall in love and want to return several times. With trails, waterfalls and charming restaurants, the rustic climate and the breathtaking landscape will surprise you.

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MARANHENSEN SHEETS (MARANHÃO)

The Lençóis Maranhenses National Park is one of the unique places in the world where kilometers of dunes are mixed with blue-colored lagoons that reflect the sky! The landscape mixes the immensity of the 100 km of sand (it is not for nothing that it became known as the Brazilian Sahara) in a scenario that seems to have come out of a film. It is a rare natural phenomenon. Walking through the dunes and admiring the landscape from up there is something unique and enriching. The most interesting thing is that the landscape changes constantly due to the winds that shape the sands and transform the place.

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BLUE WELL (DIAMOND SHEET)

The landscape of Bahia is not just formed on the beach: in the heart of the state is one of the most beautiful scenery in the country, dotted with waterfalls, caves, canyons and valleys. The Chapada Diamantina National Park has attractions for all tastes, which spread through villages that had its heyday in the late 19th century, when the region was famous only for deposits of diamonds.

Located in the municipality of Redenção, the Poço Azul is formed by a cave followed by crystalline and bluish waters. The cave was listed by Ibama and, in 2005, an expedition with explorers from all over the world found bones of 48 species inside the lake: giant sloth, mammoth, hippopotamus, saber tooth tiger and even two human bones from 6 thousand years ago ! It is possible to snorkel and dive through the mysterious waters of the place.

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CARAÍVA (BAHIA)

You may have heard of Caraíva , a small fishing village located on the Costa do Descobrimento, on the coast of Bahia. What you probably don’t know is that the place – hitherto unknown to most tourists – is attracting more and more fans, all because of its irresistible charm, rusticity and unique beauty

There, the feeling is that time has stopped: sandy streets, small inns and rustic restaurants lull the beachy atmosphere that, although it has received a certain infrastructure, has not left aside the roots of the small fishing village. Part of its tranquility and calm can be explained by the fact that cars do not enter, so small canoes and boats are responsible for transporting tourists and locals.

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BONITO (MATO GROSSO DO SUL)

Bonito is a true paradise located in Mato Grosso do Sul. There are countless different activities and itineraries perfect for those who like ecotourism. Rivers, crystalline lagoons, caves, abseiling tours, diving, waterfalls are some of the attractions of this spectacular city

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SANTA BÁRBARA WATERFALL (CHAPADA DOS VEADEIROS)

Undoubtedly, at some point in your life you have come across pictures of Chapada dos Veadeiros and – perhaps – without even knowing where it was, you were enchanted. Yes, this is the power that the tourist attraction, located in Goiás, has; after all, with so much beauty and a unique energy, it is impossible not to fall in love.

In addition to the incredible look, Chapada also offers an esoteric footprint, which is a full plate for those who like trips in this style, considering that, among its natural beauty, there are dozens of waterfalls, very green and rocky walls. Because it is a very large area, housing several smaller cities, it is often necessary to use cars to get to the tourist spots – a good alternative is to combine the tours with the city’s travel agencies, so you can enjoy everything without worries.

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JERICOACOARA (CEARÁ)

Located 300 km from Fortaleza , Jijoca de Jericoacora , Vila de Jeri or just Jeri has become a tourist spot in recent times. Its natural beauties and the sun all year round make it the warmest atmosphere with the most popular rustic air in Brazil – for you to have a notion, there is no low season there. Duna do Pôr do Sol , Lagoa do Paraíso and Pedra Furada are some of Jeri’s incredible attractions – not to mention the calm and energizing climate that infects all visitors.

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SANCHO BAY (FERNANDO DE NORONHA)

The Fernando de Noronha Archipelago , located in the State of Pernambuco, is considered one of the most beautiful and preserved places in Brazil! Part of this fame can be explained by its paradisiacal beaches and its tropical climate all year round. The highlight is Baía do Sancho , which was once considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet. With so many qualities like that, you can’t help but fall in love, right?

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PORTO DE GALINHAS (PERNAMBUCO)

Porto de Galinhas , in Pernambuco, is one of those perfect destinations to visit at any time of the year. With crystal clear waters, paradisiacal beaches and sun all year round, it is the right destination for a family vacation, with two and with friends. Especially because, there are some of the best resorts in Brazil , a factor that makes the experience even better. Those who know Porto de Galinhas , which is also known for its natural pools in the middle of the ocean, guarantee that it is difficult to find a better place in the world

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VALLEY OF VINEYARDS (RIO GRANDE DO SUL)

In the south of the country, 120 km from Porto Alegre, Vale dos Vinhedos is located . The region, which received the first Italian immigrants at the end of the 19th century, is the main producer of wines and sparkling wines in Brazil! There are countless wineries separated by three cities, being Bento Gonçalves , Garibaldi and Monte Belo do Sul , forming the Wine Route .

The tip is to rent a car and walk the short distance between cities and wineries without haste, to enjoy the best of the incredible mountain range . There are many options for restaurants and hotels. In addition, it is possible to make this script throughout the year.

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IGUAÇU CATARATS (FOZ DO IGUAÇU)

The second tourist destination that most attracts foreigners in the country is not on the Brazilian coast, nor is it a business metropolis. With a population that fills little more than three Maracanãs, the southern region enchants by presenting visitors with one of the most beautiful natural frames on the planet: the Iguaçu Falls . With 275 waterfalls – some measure up to 90 meters high – Foz do Iguaçu shares with the neighboring Argentina Puerto Iguazu a spectacle of waters, biodiversity and extreme sports.

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CAMPECHE ISLAND (SANTA CATARINA)

We know that Florianópolis alone is already a more than mandatory tour when we pass by Santa Catarina. There, in addition to the beautiful beaches, the tip is to visit the paradisiacal Ilha do Campeche . Its wealth is proven with the title of National Archaeological and Landscape Heritage, being the only Brazilian island to receive this nomination! In addition to spectacular beaches, the island has an archaeological site, which can be visited with the assistance of tour guides.

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CAMBARÁ DO SUL (RIO GRANDE DO SUL)

Located in Rio Grande do Sul, more precisely at 980 meters in height, the city of Cambará do Sul stands out because of its valuable national treasure: imposing and beautiful canyons. The setting of countless Brazilian soap operas, the place is falling in the taste of tourists who are looking for an incredible trip in the middle of a place still unknown to many people. With national parks, waterfalls and immense canyons, the trip surprises even the most skeptical.

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AMAZON FOREST

Probably the Amazon is one of the last places you imagined to spend a vacation, isn’t it? It turns out that the place, practically unknown to tourists, reserves many surprises and incredible places. For those who enjoy contact with nature , the destination is a full plate: in addition to visiting one of the greenest places on the planet, it is possible to taste delicious typical foods, dive in freshwater beaches and enjoy breathtaking scenery.