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Rio de Janeiro's Carnival

For many travelers the Carnival is the one and only reason to go for vacations to Brazil. The world's most famous Carnival is the four-day holiday and it takes place just before Lent in February or early March. For many Rio de Janeiro is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world offering great sightseeing opportunities. It is uniquely situated on a narrow strip of land between mountains, sea and white sand beaches. Rio is also known for its vibrant and diverse cultural life with hundreds of events like live shows and expositions. Dance, music, beach, sport and sun are present everywhere.

Iguaçu Falls

Iguacu Falls, Brazil
Iguacu Falls
photo by Justin Otto
If your Brazil vacation plans include a trip to the south of the country, the Iquacu Falls are the top sightseeing tourist destination there that cannot be missed. About 275 different, impressive, enormous waterfalls are located at the Argentinian border. Surrounded by tropical rainforest and volcanic rock cliffs, the waterfalls make this place one of the most incredible sights in our natural world. Due to the subtropical climate and landscape in the park you can also find there abundance of interesting flora and fauna. The best time to visit is between August and November.

You can also take a rafting tour on the Iguaçu river, just beneath the aterfalls.

Parque Estadual do Caracol

The park is located 9 km (5.6 miles) from Canela, a holiday resort in the Serra Gaúcha, in the Quilombo valley 141km (88 miles) north-west of Porto Alegre. The main tourist attraction of the of Parque Estadual do Caracol is the 130 m (427 ft) high, free-falling waterfall - Cascata do Caracol. You can watch the waterfalls from the top as well as walk to the base of it. The best time to admire the waterfalls is in the morning sun.

Seven Cities National Park

Another sightseeing marvel of Brazil is the Seven Cities National Park (Parque Nacional Sete Cidades). It is a small park (62 sq km/24sq mi) filled with natural rocky sculptures, a record of geological transformations of the past 190 million years. The bizarre rock formations, shaped like anything you can imagine, make a fantastic landscape and a perfect photo opportunity for tourists. The park is situated in the north of the Piaui State, in the northeastern part of Brazil.

Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve

Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve (Reserva de Desenvolvimento Sustentável) is located in the Brazilian state of Amazonas, near the city of Tefé, halfway between Manaus and the Peruvian border. It covers 57,000 sq km (22,000 sq miles) of tropical Amazon rainforest and is listed under the Ramsar Convention as an Internationally Important Wetland (since 1997), as a Biosphere Reserve (since 2002).

The park is one of the best places to see the true Amazon wildlife. There are plenty of animal and bird species (white uakari monkey, howler monkeys, brown capuchin, squirrel monkeys, black caymans, sloths, river dolphins, over 400 identified bird species including Harpy eagle, hoatzin and many species of parrots) that can be easily sighted. A perfect spot for nature lovers on vacation to Brazil.


Manaus, a city with a population of 2 million, lies in the heart of the Amazon. Worth seeing are many impressive colonial buildings and the magnificent Teatro Amazonas, a 19th - century famous opera house. Manaus is also a base for tourist exploring the mid-Amazon region. There are several jungle lodges up and down the river in the vicinity of Manaus that offer a variety of sightseeing tours and activities.

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