Most people will have probably seen articles on the beautiful Rio de Janeiro where the Statue of Christ the Redeemer looks over a city with magnificently beautiful beaches and equally beautiful people but, as the fifth largest country in the world, with the fifth largest population, there is far more to Brazil than just Rio. So join me as we discover brazil tourist attractions that are perhaps not so famous.
One thing that many people will know about Brazil is that the Amazon River flows through it and although the river is second in length to the River Nile, it is the largest in the world in terms of water flow. This river is so vast because it receives rainfall from 1/10th of the world’s rainforests and is therefore an area thriving with diverse wildlife. Perhaps the best place to observe some of this wildlife is from the Amazónia National Park located in the State of Pará, Brazil. The park that covers an area of over 900,000 ha is best visited between July and December, when the rains have subsided. Although access to the park can be obtained by air, river or bus, the park has no places for accommodation and so most visitors stay aboard boats just outside the park perimeters, affording them an opportunity to witness some of the extraordinarily beautiful sights that the mighty Amazon can provide, yet are seen by so few.
Iguacu Falls is located where Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina meet and is accessible from either Brazil or Argentina. Both taller and wider than Niagara Falls, with 450,000 cu ft. of water flowing over it every second in the rainy season, these horseshoe shaped waterfalls are very impressive. Although almost twice the amount of the falls is accessible from the Argentina side than from the Brazil side, it is only from Brazil where you can take a helicopter in order to view the falls from the best vantage points.
Jericoacoara is located on Brazil’s North-eastern coastline about 300kms north of Fortaleza which is the capital of the State of Ceará. Nestled between immense white sand dunes and swaying palms, this idyllic setting was for no more than a fishing village until 1985. Now as a National park it is frequented by many visitors who come to enjoy, not just the streets of sand and laid back atmosphere but also the windsurfing and kite surfing. Once devoid of electricity and other more modern technologies, since becoming a National Park these have now arrived but are still under strict controls; no street lights are allowed. The lack of street lights will not be able to stop you from finding a thriving night life though; all you have to do is follow the sound of the music where you will find a party going on, usually on the beach. Many visitors are drawn to an isolated, large sand dune in the evening which affords magnificent views of both the village and a beautiful sunset.
Yes, it isn’t just in Rio where you can have a great time; Brazil is full of wonders waiting for you to see and the people are just as beautiful and friendly anywhere in the country, as they are on the better known beaches.