Angra do Reis, also known as ‘The Bay of Kings’ is one of Brazil’s most dazzling and breath taking destinations. Composed of 365 islands and over 2,000 beaches, Angra dos Reis is the tropical vacation destination of travellers' fantasies. The city’s centre is reminiscent of smaller colonial cities and boasts amazing historical monuments, churches and architecture.
Barra de Sao Miguel is a small fishing village in the heart of Bahia. The area is lined with pristine Brazilian beaches, most of which are deserted, making it a perfect place to beachcomb and get away from it all. The town itself has a few bars and restaurants, but really you come here for the beach.
Buzios is located 190km to the east of Rio de Janeiro, lying on a peninsular and contains over 25 beaches, making this an ideal destination to visit after the exertions of Rio. ‘Discovered’, by Brigitte Bardot in 1964, when it was little more than a sleepy fishing village, today it comprises of small low rise pousadas and lodges, most of which over look the ocean and surrounding bays.
The national park of Chapada Diamantina is located in the very heart of Bahia in the north east of Brazil. Literally translated it means the diamond highlands and is one of the best trekking areas inside Brazil. The park contains part of the Espinhaco Mountain range which begins to the south, in the state of Minas Gerais.
Corumbau means "distant place" in the Pataxo native language and owes its name to the wide sandy point that stretches out into the sea from the peninsula. This sums up Corumbau. It is a remote stretch of coastline in Bahia, difficult to get to, but worth it once you arrive as the endless pristine beach is worth the journey unto itself.
Fernando de Noronha is Brazil’s best hideaway. It offers a range of attractions that include snorkelling, diving, walking as well as wildlife. Its beaches have been voted the best in Brazil. An archipelago ideal for self-indulgence and relaxation, yet it also offers numerous activities for the more active.
The state of Santa Catarina lies in the south of the country and has always been a popular destination for Brazilians due its beaches and activities. The state capital, Florianopolis, lies on a peninsular off the mainland and is surrounded by beaches, both on the peninsular and on the mainland to the north and south.
Jericoacoara has more than one reason to be considered a paradise. The place is a set of several different sceneries, placed together in a very beautiful and harmonic combination, which should not only be seen, but be felt. The intense contact with nature and the sensation of freedom that the place transmits is palpable. Everywhere and every place seems so wide and spacious, this is a place which will forever live in your memories.
The Iguazu Falls are a collection of 280 waterfalls plunging into a 3 km long gorge situated on the borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Without doubt they are the best falls in the world. They are so good because unlike other major waterfalls, there are a variety of activities surrounding them.
The Marau Peninsula is a natural paradise situated between Itacare and Morro do Sao Paulo. This is a remote place with endless windswept beaches, rock pools ideal for swimming in and a place to get away from it all.
Morro de Sao Paulo is a small island situated off the southern coast of Salvador. Remotely perched at the northern tip of Ilha de Tinhare, Morro’s appeal stems from its relaxed pace (there are no cars on the island) and its unique geography: three jungle-topped hills on a point at the meeting of the mangrove-lined Canal de Taperoa and a clear, shallow Atlantic.
Located just 30 km away from Recife, Olinda is famed for its immaculate preservation of its 16th and 17th century ornate churches and colonial architecture. Olinda is famed for its carnival but more importantly its historic downtown area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is an amazing place to explore on foot
Ouro Preto was the first Brazilian town to be declared a world heritage site by UNESCO and the town is a step back into history and past human accomplishments. The town has thirteen large churches and numerous public monuments and buildings.
Situated 250km from Rio de Janeiro, this quaint colonial town epitomises what Brazil is all about; surrounded by 65 islands with over 100 beaches and a backdrop of lush mountains, combined with an historical centre containing 18thcentury churches.
Pipa is a true beach paradise. The north east coast of Brazil has long been the place to go and relax. The surrounding area has a range of fine beaches as well as sand dunes in the interior, ideal for exploring by dune buggy! The coast also has some of the best seafood in Brazil.
There are other cities in the world that have grown up backed by mountains and fronted by the sea, but none where the play of light, the shifting of shadows, the mix of colours and hues are so vibrant and mobile. Each day in Rio is slightly different from the previous one and all are strikingly beautiful.
Capital of the state of Bahia, Salvador means saviour, which reflects the religion and mysticism that is a large part of Bahian life. The city is an assault on the senses: gold-encrusted altars, colonial facades, African influenced food, sounds of street vendors shouting, the chant of a soccer crowd and the distinctive sounds and rhythm of Bahian music.
The Amazon River is the longest, widest river, with the greatest volume of water, in the world. Brazil’s mighty Amazon basin is formed from the water collected from 8 different countries, from as far south as Bolivia to as far north as Venezuela. From its source in the Peruvian Andes, it has a journey of some 6,762 km to the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean, where fresh water can still be tasted 100 km out to sea!
The Pantanal is best described as a small window of Africa in the heart of South America, without the big game! It is considered to be the world’s biggest wetland area, covering an area the size of Belgium and is situated between the states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul (to the north of Iguazu) and extends into Bolivia and Paraguay, with the majority of the Pantanal lying inside Brazil.
Trancoso was put on the map a few years ago now when a string of film stars took their holidays here. Trancoso is a place which is surrounded by untouched tropical forests with turquoise bays and white sand beaches, making a perfect get away destination.
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