Much more than the host of the 2014 Soccer World Cup, Brazil has a lot to offer. Besides the footballing fervor, the country has plenty of heavenly destinations, festivals and many events that you won’t want to miss!
Take a few samba steps
The passion for music is felt everywhere in Brazil. Brazilians do not miss a chance to sing, dance and play a musical instrument even in the streets. Rio de Janeiro is home to several samba schools and each of them trains dancers who practice in front of an audience before performing at carnival.
The beaches of Florianópolis
The city of Florianópolis has 42 beaches, which makes it a destination of choice to enjoy the sun and the sea. Each beach offers an activity or a peculiarity of its own. You will therefore certainly find the one that suits you best. The most popular is Praia Mole, surrounded by green hills and rocky mountains. Lagoinha do Leste follows in second place and is instead surrounded by sand dunes.
Sailing in the Regata da Jangadas
White sand beaches and warm waters are what Brazil is famous for all over the world. The proximity to the sea also allows many extraordinary adventures. The annual Regata da Jangadas sailing festival attracts crowds who gather on the shores of Fortaleza to see the hundreds of participating sailboats parade. For a particularly spectacular view of the event, you can take a jangada ride, a traditional Brazilian fishing boat.
Admire the sunset at Arpoador
The city of Arpoador is located south of Rio de Janeiro, in a small peninsula between Ipanema and Copacabana. Recognized as a particularly pleasant place for walking and surfing, the view of the sunsets is also spectacular. The crowd gathers there at dusk to admire the spectacle. The thing is all the more romantic if you visit Arpoador on June 12 since it is Dia dos Namorados, the Brazilian equivalent of our Valentine’s Day.
Climb to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain
The site is among the most popular in Rio de Janeiro. Sugarloaf Mountain rises 396 meters above sea level with breathtaking views. The summit is accessible by funicular originally built in 1912 and renovated in 2008. The climb offers incredible views of the city. The site also includes 60 hiking trails, making it a popular spot for adventurers. The monolithic mountain is made of granite stones and there is very little vegetation on its cliffs.
Visit a sacred place
Seen from the outside, the Dom Bosco Brazilian sanctuary does not have much to offer spectacular. When you step inside, however, you will feel something deeply sacred. This design masterpiece is made up of 80 concrete columns that support 7,500 pieces of Murano glass illuminated in 12 different shades of blue. The effect is mystical. Dom Bosco was an Italian saint who dreamed of a utopian city.
Cool off at Iguazu Falls
Brazil’s Niagara Falls stretches for 2.6 wild kilometers, making it the most remote falls in the world. Iguaza Falls crosses the border into Argentina, the Brazilian side offers a better view of the grandeur of this natural splendour. Its highest point rivals New York‘s Flatiron Building and stands at 269 feet. The national park in which the falls are located is also an exotic wildlife sanctuary with the presence of wild ocelots, jaguars and coatis.
Spend a day with Cristo Redentor
Also known as Christ the Redeemer, the site is arguably the best known in Brazil. The 28-meter-tall statue is perched atop Mount Corcovado in the Tijuca Forest National Park, which overlooks the city of Rio de Janeiro. About three million visitors come to the feet of Cristo Redentor every year. If you plan to visit, be sure to pick a day with good visibility. Rio de Janeiro having a tropical climate, thunderstorms and storms are quite frequent and the view may be compromised.
Go on a hike
Brazil is a paradise for hikers. For a short half-day outing, Corcovado, Pedro Bonita, and Dois Irmãos Mountains near Rio are all good, accessible, low-adventure choices. If you fancy something tougher, you can try the climb of Mount Theresopolis, which is a three-hour drive from the city. The trail climb takes two days, but the scenery at the top is well worth it.
Discover Brazilian culture at the folklore festival
This cultural gathering takes place in the town of Passo Fundo every two years. The locals call the event “A Terra de Gente Boa” which means “The land of good people”. From August 15 to 23, the mission of the festival is to celebrate the cultures of the world through different tales and legends that promote peace. You will therefore be able to discover the cultures of different peoples and learn more about their literary folklore.