Brazil is the biggest country on the South American continent, and with that size, comes also the various different climates which make Brazil so fantastic to visit. Most of the country is tropical, so for tourists looking for warm weather, and a lovely time at the beach, Brazil is a perfect choice. However, different places in Brazil feature an equatorial, oceanic, subtropical, and semiarid climate, so the country has something to offer, even to the people who aren’t huge fans of the tropic.
The Brazilian tourist industry has seen steady growth over the past few years. In fact, the country receives over 3 million foreign visitors on average, annually. Among Brazil’s cities, the most visited, by far, seem to be Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, and Sao Paulo. So, for those of you planning your next trip, these are the must-see destinations in Brazil.
Christ the Redeemer
If Rio de Janeiro is the city you’ve chosen, it is safe to say that you simply cannot miss out on seeing the marvelous statue of Jesus Christ overlooking the city. Built in the Art Deco style, it was designed by the Polish-French sculptor, Paul Landowski, and built by Heitor da Silva Costa. The size, grandeur, and artistic merit which the statue boasts have earned it a place among the New Seven Wonders of the World. It is one of the few attractions that is a must-see upon visiting Brazil.
The Gavea Hippodrome
Sticking to Rio de Janeiro, for all of you gamblers out there who enjoy a few games of poker, slots, roulette, or horse racing, the Gavea Hippodrome is one of the most popular and best Brazilian casino you can find. Famous for its race horses, the Gavea Hippodrome has a capacity up to 80.000 and can seat as many as 3000 people. If you are a fan of gambling, and especially horse racing, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Gavea.
Among one of the most spectacular sites in the world, the Iguaçu Falls are located at the border between Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. It is here that the Iguaçu river drops in the form of 250 waterfalls, creating a spectacular scene, that can only, truly be experienced when witnessed. The waterfalls are a spectacular site, and are protected by UNESCO, as the rain forest where they are in are home to a number of endangered species. And speaking of the Iguaçu Falls…
The Amazon Rain Forests
It wouldn’t be a trip to Brazil, if we don’t mention the Amazon rain forests. More adventurous tourists can hire a guide to walk through the forests, however, for those of you who don’t like the idea of being unprotected and alone in the wilderness, several boat trips are organized daily, which guide tourists through the forest, and describe the flora and fauna which can be found within.
But what would a vacation in Brazil be, if you don’t spend some time in the sun, or go for a swim in the ocean. Among Brazil’s numerous, gorgeous beaches, the most acclaimed is the Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro. Situated under a beautiful mountain, the beach offers gorgeous scenery and a great way to cool off.