Four places to go in Brazil

You can pack a lot into a two-week trip to Brazil – the city of Rio, the beaches and Iguassu Falls should all be on your ‘must see’ list

Iguassu Falls

The falls stretch over 3km at the intersection of three countries.  The Brazil side is where you’ll see the falls from a distance for a panoramic view as well as an opportunity to get up close. There are over 275 waterfalls across this UNESCO World Heritage site and it’s well worth seeing them from all angles on the Brazilian and Argentinian sides.
 
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Paraty

Take in the colonial town of Paraty and its laid back vibe.  The architecture is in the colonial Portuguese style and you can take a walking tour (or pub crawl) through the cobblestone streets during the evening.  The whole town is car free to keep the colonial feel and is a great opportunity to chill out for a few days.  The must do in Paraty is the Caipirinha boat trip. Leaving regularly from the harbour, the flotilla of boats go to swimming spots and stop at sandy beaches on a full day out on the water.

 

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Ilha Grande

Another great place to relax and enjoy the beach, Ilha Grande offers beachside bars and the opportunity to water taxi to nearby secluded beaches.  Lopes Mendes Beach is rated one of the best beaches in Brazil and shouldn’t be missed.  Either take the water taxi and short hike or spend the day hiking to the secluded sandy beach.  Don’t forget to bring cash to Ilha Grande as there are no ATMs on the island.
 
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Rio de Janeiro

Spend at least three days in Rio de Janeiro to get the most out of the beachside city.  Take the cable car to Sugar Loaf Mountain for great views of Copacabana beach, learn about the history of the colourful Lapa Steps and walk up to Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain
 
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