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Brazil sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

A country of colourful carnivals and festivals, Brazil attracts guests not only because of its fantastic celebrations, but also with its numerous places of interest. The capital of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, remains the most visited city of the country. Without a doubt, Rio is internationally known by its symbol – the Statue of Christ the Redeemer that is located on the top of Corcovado Mountain. The statue is a part of National Park that occupies a plot of land of more than 3 thousand hectares. There are more than ten interesting museums in Rio de Janeiro. Tourists are recommended to visit the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Indians, the National Museum of Fine Arts, Ethnographic Museum, the Museums of History and Art, the Museum of Stones and the Museum of Republic. Guanabara Bay is considered the most beautiful place of the capital and features fantastic views.
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There is a small town of Buzios not far away from Rio. The town is mostly famous for its secluded bays, cosy parks and beautiful botanic gardens.

Football fans simply cannot leave Brazil without visiting Sao Paulo. This is where the legendary stadium Pacaembu is located. The “king of football” Pele played at this stadium. Many people call Sao Paulo a “miniature Chicago” because of numerous skyscrapers and buildings with glass walls. Many of these high rise buildings have observation decks installed on top floors.
The city of Brasilia is home to numerous landmarks. Sometimes the city itself is called a unique architecture project. From a bird’s eye view the shape of the city resembles an airplane. Every part of the “airplane” has its specific purpose – wings are residential quarters, administrative and cultural centres are the body. There is a large botanic garden in Brasilia, and tourists with kids are recommended to visit the local zoo. Finally, fans of architecture places of interest will like an excursion to Metropolitana Cathedral. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Amazonia is the most mysterious and picturesque region of the country. This part of Brazil is rich in dense tropical forests, fast rivers and crystal clean lakes. Amazonia is often called “the lungs of the world” – there are simply no so many trees and plants anywhere else in the world. During many years of work, scientists have managed to detect and explore only a third of all plants that grow in Amazonia.

History and Entertainment

Little is known of the early history of Brazil. As archaeological researches have shown, the first settlements on its territory were formed in the 17th century BC. The discoverer of Brazil is famous Portuguese navigator Pedro Alvares Cabral. His team boarded the coast in 1500. Only 33 years later, the period Portuguese colonization began. It had been lasting for over 500 years. The colonial country became a large slave trade center. New settlers used it to cultivate sugar cane and coffee plantations. The country gained independence from Portugal in 1822. Then, the country had been seeing a period of political conflicts and upheavals for over 150 years.
The luxury hotels in Brazil, deserving attention of the most discerning traveler.
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Brazil is famous for its breathtaking carnival that annually takes place in Rio de Janeiro. The main event of the carnival is a festive costume parade, for which the people in Rio prepare for a year. Each of the participants intend to impress everybody with the costume. The best dance and creative groups of the country take part in the carnival. In recent years, the carnival in Rio is organized for tourists. They can participate in interesting entertainments, as well as in food and cultural programs.
Brazil is a popular center of beach recreation. The most popular beaches of the country are also located in Rio de Janeiro. They are quite big, so even in the midst of the tourist season, you will not have problems with finding a comfortable place for your leisure. The beach of Copacabana located here is one of the longest in the world. It is covered with beautiful golden sand. The length of the unique beach is over 6 000 m. There are multiple hotels, shopping malls, restaurants and other entertainment venues.
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You can diversify your vacation in Brazil with walking along local markets and shopping malls. One of the most popular products bought by shopping enthusiasts is Brazil coffee. They also buy beautiful items and accessories of gems made by local craftsmen. If you want to bring a more extraordinary souvenir, you should pay your attention to colorful hammocks that are one of the main national symbols. As for practical gifts, you can give your priority to items of natural leather of high quality.
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Fantastic City Tours and Excursions in Brazil

Reference information
Map of all parks
National and city parks of Brazil
♥   World Heritage Site 'Cerrado Protected Areas: Chapada dos Veadeiros and Emas National Parks' . On the map   Photos
♥   World Heritage Site 'Iguaçu National Park' . On the map   Photos
♥   Park 'Parque Estadual Da Ilha Do Cardoso' . On the map   Photos
♥   Park 'Parque Estadual De Ilhabela' . On the map   Photos
♥   Park 'Parque Estadual Acarai' . On the map   Photos
Map of all Michelin restaurants
Michelin-starred restaurants in Brazil
♥   Restaurant 'Baby Beef Rubaiyat - Itaim Bibi' São Paulo. Type - meats and grills. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Baby Beef Rubaiyat - Jardins' São Paulo. Type - meats and grills. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Barbacoa' São Paulo. Type - meats and grills. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Bazzar' Rio de Janeiro. Type - modern. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Bistrô Charlô' São Paulo. Type - international. On the map   Photos
Map of all castles
Castles of Brazil
♥   Castle 'Castelo Garcia d’Ávila' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Castelo João Capão' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Castelo Mourisco' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Castelo Simões Lopes' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Castelo de Araras' . On the map   Photos
Map of all palaces
Palaces in Brazil
♥   Palace 'Palácio Araribóia' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Palácio Brocoió' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Palácio Campo das Princesas' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Palácio Farroupilha' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Palácio Grão Pará' . On the map   Photos

Famous and uniques places in Brazil from our review series

Goncalo de Carvalho Street

From the series “Top 13 most fantastic and colorful streets and quarters”
In the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre there is an amazing street Goncalo de Carvalho. Its length is 500 meters. Both sides of the street are decorated with tall trees, crowns of which merge to form an incredibly beautiful natural arch. If you look at this street from a bird's-eye view, it will seem that instead of the busy highway a carpet of green leaves lies there. Huge Tipuana trees were planted along the road more than 80 years ago. Over the decades, they have grown to an impressive size. Closely intertwined branches form a natural canopy over one of the most bustling and busy city streets.

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Serra da Capivara National Park

From the series “Famous UNESCO Sites in South America”
The world famous Serra da Capivara National Park is in the northeastern part of Brazil. The place is famous not only for its natural attractions, but also for priceless monuments of rock art. The first archaeologist who explored these amazing places, was Nede Gideon. After his discovery, the amazing park was recognized as a World Heritage Site. The area of Serra da Capivara is more than 1 200 square km. Since the first archaeological expeditions, research doesn't stop here.

The park can be safely called a true open-air exhibition of the rock art. Some of the rock paintings discovered here were made more than 10 000 years ago. Most drawings depict scenes of hunting. There are also drawings dedicated to the life of local residents and housekeeping. The ancient drawings have another … Read all

Santuario de Bom Jesus de Matosinhos

From the series “Famous UNESCO Sites in South America”
The church complex called Bom Jesus de Matosinhos is situated in the Brazilian city of Congonhas. The sight was built in the 18th century. That's the striking architectural monument in the Baroque style. The white church is characterized by marvelous interiors. Numerous pristine decorations, including beautiful sculptures inspired by biblical motifs, have survived within its walls. The beautiful church was built by the famous architect Francisco Lima Cerqueira. The construction was completed in 1773.

Since its opening, the church has been striking with a number of unique architectural features that have been quite untypical for those times. Elaborately carved soapstone was used to decorate the facade of the church and some parts of its interior. Some fragments of these carvings have … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Brazil

Sao Paulo
Modern Sao Paulo is the industrial metropolis of skyscrapers that reminds of the old Chicago. However, despite numerous grey buildings you can always find seclusion in Sao Paulo if you visit the magnificent Ibirapuera Park or enjoy planted green areas Alameda Santos and Morumbi. You will feel the true spirit of history if you visit the City Museum of Art, which presents the history of art in its chronological order, including a Roman marble statue created in the II century BC. Here you will … Read more
Rio de Janeiro
Santa Teresa District. The district of Santa Theresa is located outside the center of Rio on several cool hills. This is an old colonial quarter, a bohemian place, a haven for artists and intellectuals. You can easily spend a night or more here, staying in one of numerous hotels and hostels opened in historic buildings. In the evening, the main square of the quarter Largo do Guimaraes is filled with music and fun. It is also not difficult to reach Santa Teresa Square from the center by a … Read more
Salvador
Cultural symbols of the city include the martial art of "Capoeira ". It is believed that Salvador is one of the cities where it originated. Capoeira is a cross between classical martial arts and Brazilian dances. Performances of capoeira masters are extremely popular among visitors to the city. It is believed that capoeira is much more popular than football in Salvador. Residents of other Brazilian cities can hardly boast such a passion for a particular sport. Walking through the city streets, … Read more
Florianopolis
Travelers are attracted not only by the variety of entertainment and magnificent beaches but also by the unique atmosphere reigning in the city. The state of Santa Catarina is usually referred to as the so-called "white states" of Brazil. The fact is that a significant part of the local population is descendants of European immigrants. A few centuries ago these picturesque places began to be actively mastered by immigrants from Germany, Italy, and Portugal, therefore an original international … Read more
Natal
The city was founded by Portuguese immigrants on December 25, 1599. The day of its foundation miraculously coincided with one of the most significant religious holidays in Portugal - Christmas. It was decided to name the new city in honor of the holiday: in translation from Portuguese Natal means "Christmas". The permanent population of the modern city is more than 800 000 people, a significant part of the locals is engaged in tourism. The tourist sector remains one of the main economic … Read more
Fortaleza
Dragao do Mar is the cultural district of the city. You will also find several popular museums here. We simply cannot fail to mention Memorial Museum of Art and Culture that stands out from all cultural facilities of the city. You will also find a theater and a planetarium near it. The fans of active rest will also not get bored here - Dragao do Mar is the location of several large amusement parks, entertainment complexes and playgrounds. The center of the city is mostly notable for its old … Read more

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