It’s hard to pinpoint just a few things that encompass and embody a country as vast as Brazil, but as much diversity as there is, a few experiences and locations still stand out above the rest as true “must-see” spots. There’s something on the list for everyone in your travel troupe: adventure, relaxation, history, exercise, happiness and exploration. Read on to find which one (or more!) of the must-see spots strikes your fancy.

Iguazu Falls

Iguassu Falls, Brazil


Get ready to get drenched by the awesome power and size of the Iguazu Falls. Incredible sights meet anyone who visits this 2.5km stretch of the Iguazu River. From your eagles-eye point of view, you can stare down into the roiling, boisterous falls and get a sense of just how massive and majestic this natural wonder is. It’s guaranteed to be an experience you won’t soon forget.

Rio de Janeiro & Cristo Redentor

You cannot mention Brazil without the country’s joyful, rambunctious and rowdy city of Rio de Janiero. There is breathtaking drama in the city’s landscape, what with its towering green mountains that plunge into the Atlantic where water meets sparkling white sand beaches. At the top of those mountains is another must-see stop. The mighty Cristo Redentor, or Christ the Redeemer, is the crowning beauty on Mount Corcovado. Here, the enormous statue stands with outstretched arms looking over Rio de Janiero and all the fun and celebrations that go on there.

Ipanema Beach

Come to Ipanema Beach to join the crowds of languorous and gorgeous people sunning themselves on the 2km stretch of sand. People-watching is a popular pastime, and enjoying the surf is another attraction of this spot in Brazil. While the main attraction of this part of Brazil is the beach, there are other parts of Ipanema to explore as well. Right off the beach is the Ipanema neighbourhood, which proves easy to navigate. You will find upscale stores, ample numbers of nightclubs and lavish restaurants. If it is your first time in the city, be sure to take a stroll down Rua Vinicius de Morais where you’ll find more shops, bars, and restaurants, including the famous Garota de Ipanema bar where the famous song “The Girl from Ipanema” was penned.

Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo is an enormous place. It is the largest city in Brazil, in the Americas, and the seventh largest city by population in the world. Touting a population of 20 million people, it’s understandable why this destination can be intimidating and a bit overwhelming for first-time visitors. Don’t fret though, with a little research; you will find your niche and be surprised by how friendly these city-living locals are. Pick up favourite haunts from them and use the shortcuts to get to the heart of the city. Gourmands, art lovers, party animals and academics alike will find a profuse sense of passion, life and artistry in Sao Paulo.

Brazilian football game

Check out the football schedule for your trip to Brazil, and try to purchase tickets to a game…any game! There’s nothing that prepares you for a game at the largest stadium in the world. Maracanã Stadium holds up to 100,000 fans who aren’t afraid to share their prideful enthusiasm for their team. Singing, dancing and drumming for hours on end makes watching a football game in Brazil a perfect blend of sports and partying.

Craft your must-see list and try to cross these favourites off your list before your holiday is over! Before you leave, be sure you have a travel insurance policy from Cover-More Travel Insurance. Travel with confidence with an international travel insurance policy in your back pocket and see the sights on offer in Brazil.

Disclaimer: Please exercise caution while travelling in Brazil and always be sure to check Smartraveller’s website for the most up-to-date precautions and travel advice.

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