Places To Visit in Brazil

Here are the top 6 tourist places in Brazil

1. Rio-de-Janeiro

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The most vibrant city of the most vivacious state, Rio de Janeiro is synonymous with beaches, music, parties and a whirlwind of cultures. It is the epicentre of beach culture around the world, an exotic combination of laid-back and energetic, all coloured in with the world's most popular carnival, t...

Best Time: December to March

2. Sao-Paulo

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Embodying the vibrant spirit of Brazil, Sao Paulo is a haven for Brazilian culture, being the largest city and financial centre of the country. Culture and history flows out of every nook and corner, as this city was historically a part of the Portuguese and British colonies. As such, the cityscape ...

Best Time: April to May

3. Manaus

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Manaus, the capital of the state Amazonas, is located at the confluence of Negro and Solim_es river and is the second largest city in Northern region of Brazil. Located in the heart of Amazon rainforests, the cosmopolitan metropolis serves as the gateway to the world's largest tropical rainforests. ...

Best Time: July to September

4. Belo Horizonte

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Belo Horizonte, the capital to Brazil's second most populous state Minas Gerais, is the sixth largest city in Brazil. Nicknamed as the garden city, BH is famous among travellers for its beautiful natural setting amidst the mountains combined with its cosmopolitan charm.

Best Time: April and May

5. Brasilia

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Brasilia, the federal capital of Brazil, is a planned city known for its modern architecture and artistic urban planning. A result of an ambitious urbanization project, the city was built from scratch in the central highlands of Brazil in 1956 and was inaugurated as the capital in 1960. A landmark i...

Best Time: May to July

6. Fortaleza

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Fortaleza, capital of the state Cearö is the fifth largest city in Brazil with a population of around 4 million. Located on the north-eastern coast of the country, Fortaleza is one of the most popular destinations in the country and attracts more than half a million visitors every year. The city is ...

Best Time: June to December

FAQs on Brazil

What is the currency of Brazil?

Brazilian Real is the only accepted currency in the country. All major cards are accepted at hotels, restaurants and in few taxis as well. ATMs are easily available throughout the country, though it is advised to carry some Brazilian Real before entering the country. Keep the in hand cash in small denominations to avoid counterfeited large bills, also paying for goods in cash makes you eligible for some discounts.

What is the history of Brazil?

The present day Brazil was inhabited by hunter-gatherers as early as 10,000 BC. However, the country's history begins with Portuguese colonization at the beginning of 16th century when Pedro Alvares Cabral first discovered the land in April, 1500. Initially starting with trading relation, the colony soon expanded and was under the direct rule of the Portuguese king. The colony flourished with sugar trade to Europe, and African slaves were bought to work on these plantations. The native Indians were also enslaved, and most of them died due to a number of epidemics which came with the Europeans. While being a colony, Brazil saw a boom in the likes of gold and coffee, leading to many people settling in the interior of the county. After Napoleon's conquest of Portugal in 1808, the King and his entire court shifted to Brazil which resulted in the construction of towns, buildings, libraries, and theaters, all of which are now prominent tourists destinations today. The country gained independence in 1822, and a large number of European immigrants settled here from the 1870s which has resulted in the great cultural diversity seen in the country today.

What is unique about culture of Brazil?

The multicultural Brazilian Society traces its roots to centuries of Portuguese colonization, under which the indigenous, African and Portuguese cultures mingled to create a unique and diverse culture famous all over the world. The dominant religion of Brazil is Christianity, and about 80% of the population practices Roman Catholicism, which was brought here by the colonizers. Portuguese is the official language of Brazil, and a vast majority of the population speaks Portuguese as well. Not many people speak English here, even if you speak Spanish, you might be able to communicate only a little bit. Thus, it is advised to learn some basic Portuguese before you travel. Use 'Oi' for Hello, 'Por favor' for please, 'Bom Dia' for Good Morning and 'Boa Noite' for Good night.

How is Brazil divided into regions?

One can experience a great diversity in the five geographical regions of the country. The North is the home to the world's largest rainforest, Amazon, and is a prime destination for adventure and nature lovers whereas the Northeast boasts of an impressive coastline and ethnic diversity in traditions and culture. Head out to explore the largest and most visited cities of the country, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo and the colonial era towns of Minas Gerais in South East or witness the fey charm of the ultra modernistic architecture in the Central West region. The South is known for its high living standards and urban cities and is characterised by its European influences.
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