While we are in Brazil to watch the world’s best footballers battle it out in the FIFA World Cup 2014, we are also using the opportunity to see some of the most interesting sites in the world– both man-made and natural. Here’s our choice of the top five places in Brazil that you should visit:

The Many Attractions of Rio de Janeiro:

Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain, Copacabana Beach, Ipanema Beach … We could go on and on. Rio’s world famous attractions and unique Carioca culture make it the one city in Brazil that you cannot afford to miss. From football at the Maracana to street parties in Lapa to world class art exhibits at the CCBB (which is currently hosting a retrospective of Dali’s works – the largest in Brazil) there is something for everyone in Rio.

To learn more about the city and plan your trip, please check our Rio de Janeiro page.

Manaus and the Amazon:

Manaus is the capital of the Amazonas, the largest state of Brazil. The city serves as a starting point to exploring the Amazon rainforests which not only represent over half of the world’s remaining rainforests but also constitute the largest collection of plants and animals anywhere in the planet. Expect to be amazed by the biodiversity on display – from trees to insects to fishes (Piranha hunting anyone?). Manaus’ unique culture and heritage best represented through landmarks like the Teatro Amazonas have made this another stop on our itinerary.

To learn more about the city and plan your trip, please check our Manaus page.

Cuiaba and the Pantanal:

Cuiaba, the capital of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, serves as the gateway to the Pantanal – the world’s largest wetland, the way Manaus works as the starting point for the Amazon. While the Pantanal is smaller in size than the more famous Amazon, it offers a distinct advantage to wildlife lovers compared to the latter. The savannah grassland makes observing birds and animals a lot easier here in contrast to the Amazon where the best specimen might be in the tree canopy 100 feet above your head. The area is teeming with Yacare caimans (alligatorid crocodylians), and while jaguars might be a bit evasive you can expect to see capybaras, the hyacinth macaws, the giant anteaters and the ring-tailed coatis.

To learn more about the city and plan your trip, please check our Cuiaba page.

Sao Paulo – the Brazilian Metropolis:

Sao Paulo is the largest city in South America and the fourth largest metropolis in the world. But Sao Paulo is much more than that filled as it is with hundreds of world-class restaurants, theaters and cultural centers, nightclubs and bars. With something for everyone, this diverse city is Brazil’s answer to New York and London.

To experience its unique “Paulista” culture and to plan your trip to the city, please check our Sao Paulo page.

The Beaches of Recife:

Recife is the fifth-largest metropolitan area in Brazil and the capital and largest city of the state of Pernambuco. It is also the perfect place to explore some of the finest beaches in Brazil and by extension in the world. Porto de Galinas, about 45 minutes south of Recife has been rated the “best beach in Brazil” multiple times by the readers of “Viagem e Turismo” (“Travel and Tourism”), a popular Brazilian travel magazine. You can also relax in the picturesque white sands of Praia dos Carneiros located In the beach town of Tamandare about an hour south of Recife.

To learn more about the city and plan your trip, please check our Recife page.

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