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Welcome to Brazil

Wherever you are in Brazil, the infectious sound of samba drifts from bars; platters of perfectly roasted meats and obsidian-black beans line tables; and cheerful ois (hi, in Portuguese) erupt from the mouths of lively locals. In Rio de Janeiro, the legendary Copacabana and Ipanema beaches are set against the dramatic backdrop of Corcovado, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and the outstretched arms of Christ the Redeemer. Full-day sightseeing tours tick off all of the city's highlights, while the Selaron Steps, Rochina favela, and a samba show are typically form part of the itinerary, too. But Rio is just the beginning. The sprawling metropolis of São Paulo—Brazil's most-populous city—reveals its cultural heft on a panoramic tour, while nature buffs will be charmed by the Amazon rain forests of Manaus, home to numerous biodiverse species. In the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Iguassu National Park, the Iguazu Falls (Foz de Iguacu) create a thundering roar, and in Salvador, historic African influence dictates the vibrant energy of the city. Myriad private and group tours help visitors experience it all with skip-the-line entry to top sights, simple transportation options, and local perspectives. And Brazil borders almost every country in South America—only Chile and Ecuador are excluded—making it the ideal starting point for any South American trip. Begin with New Year's Eve or Carnaval, two of Rio's most spectacular celebrations, before journeying across the continent.

Top 10 attractions in Brazil

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Christ the Redeemer Statue (Cristo Redentor)

Christ the Redeemer Statue (Cristo Redentor)

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Keeping a watchful eye over the people of Rio de Janeiro, the iconic Christ the Redeemer Statue (Cristo Redentor) sits atop Corcovado Mountain at 2,300 feet (700 meters) above the city. Unveiled in 1931 and voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, this impressive monument is often credited as the most iconic site in Brazil.More
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Amazon Rainforest

Amazon Rainforest

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The largest rain forest on Earth, the Amazon spans more than 2 million square miles (5.5 million square kilometers). Home to around 40,000 species of plants, several thousand species of birds, more than 400 mammals, and millions of different insects, it’s one of the planet’s vital organs—and an adventurer’s playground.More
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Iguaçu Falls (Cataratas do Iguaçu)

Iguaçu Falls (Cataratas do Iguaçu)

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Iguaçu Falls (Cataratas do Iguaçu), the largest waterfalls system in the world, are truly awe-inspiring to behold. Though Argentina boasts better trails around the falls, Brazil is blessed with the best views of this natural marvel’s 275 separate cascades, which span the border between the two countries. Take in full-frontal views of Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo), San Martin Island, and more from the short-but-sweet catwalks that wind their way around the Brazilian side of Iguaçu Falls.More
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Sugarloaf Mountain (Pao de Açúcar)

Sugarloaf Mountain (Pao de Açúcar)

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It’s easy to see why Rio de Janeiro was nicknamed the “Marvelous City” when you’re gazing down at it from the heights of Sugarloaf Mountain (Pao de Açúcar). From its soaring 1,300-foot (396-meter) summit, the city unfolds around you, with views of the iconic Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, the Tijuca Forest, and the Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) statue standing tall atop Corcovado Mountain to the west.More
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Copacabana Beach (Praia de Copacabana)

Copacabana Beach (Praia de Copacabana)

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Rio de Janeiro’s legendary Copacabana Beach evokes images of white-sand shores, sun-kissed volleyball players, tourists sipping agua de coco out of bright green coconuts, and bikini-clad revelers partying long into the night. And for the most part, that’s pretty accurate. Add in a touch of local carioca (Rio residents) flavor and a splash of the obscure, and it becomes obvious how thousands of people easily spend entire days (and nights) wholly entertained on the world’s most famous beach.More
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Maracana Stadium (Estádio do Maracana)

Maracana Stadium (Estádio do Maracana)

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The gigantic Maracanã Stadium (Estádio do Maracanã) is one of the most iconic soccer temples in South America, built to open the 1950 World Cup. The site holds the record for the largest attendance at a World Cup Final thanks to the 199,854 paying spectators who crammed into the stadium in 1950 and also hosted the FIFA World Cup Final again in 2014 and the Rio Olympic Games in 2016. Officially known as MárioFilho Stadium but called Maracanãafter the small river that runs alongside it, the arena is now a historical site dedicated to its former use as a world-class arena and event venue.More
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Tijuca National Park (Parque Nacional da Tijuca)

Tijuca National Park (Parque Nacional da Tijuca)

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Prior to the 19th century, Rio de Janeiro was surrounded by Atlantic rain forest. Today, all that remains is the 13-square-mile (33-square-kilometer) jungle known as Tijuca National Park (Parque Nacional da Tijuca). Studded with tropical trees knotted together by jungle vines, the world’s largest urban forest is home to ocelots, howler monkeys, more than 300 bird species, waterfalls, and one of Rio’s iconic landmarks, the Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) statue standing atop Corcovado Mountain.More
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Amazon River

Amazon River

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The mighty Amazon River and its enormous, thickly forested basin are the heart of South America and the guardian of 20 percent of the Earth’s fresh water. Visitors from around the globe come to Iquitos to cruise the river’s storied waters and catch a glimpse of diverse fauna both above and below the surface.More
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Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden (Jardim Botanico)

Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden (Jardim Botanico)

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A serene, verdant oasis in the midst of bustling Rio de Janeiro, the city’s Botanical Garden (Jardim Botânico) offers a chance to see and learn about both Amazonian and imported plants. There are over 6,500 species of plant contained in the 133-acre (54-hectare) plot, as well as an important research facility and botanical library.More
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Crystal Palace (Palácio de Cristal)

Crystal Palace (Palácio de Cristal)

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The city of Petrópolis (also known as the Imperial City) was founded upon royal opulence and wealth, and this is reflected in the lavish design of the city’s Crystal Palace (Palacio de Cristal). The ornate iron-and-glass structure was originally used as a hothouse for growing orchids and is now a venue for various cultural events.More

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Top activities in Brazil

Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Brazil

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Jericoacoara is a not...
William_L, Aug 2021
Full Day Tour to Jericoacoara from Fortaleza
However it was not in English as advertised and the guide was not bilingual.
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Well run tour of essential Rio
Deborah_B, Jan 2022
Rio Sunset Tour Including Sugarloaf, Christ the Redeemer, Cathedral and Selaron
He was able to provide timely, accurate, and interesting information to all the tour participants in English, Spanish, and Portuguese!
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Indescribable View and Exeperience
Kierra_B, Jan 2022
Hiking Tour to Pedra do Telégrafo (Telegraph Rock)
I did fall from the rock and caught my self from slipping down the side of the mountain :-(.
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Great informative, tour. Very inclusive tour honoring the people that live in Favelas ❤️
April_H, Jan 2022
Favela Tour Rocinha and Vila Canoas in Rio de Janeiro
I want to see the people and learn about the history and culture.
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The BEST PART of Brazil!
Kierra_B, Jan 2022
Rocinha Favela Walking Tour
They were sooo excited to see Americanos who looked like them!
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Living The High Ligh in Rio
Nomads_W, Nov 2021
Hang gliding in Rio de Janeiro
Carlos didn’t speak much English so we were able to communicate with the little Spanish I do know.
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Great Intro to the Rio-Lapa Nightlife
Gene_W, Oct 2021
Lapa Palooza
She spoke perfect English.
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Incredible and Unique experience in the Amazon
Eva-and-Fatime, Sep 2021
Tour VIP - Rio Negro e Amazonas
We also stopped to see pink dolphins, turtles, and large river fish.
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Great Tour
JacobN, Nov 2020
Rocinha Favela Walking Tour
Carlos had very good English and a deep knowledge of the favela and their history in Brazil.
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A must do in Rio
Robert_W, Feb 2020
Full Day in Rio: Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf, Maracana and Selaron with Lunch
THE best way to get a wonderful overview of Rio for your first day, we saw all of the must sees, plus driving thru the streets to see the street art, houses etc and at the end a wonderful buffet with authentic Brazilian food included, our guide was very knowledgeable speaking 5 languages....
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Positive Rio De Janeiro experience
Anneli_P, Feb 2020
Full Day in Rio: Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf, Maracana and Selaron with Lunch
We had only one day in Rio and were able to see all important sightseeing spots.
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An Excellent Tour
dyenomoto, Jan 2020
Brazilian Falls, Bird Park and Itaipu Dam from Foz do Iguaçu
This tour is very good for seeing Iguassu Falls on the Brazilian side, the Bird Park, and the Itaipu Dam all in one day.
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Iguassu Falls
dilip_p, Nov 2019
Full Day Iguassu Falls Both Sides - Brazil and Argentina
Simply amazing tour of both sides of the falls.
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Rio full day tour
RONALDANTHONY_L, Oct 2019
Full Day Complete Tour of Rio de Janeiro
Gabby’s English skills were excellent (not always the case with Brazilian guides).
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Fantastic Favelas
Karen_B, Aug 2019
Private Walking and Cultural Tour Rocinha-Rio de Janeiro
This was a fab trip, great to see the real Brazil, eating and drinking in the favela.
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Favela tour
715manleyc, Sep 2018
Favela Walking Tour in Rio de Janeiro
A great way to see the other side of beautiful Rio!.
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Amazing! Since the falls are almost...
alexbog8, Jun 2017
Brazilian Falls, Bird Park and Itaipu Dam from Foz do Iguaçu
Since the falls are almost all in the argentinean side, with this tour you have a panoramic view of the falls, which was great!
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This was a culturally fulfilling...
Robert H, Oct 2017
Salvador African Heritage Private City Tour Including Afro-Brazilian Museum
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and spoke good English.
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An absolutely amazing and...
David E, Oct 2017
Day Trip to the Argentinian Side of Iguassu Falls from Foz do Iguaçu
The views of the falls from the Brazilian side are great but they are far far better from the Argentinian side.
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Our guide was excellent, very good...
Christina H, Aug 2017
Biking and Hiking Tour from Copacabana to Two Brothers Hill
The motorcycle taxi was great fun, and walking back through the favela was my one chance to see how many Brazilians really live.
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