The largest South American country, which is also the fifth largest in the world, is none other than Brazil. The beauty and extravaganza of this nation are hard to be put to words, but the Lonely Planet goes pretty close saying “Brazil’s attractions extend from frozen-in-time colonial towns to otherworldly landscapes of red-rock canyons, thundering waterfalls, and coral-fringed tropical islands. Then there’s Brazil’s biodiversity: legendary in scope, its diverse ecosystems boast the greatest collection of plant and animal species found anywhere on earth.” No matter whether you are looking forward to a budget backpacking journey or a luxurious vacation abroad, here are 10 reasons why you must visit Brazil and soak in its beauty.
10 Reasons Why You Must Visit Brazil
1. The beaches and islands are absolutely gorgeous.
Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Brazil has more than 5000 miles of coastline with above 2000 beaches to choose from and 500+ picturesque island paradises, and it might just get difficult for you to hop around all of them! (I would say that one visit to Brazil won’t be enough! You better make your checklist and plan out which all beaches you want to cover.) Some of the most happening beaches around Rio De Janeiro area are Copacabana beach, Ipanema beach, Leblon beach, Barra da Tijuca and more.
For those who are keen on island hopping, can set out and explore the pristine beaches of Fernando de Noronha archipelago.
If you are looking forward to some laid-back days, with a little bit of fishing and sunbathing sprinkled with a lot of relaxation, then the perfect place for you would be the coastal village of Buzios.
2. Get awed by the beauty of the Iguazu Falls.
While the landscape of Brazil will keep surprising you at every step, the beauty of the Iguazu Falls is nothing less than a magnificent spectacle where 275 streams combine to form the world’s largest waterfall system. These streams originate from the Iguazu River, which forms the boundary between Brazil and Argentina and is accessible from both the countries.
The best way to experience the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls is by hiking through the Iguazu National Park (also marked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Get to the Devil’s Throat, considered the most spectacular spot in the park, and enjoy a postcard-perfect view of the cascades.
3. Traverse through the jungles of the Amazon basin.
Around 30% of the world’s remaining forests are to be found in Brazil and it’s totally worth exploring. Humans have been performing inhuman acts of deforestation for years. And the thickness of the rainforests have undergone tremendous changes, but still, if you wish to fill your lungs with freshness, then what can be better than this? Housing more than 100,000 tons of living plant life and at least 2,200 fishes, 1,294 birds, 427 mammals, 428 amphibians, and 378 reptile species (Wikipedia), this place is nothing less than a paradise for nature lovers. You can choose to walk through the forest trails (keep your insect repellent handy!) or try out zip lining or canyoning.
Also, you can take a boat ride on the Amazon River from the city of Manaus in northern Brazil. If you are lucky, you might just get to spot Pink Dolphins (locally known as Boto) which are nearly up to 2.7 meters long and over 130 kilograms in weight! It’ll be truly an experience of a lifetime and this is one of the reasons why you must visit Brazil.
4. The weather is simply incredible throughout the year!
While traveling, we mostly have a concern regarding the weather. “Will it be very cold?” or “Is it really hot there?” But when planning a trip to Brazil, you need not think much – ‘coz the tropical weather is pleasant throughout the year. Seasonal rainfall keeps happening, keeping the day temperature lower. The average temperature during the summer months would be around 22°C to 25°C, while the lowest during winters would be around 12°C .
The weather around the coasts would always be warm and sunny during the daytime, and you can sunbathe as long as you wish to!
5. The Brazilians are simply adorable!
One of the best reasons why you must visit Brazil is that you’ll get to meet so many lovely people. Brazilians, in general, are extremely warm and friendly people. You might come across a bartender on the beachside who’ll start chatting with you as if you’re a long lost friend! A souvenir-selling uncle might just ask you to visit his place for a cup of coffee; and your tour guide might tell you his life story. Tourism is a hugely integral sector of the country’s economy and Brazilians make a point to abide by it. And if you can speak a little bit of Portuguese, then you’ll be on a roll, my friend!
6. Get dazzled by the Brazilian Carnival.
You must have dreamt of joining the Carnival every time you watched it on television, then why procrastinate any longer? The annual festival of Brazil, Carnival takes places every year during Spring, 40 days before Christmas. The entire city streets come alive with parades and a euphoric celebration of dance, song, fun & frolic! Rio De Janeiro has set a benchmark when it comes to Carnival. You have to witness for once in life! Don’t forget to pack the most colorful dress in your wardrobe, because you need to wear it and join in the celebrations!
7. Join a volunteering project and make a difference.
In spite of the economic growth, Brazil still has a huge underprivileged population living in the favelas. There are a lot of volunteering opportunities in Brazil, being a part of which you can contribute in your own way to make a difference to the developing society. You can volunteer as a teacher; or give a hand to paint graffiti and murals; or be a sports coach in a land where football is in everyone’s blood. This will further enrich your journey and bestow you with the perks of being a responsible traveler.
8. Pump up and join the adventure sports!
You must be knowing that the country plays host to many competitions, tournaments, and races. Brazil is a great destination for those are seeking an extra dose of adrenaline rush! Having a long coastal stretch, the country is widely popular for the adventure sports, (water sports to be specific) and you can try out everything from surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, stand up paddling, rowing, rafting, sailing, and boating etc. The list would just go on and give more reasons to why you must visit Brazil!
Step out of your comfort zone, get rid of your fears and make sure not to miss out experiencing the thrill.
9. Binge on the delicious cuisine!
Brazilian cuisine is characterized by the African, European, and Amerindian influences, and they are just too good to be missed out! In fact, a foodie like me can just spend a week or more to try out all that the beach shacks and authentic restaurants have to offer the travelers. Try out different sorts of barbecued meat, that include sausages & queijo coalho (squeaky cheese-on-a-stick); Frango churrasco (grilled lemon & garlic chicken) etc.
Brazilians also love their portions of starch and you’ll find a lot of rice and potato-based dishes, glazed with a whole lot of cheese. And of course, you can miss trying out a bowlful of açaí sorbet, a refreshing drink that’s available at every café, bakery, juice bar and supermarket across the country. You can even buy açaí vodka and açaí beer. So if you are a foodie, the delicious Brazilian cuisine is another reason why you must visit Brazil
10. Soccer, Samba & more!
Last, but not the least, when one hears of Brazil, probably the 3 things that flash on the mind are – Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio, craze for soccer and the moves of samba!
A country that has performed outstandingly in all FIFA World Cup Tournaments and given us stars like Pelé, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Kaká and others. You can feel that the game is in the blood of the people! Go and watch a live match in the stadium, and you’ll be absolutely thrilled to absorb the maddening vibes! And if you wanna take something back from the country, then probably you can attend a few Samba classes and pick up some easy moves to groove.
Being a country that has an immensely rich history and cultural heritage; breathtaking landscapes and warm people, there are endless reasons why you must visit Brazil.
Guess it’s time that you start planning your next holiday, and keep Brazil on the top of your bucket list!