(1) Rio de Janerio: This second largest city in Brazil attracts more tourists than any other city in the whole of Southern Hemisphere. The city was the capital of Brazil for nearly two hundred years and today it is famous for its carnival celebrations, beaches and natural settings. The giant statue of O Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) located on the peak of Corcovado Mountain is also a major tourist hot-spot. This is also one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Football is not only a craze in Brazil but it is a religion therefore one should be too surprised to know that some of world’s largest football stadiums are situated in the city. The carnival of Rio de Janerio, which is a festive season celebrated just before the Lent, is also world famous and attracts people from all over the globe.
(2) São Paulo: It is the largest and the richest city in the whole of Latin America and the most populous city in the Western Hemisphere. The city also has a nickname Sampa and it boasts of a number of renowned institutions of cultural importance like the São Paulo Museum of Art, Metropolitan Se Cathedral etc. Parque do Ibirapuera is a park spread over 1.6 million square meters and to the locals it is more than just a park because it compromises of the Japanese Pavilion, Aeronautics and Folklore museums and many other attractions. Jardim Botânico (Botanical Garden) is also a major tourist attraction Praça da Sé (Se Square) is considered the city centre and it there that one can experience the real life of the city.
(3) Barra Grande: Situated far from the hustle and bustle of the cities, this peaceful village on the Brazilian coast retains her charms and the traditional way of life. It is the quiet life of the village which makes it so intriguing. There are few cars and it not easy to get there but still the life at the Barra Grande in so catching that a number of tourists visiting the village fall so much in love with it that they decide to stay on. This has also changed the demography of the village; today there lives a small international community in the village along with local fishermen in harmony.
(4) Ilha Grande: It is an island situated off the coast of the Rio de Janeiro. Although virtually undeveloped, the island is appreciated for its tropical beaches, a rugged landscape and other natural scenes. There used to be a notorious prison on the island but it is closed now and the island now holds one of the most pristine parts of Brazilian Atlantic rainforest. The rich ecosystem on the island is home to many endangered species including brown howler monkey and red-browed Amazon parrot. Only small scale eco-tourism is permitted but it is still one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Brazil.
(5) Trancoso: This Brazilian town was the landing point of the famous Portuguese explorer Pedro Álvares Cabral on 21 April, 1500. He is regarded as the explorer who discovered Brazil. The rectangular shaped town was founded by Jesuit priests in 1583 and the village still retains its original style of housing architecture. The Quadrado is the main town square and each year on 20th January, a festival is held to celebrate its patron Saint Sebastian. One can find people singing São Sebastião, hoje chegou o dia, viemos festejar com toda alegria… at the festival.
(6) Armação dos Búzios: Often referred to as Búzios, this 69 square kilometre resort town is located in the state of Rio de Janerio. The city was once the hot-spot of slave trade and a haven for pirates but today, it is the 24 beaches of the city which make it such an attractive tourist destination. The Ferradura and João Fernandes beaches are famous for foods while the Armação and the Geriba highly regarded by the surfers. The night life and the restaurants in Búzios act as a magnet to the young from across the world. The area is especially popular among the Argentinean tourists.
(7) Fernando de Noronha: Situated around 350 kilometres from the Brazilian coast, this 21-island archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean is a USENCO World Heritage Site. The island was once used as a prison but now it is a famous for its flora and fauna. The Sancho beaches, the Conceição beach, the Santo Antonio Port Bay are some of the famous beaches of the archipelago.
(8) Florianopolis: Also nicknamed as Floripa, this capital city of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil is home to around 400,000 people. Forty two beaches of the city are a centre of surfing-related activities and a major contributor to the local economy. Newsweek placed the city among the “ten most dynamic cities of the world”. The Barra da Lagoa is a famous beach.
(9) The Amazon Rainforest: World’s biggest rainforest is spread across several nations on the South American continent and 60% of the forest falls in Brazil. Although the forest covers around a third of the Brazilian territory, it is the lack of information which makes it harder for the tourists to plan a trip to this place of natural beauty. Diseases have also kept the tourism industry from developing but the real problem, according to the experts, is the lack of tourism infrastructure. In spite of all this, the Amazon is among the top ten tourist destinations in Brazil.
(10) Salvador da Bahia: Known as the Brazilian capital of happiness, it is one of the oldest cities in Brazil. The complete name of the city is São Salvador da Bahia de Todos os Santos (Holy Savoir of All Saints’ Bay). This third most populous city in Brazil is famous for its cuisine, architecture and its music. The Portuguese colonial architecture in the city is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 50 km coastline in Salvador is one of the longest in Brazil and many big hotels are situated along the coast. According to The Guardian, Porto da Barra Beach in Salvador is the third best beach in the world and it is the second most attractive city in Brazil after Rio de Janerio for those who enjoy city life.