Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Brazil (with Map & Photos)

Brazil is one of the largest countries in the world and most of the country is located in the tropics. Thus, it contains a huge number of very interesting geological and biological attractions, including the largest rainforest in the world - the Amazon rainforest.

Brazil is full of unexpected discoveries. It is the birthplace of football, coffee, TV series, and capoeira. Among Brazilians, there are many personalities known throughout the world: athletes, writers, top models, inventors, architects, and religious leaders. Sao Paulo attracts travelers from all over the world. The unique Cathedral of this city is decorated with coffee beans. The Karakol National Park will delight you not only with marvelous views but also with heady smells because it is buried in blooming hydrangeas. Tourists rush to these parts
to see the amazingly beautiful waterfall.

1. Statue of Christ the Redeemer (Christ the Redeemer)

Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro is the most famous statue of Jesus in the world and a symbol of Rio, as well as the main attraction in Brazil.

The idea of ​​placing a large Christian monument atop Mount Corcovado in Rio dates back to 1850 when a local Catholic priest asked Princess Isabella for money to build the monument, but she refused. Construction began only in 1926 and ended in 1931.

Christ the Redeemer is considered the largest art deco statue in the world. It is the 5th largest statue of Jesus in the world with a height of 30 meters not including the 8-meter pedestal. The arms of the statue are spread 28 meters wide. Christ the Redeemer is located at the top of the 700-meter Corcovado mountain.

Statue of Christ the Redeemer
Statue of Christ the Redeemer, abstract on the topic of attractions in Brazil

2. Iguazu Falls

One of the most impressive sights in Brazil, the Iguazu Falls are simply amazing, with about 275 waterfalls located on a 3-kilometer stretch. This is a real miracle of nature. The impressive natural power and noise from the cascades of the waterfalls will remain in your memory for a long time, not to mention the jungle that surrounds the waterfalls. In the area of ​​the Iguazu Falls, the borders of 3 states, Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay converge.

The Iguazu Falls are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Iguazu Falls
Iguazu Falls, Brazil Landmarks

3. Amazon River

The Amazon River has the world's largest water basin, which covers almost half of South America. The Amazon is the second longest river in the world, formed by the confluence of the MaraƱon and Ucayali rivers. The Amazon Basin is home to a variety of Native American cultures, as well as a vast array of wildlife and an impenetrable jungle.

Amazon River
Amazon River, Attractions in Brazil

4. Rio Carnival

Brazil and carnival are synonymous words, it is difficult to imagine Brazil without a carnival. Carnivals in Brazil are held in every corner, but the largest and most famous carnival is undoubtedly the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro. Rio Carnival attracts two million people a day to the streets of the city and almost half of them are tourists. Carnival in Rio lasts 4 days. Carnival in Rio these days is everywhere, in the streets and squares, in bars and clubs, and in all other corners of Rio.

Rio Carnival
Rio Carnival, Attractions in Brazil

5. Pantanal

A large tectonic depression in Brazil, which is almost completely swampy, is the Pantanal. The Pantanal is located in the Paraguay River Basin and is one of the largest and most diversified freshwater wetland ecosystems in the world. The Pantanal is also one of the main tourist attractions in Brazil. It is believed that the Pantanal in Brazil is the best place to see wildlife.

Pantanal, Brazil Landmarks

6. Salvador Beaches

The colorful city of Salvador is a jewel of Brazil's cultural identity. While Rio in the south became a cosmopolitan center, El Salvador retained a strong cultural identity. Founded in 1549, El Salvador was the capital during the heyday of the slave trade.

One of the central beaches of El Salvador, Porto de Barra is perfect for a relaxing break, splashing in the sea and sunbathing. Farol da Barra beach has great views, especially during sunset, and is also very popular with surfers due to its high waves. Plakaford Beach is designed for families by nature, with calm waters and soft sandy beaches. To the south of the city, there are many beautiful beaches, which include Tinhare and Boipeba beaches.

The historic city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Salvador Beaches
Salvador Beaches, Brazil Landmarks

7. Historic Center of Olinda

After being founded in 1535 by the Portuguese navigator Duarte Coelho, Olinda quickly became a thriving city thanks to the sugar trade. Sugar at that time was in great demand on the international market and when the city was at the peak of its participation in the sugar market, several religious orders, including the Jesuit order, settled in Olinda, thanks to which the city has many monasteries and churches, as well as a beautiful historical the center of the city, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Historic Center of Olinda
Historic Center of Olinda, Attractions in Brazil

8. Fernando de Noronha

Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago of 21 islands and islets in the Atlantic Ocean. Its pristine beaches, landscapes, and wilderness attract tourists from all over the world. The island is also home to one of the largest nesting colonies of seabirds in the South Atlantic, This unique ecological clean place is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and most of the archipelago is located in the Brazilian National Marine Park. 

The archipelago was discovered by Amerigo Vespucci (1454-1512), an Italian merchant and cartographer in 1503.

Fernando de Noronha
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil Landmarks

9. Teatro Amazonas

The Amazonas Theater (Teatro Amazonas), or Opera House, is located in Manaus, in the heart of the lush Amazon rainforest. Construction of the theater began during the heyday of the rubber trade, using materials from all over the world, with furniture from Paris, marble from Italy, and steel from England. The theater was covered with 36,000 small ceramic tiles painted in the colors of the Brazilian flag.

The world-famous Italian tenor Enrico Caruso was the first to perform on the stage of the theater on January 7, 1897.

Amazonas Theater Brazil Landmark
Amazonas Theater Brazil Landmark

10. Ouro Preto

Founded in the late 17th century, Ouro Preto (Black Gold) was the center of Brazil's gold rush and golden age in the 18th century. With the depletion of gold mines in the 19th century, the city's influence declined, but churches, bridges, and fountains remain as a testament to the past prosperity and exceptional talent of the Baroque sculptor Aleijadinho, who worked in Ouro Preto.

Ouro Preto
Ouro Preto, Attractions in Brazil