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The Tijuca is all that’s left of the Atlantic rainforest that once surrounded Rio de Janeiro. This 39-sq-km tropical-jungle preserve is an exuberant green, with beautiful trees, creeks and waterfalls, mountainous te…
TOP CHOICE NATIONAL PARK IN LENÇÓIS

Parque Nacional da Chapada Diamantina

Spanning over 1520 sq km and containing within it innumerable species of plants and animals, deafening waterfalls and vast, rugged plains, Parque Nacional da Chapada Diamantina is a natural wonder that has drawn hik…
TOP CHOICE MOUNTAIN IN BOTAFOGO, HUMAITÁ & URCA

Pão de Açúcar

Seen from the peak of Pão de Açúcar, Rio is undoubtedly a Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City). There are many good times to make the ascent, but sunset on a clear day is the most rewarding. Two cable cars connect to…
TOP CHOICE BEACH IN COPACABANA & LEME

Copacabana Beach

A magnificent confluence of land and sea, the long, scalloped beach of Copacabana extends for some 4km, with a flurry of activity along its length: over-amped soccer players singing their team’s anthem; cariocas (Ri…
TOP CHOICE WATERFALL IN PARANÁ

Parque Nacional do Iguaçu

Brazil’s second-oldest national park, created in 1939, protects one of South America’s most magical and majestic sights, Iguaçu Falls, part of the largest waterfall system in the world. The 1200m-long Trilha das Cat…
TOP CHOICE BEACH IN IPANEMA & LEBLON

Ipanema Beach

One long stretch of sun-drenched sand, Ipanema Beach is demarcated by postos (posts), which mark off subcultures as diverse as the city itself. Posto 9, right off Rua Vinícius de Moraes, is where Rio’s most lithe an…
TOP CHOICE WILDLIFE RESERVE IN RIO NEGRO BASIN

Reserva Extrativista Baixo Rio Branco-Jauaperi

This newly minted extractive reserve is an outstanding place to immerse yourself in the best the Amazon has to offer, with excellent wildlife-watching – if you’re here to see the Amazon in its pristine state, this p…
TOP CHOICE MONUMENT IN FLAMENGO & AROUND

Cristo Redentor

Standing atop Corcovado (which means ‘hunchback’), Cristo Redentor gazes out over Rio, a placid expression on his well-crafted face. The mountain rises straight up from the city to 710m, and at night the brightly li…
TOP CHOICE WATERFALL IN PARQUE NACIONAL DO IGUAÇU

Jardim Botânico

This exotic 137-hectare garden, with more than 8000 plant species, was designed by order of the Prince Regent Dom João (later to become Dom João VI) in 1808. The garden is quiet and serene on weekdays and blossoms w…
TOP CHOICE BEACH IN PARATY

Cataratas do Iguaçu

Once you’re in the park and ready to visit the falls, take the Parque Nacional do Iguaçu bus to the third stop at Belmond Hotel das Cataratas. Here you can pick up the main waterfall observation trail, Trilha das Ca…
TOP CHOICE PARK IN FERNANDO DE NORONHA

Parque Nacional Marinho de Fernando de Noronha

Covering around 70% of the main island and all the surrounding sea, Parque Nacional Marinho de Fernando de Noronha contains most of the archipelago’s must-see sights including its three best beaches and all of the s…
TOP CHOICE MUSEUM IN BELO HORIZONTE

Instituto de Arte Contemporânea Inhotim

The world’s largest open-air contemporary art museum, and greater Belo Horizonte’s standout attraction, this sprawling, world-class complex of gardens dotted with 23 modern art galleries and numerous outdoor sculptu…
TOP CHOICE HISTORIC BUILDING IN CENTRO & AROUND

Edifício Copan

Copan was designed by late modernist master Oscar Niemeyer. The building, with its serpentine facade and narrow brises soleil (permanent sunshades), is Sampa’s most symbolic structure. You can visit its snaking, slo…
TOP CHOICE GERMAN IN BLUMENAU

Abendbrothaus

This Sunday-only feast is the most coveted table in Santa Catarina for marreco (stuffed Garganey, a kind of small duck); in fact, the menu’s only item begins its journey to your stomach at 6am, when Josefa Jensen be…
TOP CHOICE BRAZILIAN IN AVENIDA PAULISTA, JARDINS & AROUND

Maní

Rustic-chic Maní will astound you. Run impeccably by the 2014 Veuve Cliquot World’s Best Female Chef, Helena Rizzo, it’s often rightfully touted as Sampa’s best Brazilian restaurant. The inventive slow-cooked egg (1…
TOP CHOICE SEAFOOD IN RIBEIRÃO DA ILHA

Ostradamus

Atmospheric tables line the glass-enclosed deck at this incredibly cinematic seafood restaurant. You can slurp oysters served over a dozen ways, but don’t fill up on those – the outstanding and incredibly presented …
TOP CHOICE MARKET IN CENTRO & AROUND

Mercado Municipal

This covered market is a belle epoque confection of stained glass and a series of vast domes. Inside, a fabulous urban market specializes in all things edible. It’s also a great place to sample a couple of classic S…
TOP CHOICE NATIONAL PARK IN MARANHÃO

Parque Nacional dos Lençóis Maranhenses

Maranhão’s premier attraction, this 1550-sq-km national park encompasses expanses of white sand dunes that run along the coastline for more than 70km and up to 50km inland. The park is also home to beaches, mangrove…
TOP CHOICE BEACH IN CAMPECHE

Praia do Campeche

The 3.5km Praia do Campeche is one of Floripa’s five-star beaches, an absolute stunner of sun-kissed perfection with wind conditions lending themselves to fantastic surfing and kitesurfing. Desolate dunes and poundi…
TOP CHOICE CLUB IN BALNEÁRIO CAMBORIÚ

Green Valley

One of the two world-renowned mega dance clubs in Balneário Camboriú, whose name is often tossed about in the ‘World’s Best Club’ conversations among internationally famous DJs.
TOP CHOICE BEACH IN FERNANDO DE NORONHA

Baía do Sancho

The most stunning stretch of sand on an island of magnificent beaches, Baía do Sancho is a protected cove of brilliant turquoise waters backed by forest-clad cliffs. The difficult access – visitors must either desce…
TOP CHOICE CLUB IN SÃO PAULO

D-Edge

With one of the city’s most remarkable sound systems and a roster of world-famous DJs, this mixed gay-straight club is a well-established venue for the club scene and remains a ‘don’t miss’ for fans of electronica; …
TOP CHOICE BEER IN BLUMENAU

Oktoberfest

A festive parade kicks off nearly 20 days of folk music, dancing and beer drinking that ranks as the world’s second-biggest German party after Munich. A smaller Sommerfest takes place in January.
TOP CHOICE NATIONAL PARK IN TERESÓPOLIS

Parque Nacional Serra dos Órgaos – Teresópolis Entrance

About 6km south of Teresópolis, off the BR-116 Rio–Teresópolis highway, you’ll find the main (and most accessible) entrance to magnificent Parque Nacional Serra dos Órgaos, which offers some of Brazil’s most dramati…
TOP CHOICE STADIUM IN ZONA NORTE

Maracanã Football Stadium

Rio’s Maracanã stadium is hallowed ground among football lovers. The massive arena has been the site of legendary victories and crushing defeats. Maracanã played a starring role in the 2014 World Cup when it hosted …
TOP CHOICE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE IN PIAUÍ

Parque Nacional da Serra da Capivara

One of Brazil’s most important national parks, this 1300-sq-km reserve contains more than 40,000 rock paintings among spectacular panoramas of immense chiseled rock formations surrounded by dry forest. The scenery a…
TOP CHOICE CANYON IN CAMBARÁ DO SUL

Parque Nacional de Aparados da Serra

Located 18km southeast of Cambará do Sul, this magnificent park occupies 102.5 sq km on the border between Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina. It’s here that vast, uninspired pasturelands give way to a series of s…
TOP CHOICE DAM IN FOZ DO IGUAÇU

Itaipu Binacional

With a capacity of 14 million kilowatts, this binational dam is the world’s second-largest hydroelectric power station, and the one that produces the most electricity per year. The impressive structure, at some 8km …
TOP CHOICE SQUARE IN BRASÍLIA

Praça dos Trés Poderes

This square is a focal point of the city design, a synthesis of the ideas of architects Niemeyer and Costa, combining various monuments, museums and federal buildings. The space includes striking sculptures, includi…
TOP CHOICE PARK IN RIO DE JANEIRO STATE

Parque Nacional Serra dos Órgãos

Created in 1939, this high country park straddling the Serra dos Órgãos (Organ Pipe Range) just north of Rio is best known for its spectacular mountain scenery, superb climbing opportunities, and extensive trail sys…
TOP CHOICE NATIONAL PARK IN GOIÁS

Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros

This spectacular national park in the highest area of the Central West showcases the unique landscape and flora of high-altitude cerrado across 650 sq km of pristine beauty. With high waterfalls, raging canyons, nat…
TOP CHOICE MUSEUM IN RECIFE

Oficina Cerâmica Francisco Brennand

Francisco Brennand, born in 1927 into an Irish immigrant family and now considered Brazil’s greatest ceramicist, revitalized his family’s abandoned tile factory to create his own line of decorative ceramic tiles. Th…
TOP CHOICE STATE PARK IN IPORANGA

Parque Estadual do Alto do Ribeira

This 357-sq-km state park, with its 450 cataloged caves, is known as Brazil’s Capital das Grutas (Cave Capital). The park’s Núcleos de Visitação (Visitor Centers) are well-set-up with information on cave trips, guid…
TOP CHOICE MUSEUM IN AVENIDA PAULISTA, JARDINS & AROUND

Museu de Arte de São Paulo

Sampa’s pride, this museum possesses Latin America’s most comprehensive collection of Western art. Hovering above a concrete plaza that turns into an antiques fair on Sunday (and acts as a protest gathering point al…
TOP CHOICE CHURCH IN SALVADOR

Igreja NS do Bonfim

This famous 18th-century church, located a few kilometers north of Comércio on the Itapagipe Peninsula, is the source of the fitas (colored ribbons) you see everywhere in Salvador, a souvenir of the church and a sym…
TOP CHOICE NATIONAL PARK IN PETRÓPOLIS

Parque Nacional Serra dos Órgaos – Vale do Bonfim Entrance

Up a dirt road in the foothills 20km northeast of Petrópolis, this remote entrance to Parque Nacional Serra dos Órgaos grants immediate access to a variety of trails for all fitness levels. The easiest is the short,…
TOP CHOICE BRAZILIAN IN CENTRO & AROUND

A Casa do Porco

Chef Jefferson Rueda’s casual temple of swine is a wonderful descent into all things pork. Delicious and decadent specialties such as porco san zé (R$48 per person) offer the full treatment, carved from an eight-hou…
TOP CHOICE GARDENS IN GÁVEA, JARDIM BOTÂNICO & LAGOA

Praia da Trindade

About 25km south of Paraty, Trindade occupies a long sweep of stunningly beautiful coastline. Here you can lounge or hike along four of Brazil’s most dazzling beaches (Cepilho, Ranchos, Meio and Cachadaço), with sur…
TOP CHOICE CULTURAL IN PIRENÓPOLIS

Festa do Divino Espírito Santo

Pirenópolis is famous for performing the story of Festa do Divino Espírito Santo, a tradition begun in 1818 and more popularly known as As Cavalhadas. Starting 50 days after Easter, for three days the town looks lik…
TOP CHOICE BRAZILIAN IN PINHEIROS, VILA MADALENA & AROUND

Tuju

Delicate flavors and unconventional Brazilian ingredients inventively spun to delight your taste buds are hallmarks of top chef Ivan Ralston, who still greets and chats to foodies despite his recent fame as the 45th…
TOP CHOICE MUSEUM IN CAMPO GRANDE

Museu das Culturas Dom Bosco

Built on the site of a Bororo burial ground, this superb museum is divided into two parts. One is a collection of over 10,000 insects and stuffed flora and fauna, while the other is a visually striking, unmissable i…
TOP CHOICE FOREST IN PARÁ

Floresta Nacional do Tapajós

If you came to the Amazon to see primary rainforest, look no further than the Floresta Nacional do Tapajós. Wildlife is a possibility – from birds to primates and even the (very) occasional jaguar – but it’s the sen…
TOP CHOICE NATURAL POOL IN PORTO DE GALINHAS

Piscinas Naturais

A major factor in Porto Galinhas’ popularity is the collection of amazing tidal pools full of tropical fish that appear in the coral reefs around 100m in front of the town during low tide. It’s possible to wade out …
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