Brazil Travel Guides for Backpackers

Things to do in São Paulo, Brazil

Every time we think about Brazil we imagine beautiful beaches, like in Rio de Janeiro or Bahia. And sometimes we forget a place that has a lot to offer: the city of São Paulo. Known as the “stone jungle”, the city that never sleeps, it is the largest city in Brazil and the economic capital of the country. Sao Paulo is a cauldron of cultures that offers many things to do, and you should include in your visit to Brazil. Those planning a trip to Sao Paulo can get a little lost in this sea of options, so I have […]
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What to see and do in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Outside the traditional circuit of tourism in Brazil, Belo Horizonte is an excellent destination option to get to know the Brazilian culture better. Located in the state of Minas Gerais, in southeastern Brazil, Belo Horizonte is a large city that hasn’t lost the charm of a country village. The capital of Minas Gerais brings together the best of the state: impeccable cuisine, beautiful architecture, great parks and a lot of culture. Must see attractions in Belo Horizonte Lagoa da Pampulha Called affectionately by the locals as BH, the main postcard of the city is Lagoa da Pampulha, a beautiful lagoon […]
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Best Things To Do In Natal, Brazil

Natal is one of the finest cities in Brazil and there are many things you can do in Natal. Tourist attractions abound here including works of nature for you to experience. It is a suitable place to spend a few days or spend your holidays with your loved ones. Here you will see beautiful things and engage in interesting diverse activities. The best things you can do in Natal are: Tour the Newton Navarro Bridge This bridge is a kind of something to see and pass through. The bridge is beautiful and connects to the sea for navigation. You will […]
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Brazilian culture, history and a beach garden you find in Santos.

Nothing makes me happier and more inspired than writing about my city. I don’t know where you, reader, are accessing my post. One thing is sure: you must finish reading and come to Santos! I am Brazilian I was born and always lived in Santos, a coastal city in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Santos is a city of immense historical value for Brazil. Located on the island of São Vicente, founded in the 16th century, it houses the largest port in Latin America. It has always been and continues to be the scene of important political, social, and […]
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What to do in Brasília: architecture, nightlife, and nature

Unless you’re an architect, if you’re planning a trip to Brazil, it’s unlikely that you’ve considered a stop by Brasilia, the futuristic capital of the country. Most tourists who travel to Brazil choose to visit our main postcard landscapes, such as Rio, Salvador or the extensive coastline of the northeast region. But who would blame them? Indeed, Rio makes for an unforgettable experience of Brazilian culture, energy, and nature. And the stunning northeast is not only a natural paradise but also the cradle of our history. But why visiting Brasília might be a good idea? Brasília has much more to […]
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Dive into nature – best hikes in Florianópolis

Florianópolis is the epitome of paradise! It is a little bubble inside of Brazil, especially in terms of security and quality of life. It combines the pros of a city with incredible nature. Apart from 42 marvelous beaches, dunes and Lagoons, Floripa is hilly and has a lot of hikes to offer. The tracks allow you to escape into nature, recharge your batteries and simply enjoy the present moment. My top five hikes are: Trilha da Boa Vista This hike offers an incomparable view! It takes you from Barra da Lagoa across the top of the hills through the so-called […]
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Dizzy Rio. Five iconic places

Brazil is not just another half-globe. It’s another world. I can call it fancy and chaotic one. It is the land of love, hope, and coffee. I have been dreaming of Brazil since the very childhood. I have been watching numerous Brazilian novels when I was 12. So, I fell in love with Rio long before my arrival here. A dream came true in spring 2012. The tickets had been bought. The “Windsor Copa Hotel” had been booked. I had a dream so I wasn’t confused by long twenty hours flight and two interlinings. First impressions of Rio The love […]
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5 Things You Should Do When Visiting Gramado and Canela

Gramado and Canela are two small cities in south Brazil and are one of the most visited places in Brazil, especially for those who are looking for a cold-weather destination. The two neighboring cities are almost built for tourism, there is so much entertainment combined that you would need at least a week to visit everything, so here are a few things you should definitely do. The food The local food is definitely one of the main attractions, there are a variety of restaurants and coffee houses in both cities and although the food is more expensive than the average […]
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4 Things You Should Know Before Going to Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil.

The Iguazu Falls are stunning, without a doubt one of the most beautiful and full of good energy places I have ever visited. It is not for nothing that in 2012 the Falls received the title of one of the “New 7 Wonders of Nature” by the New Seven Wonders Foundation. And it is the third destination that most receives foreign tourists in Brazil (according to a survey conducted by the Brazilian tourism ministry in 2017), losing only to Rio de Janeiro and Florianópolis. But what should you know before going? Geographic Location and the best season to visit Foz […]
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Traveling to interior of Brazil – Maringá City

Brazil is very vast in cultures and biodiversity. This is reflected in its forests and beaches, as well as in the diversities in its great capitals. But in addition to the big cities and beaches, there are lots of cool things to see in the inland cities. If in addition to adventures, you want to travel to find peace and tranquility, Maringá city is a great option for this and thus to start exploring more the inner cities. This city is located in the state of Paraná in the south of the country. I moved recently to this city, I’ve […]
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How to get to Sugar Loaf in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sugar Loaf (Pão de Açúcar) is the second most important place to visit in Rio de Janeiro after the statue of Christ the Redeemer. This is written in all guidebooks, but for me, it is the first! I am ready to climb this mountain at least every day. For a photographer, there are the most beautiful views of Rio de Janeiro. How to get there Public transport Bus #107 and #513 goes here, get off at Urca stop. Then you need to go about two hundred meters in the direction of the traffic and on the right you will see […]
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What To See in Salvador, Brazil

Known as the most black city outside Africa’s continent, Salvador has more than 80% of the population declared as black people. This city was the first capital of Brazil, received many slaves centuries ago and now is one of the most mixed-cultures places in this country. Salvador is located in Bahia’s state, which is part of the north-eastern region. According to the Ministry of Tourism, Salvador is the seventh city in Brazil that receives foreign tourists looking for a leisure trip. That’s why is so important to research tips about this city to have an amazing experience. Things to do in […]
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Ibitipoca: a secret paradise in Brazil's countryside

Brazil is well known for its wonderful beaches, the mighty Amazon Rainforest, the enchanting city of Rio de Janeiro and countless numbers of beautiful landscapes. The state of Minas Gerais, in the countryside of Brazil, may not be in everyone’s travel guide when choosing to visit this country, but let me tell you something, there is gold hidden there. After living in Minas for most of my life I can say that the hospitality of its people is something that really touches the visitor’s soul, their mountains and waterfalls are a world to be discovered. Discovering Ibitipoca State Park One […]
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How to travel to the Lake District, Brazil: unusual destinations

The region of lakes, as it is known as the Coast of the Coastal Shallows of Rio de Janeiro, is one of the most beautiful in Brazil. With lush beaches and a distinctive climate, this region is a privilege for visitors every year, especially on protracted holidays. Whenever there is opportunity, the Carioca and even outsiders, heads towards the beaches of the Lakes Region. All the way is reached by unique beauties, starting already at the intersection of the Rio-Niterói Bridge. Look up and see the Guanabara Bay on a breathtaking day! All the way to the city of Arraial […]
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A practical guide to visiting Praia do Forte, Bahia

If you want to experience the authentic culture of Brazil, but avoid the chaos of the big cities, then Praia do Forte is the perfect destination for you! With endless beautiful beaches, traditional Bahian cuisine, live samba music, and all kinds of leisure activities, Praia do Forte is one of the most famous exotic beach destinations in the state of Bahia, situated in northeast of Brazil. The warm Bahian atmosphere caters to both solo travellers and families. Transport The best option for tourists who want to explore outside of Praia do Forte village is to rent a car at Salvador […]
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3 places you must see in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil

Foz do Iguaçu is a city like no other in the whole world. First of all, it’s located in a triple border, being the Brazilian currency with Argentina and Paraguay – and making it possible to visit three different countries in a single night. In the second place, it is home to the Iguaçu National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage, because it harbours the largest expanse of Atlantic Forest remaining in the world. In this amazing place, you will find a border’s typical cultural diversity, an extremely humid and hot climate and many leisure options in nature, with levels […]
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10 secret tips if you are in Florianópolis for New Year's Eve

Florianópolis is the best beach destination in Brazil! It is a city literally on an island almost the size of NYC full of beaches for all tastes. And the traffic jam. Due to many nature conservation areas, hills and a strong environmental community, it remains with few and small roads. During summer, especially between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the island population increases 3 times with visitors. Can you imagine how things get full and stuck this time of the year? I have lived in Floripa [city nickname] for 16 years and I decided to share secret tips on how […]
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Búzios: great moments, beautiful beaches.

Búzios is a perfect attraction if you enjoy beaches, nightlife, gastronomic centres and some light adventure. It is a resort city all planned for tourism and events. In South America, Búzios is known mostly because of the Argentines, that really love the destination. Búzios attract many cruises too during the summer, being one of the most important stops for cruises in Rio de Janeiro. The city is a popular national and international destination and you may know this beautiful place because of Brigitte Bardot. Búzios was her landscape during her visit to Rio de Janeiro in 1964 and after this […]
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5 Must-Do Cultural Tours In Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo is one of the most diverse metropolises in all of Latin America. This diversity is largely the result of the large-scale immigration which occurred in the first half of the twentieth century. Dozens of nations are represented in the city; with Portuguese, Bolivians, and Japanese currently being the largest communities. Japanese culture is heavily represented in the Liberdade neighborhood, located in the central area of the city. The Kantuta fair, held on Sundays in Canindé, north of the capital, is the ideal place to get to know about Bolivian culture. The heritage of the Portuguese colonizers can be […]
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Not so common destinations: Brazil's underrated cities

What is the first image that crosses your mind when you think about Brazil? Maybe the paradisiac beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, or the astonishing landscapes in Corcovado Mountain, or even the luminous skyscrapers of the Brazilian city that never sleeps, São Paulo? If that’s so, I understand. Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo are the two most famous Brazilian cities around the world and they have a reason to be that famous: both are breathtaking and so much fun! Foreigners often come looking for one of these places to go, as they match every expectation brought by that first […]
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INHOTIM: A unique combination of Nature and Art in MG – Brazil

The Inhotim Institute It’s one of the biggest collections of contemporary art of the world and they are distributed at an incredibly beautiful botanical garden that holds rare species and from all continents. It’s definitely a must-see, there’s nothing like it. From one exposition to the other your eyes and mind will rest admiring the landscapes and gardens that were designed to take the most out of the botanical collection. The art is everywhere and is captivating, a lot of them are also interactive and will awake your senses, for example walking on glass (with shoes of course), planting flowers, […]
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Ilhabela on a Weekend

Ilhabela is one of the stops along the “green coast route” (Costa Verde, in Portuguese), a route shared by the states of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, famous for its mountains covered in the remaining parts of the rainforest, as well as its long beaches and amazing tracks. This island, located just across the city of São Sebastião, is more than just its beaches. Full of nature, great food, incredible sights and gorgeous beaches, the small city of Ilhabela (literally translated as “beautiful island”) has lots of great experiences to offer to its tourists. As a frequent visitor of […]
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A weekend in Belo Horizonte

Choose a new destination! Travel around the world is the dream of many people these days. And some destinations are almost a unanimity among travelers. When foreign people plan a trip to Brazil or even Brazilians planning their vacation, Belo Horizonte, or Beaga, how we residents like to call it, is never on the map… I can understand that Brazil’s beaches are to die for… The warm waters and the jaw-dropping landscapes are a true paradise on Earth, I cannot deny. But that’s not all Brazil has to offer! Between the mountains, there is a state so charming, with the most wonderful sunsets, food, […]
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The best and essential of Timbó: a hidden gem in southern Brazil

Timbó is considered a small-sized town by Brazilian standards, with about 40 thousand inhabitants. Until not long ago, it was virtually out of the spotlight, even to other southern Brazilians. Just very recently, with the popularization of biking and the strengthening of the Cycling Tourism in the European Valley Project, the town began to gain more attention both in Brazil and abroad. The European Valley Circuit is a joint initiative of the municipalities of Apiúna, Ascurra, Benedito Novo, Doutor Pedrinho, Indaial, Pomerode, Rio dos Cedros, Rodeio, and Timbó – this last one being the headquarters of the project – and you can […]
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