Olá amigos! My name is Anna Laura. I grew up in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. I’m not exactly sure what inspired my love of travel but I think I’ve always had this passion for being abroad.
My first dream job was being an international correspondent in New York. From this, I was always travelling and desired to be abroad. I then did an exchange in Paris and afterwards got a job at one of the biggest tourism magazines in Brazil. This was my ticket to a life in travel!
Although, as much as I love travelling, I still miss Brazil when I’m away. It’s the people I miss the most. Brazilian people are very receptive, open and honestly consider you a friend during the first 10 minutes of meeting you.
The culture of Brazil is colourful, tropical and full of life. We have amazing beaches, islands, mountains, the Amazon and really just a beautiful country for travelling. You have to come visit Brazil and here are some reasons why!
My Favourite Tropical Beach Destinations in Brazil
You have places like Rio de Janeiro – my favourite city for sure. The combination of nature and the urban area is just amazing. The silhouette of the hills during sunset, the beaches, Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) and Pão de Açúcar: just perfect!
I love the views, the spots for photographing, the “Carioca lifestyle” and the overall good vibes. One of my favourite hotels is Yoo2 Rio because of the stunning rooftop with its amazing views. Everyone should experience at least one night in this hotel or a similar place in Rio with a rooftop.
When it comes to local food, a place every foreign person has to go to eat is Boteco Belmonte…sooooooo traditional! And my favourite activities that I recommend are Ipanema Beach, taking a helicopter flight with Helitop Rio and watching the sunrise from Mirante Dona Marta.
Another terrific beach destination is Fernando de Noronha. You wouldn’t believe the shades of blue of the sea there! It’s a tropical destination and faraway island off Brazil’s northeast coast (350km to be exact) with an authentic atmosphere where simplicity regulates life.
The island is the tip of a submerged volcanic formation and is made up of 21 islands with only one inhabited by people. There are only 5,000 locals who live here, making it a relaxing slice of paradise.
Then we have the State of Bahia which has some amazing beaches too. Boipeba is one of the most beautiful islands of the Tinharé archipelago and Itacaré is a gorgeous beach town at the mouth of the Rio de Contas on eastern Brazil’s Cocoa Coast. Praia do Forte has a beautiful beach too.
In fact, that entire coast is full of great beaches.
Unique Destinations that Celebrate Brazil’s Diversity
While the beaches of Brazil are amazing, you can’t miss those unique destinations that will literally take your breath away. And there is no place more unique in Brazil (and perhaps earth) than Lençóis Maranhenses.
This national park located in Maranhão state in northeastern Brazil is where natural lakes form between beautiful white sand dunes. To the naked eye it creates a special scenario that looks like a carpet floating on the horizon.
For another totally different but amazing experience we have the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil. If you want to disconnect, feel nature in its purest form and be in contact with what matters in life, then this is for you.
I recommend staying at Juma Amazon Lodge – my favourite jungle hotel here in Brazil offering bungalows overlooking the jungle and Juma Lake. From here you can spend your time walking through the jungle, kayaking, seeing animals up close and enjoying typical meals of the region.
Summarising the Best Destinations of Brazil
When you come to Brazil you simply can’t miss Rio! I would only recommend Sao Paulo if you enjoy the atmosphere of big cities. Pantanal is another special place for animal observation. Bonito is the place for floating in crystal clear water. Bahia is an absolute must for beaches.
Of course, as mentioned above, Lençóis Maranhenses National Park is probably one of the most photogenic places on earth and Fernando de Noronha is the perfect blue Brazilian destination (although not cheap).
The south of Brazil, like Rio Grande do Sol (where I am from), has more of a European feel and culture to it. The northeast, on the other hand, is where you will find the real Brazilian culture that everyone loves.
Here you will find colours, music, dance, authenticity, open people, nice beaches, typical Brazilian food and drinks – and everything you could possibly want. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy Brazil!