The Rainforest, the falls & the coast

After Rio, Brazil is probably most famous for its Amazon region and Iguazu Falls. The Amazon region is in the northern portion of Brazil, closest to the equator. Manaus, the capital of the Amazon is where most visitors to the region stay. Take a boat tour to the Meeting of the Waters, where the Amazon and Rio Negro rivers meet. Other tours will take you hiking, caymen searching, piranha fishing among other activities rather unique to this region. Quick downpours are a daily occurrence here, so come prepared!

Iguazu falls is a breathtaking natural wonder. Trails are spread throughout the national park to provide visitors easy access to the best views of the falls. For those more daring (and willing to get wet) rafting tours will take you virtually right up to the falls. The falls actually border Argentina and Paraguay as well and can be seen from any of the three countries. For more, check out the article on Iquazu Falls in our Destinations section.

One of the lesser known destinations in Brazil is the Costa do Sauipe in the Bahia. The easiest way to reach this region is to fly into Salvador, approximately 60 miles away. Visitors can stay in the National Park, which houses luxury hotels, an aquatic center for water and adventure activities, horseback riding, bike and ATV rentals, and access to a beautiful beach. Costa do Sauipe is a great place to spend a few days to relax and unwind.