What to see in Brazil? Beaches and Carnival of Rio de Janeiro; Iguazu Falls; breathtaking landscapes of Parati; corals and fish of the Fernando de Noronha Marine Park; the Pinguino Wreck; Laje de Santos Marine Park; coral reefs of the Abrolhos Archipelago Islands.
Brazil is the largest country in South America, occupying 8.5 million square kilometers and populated by more than 202 million people. It has borders with all South American countries except Ecuador and Chile and is washed by the Atlantic Ocean. The capital of the country is Brasilia. The official language is Portuguese.
The national currency is the Real. You can exchange money in banks or in shops with signs showing "Cambio". Credit and debit cards are widely accepted.
Due to the large size Brazil’s terrain is very diverse and includes hills, mountains, plains, highlands, and scrublands. The climate of the country consists of five major climatic subtypes: equatorial, tropical, semiarid, highland tropical, temperate, and subtropical.
You will probably want to start your acquaintance with Brazil from Rio de Janeiro. In this city, located at the foot of Corcovado mountain with the blessing Christ the Redeemer statue, you can enjoy famous mountains, landmarks, beaches and Carnival festival.
Nature lovers should not miss a breathtaking spectacle of Iguazu Falls cascading among lush exotic wildlife.
In Olinda tourists can immerse into tranquilling atmosphere of colonial architecture, combining with beautiful nature.
Another colonial pearl is Parati, charming by tropical forests, waterfalls, emerald sea and coastal mountains.
Do not forget to enjoy watching dance-like sparring of capoeira; shopping at Brazilian street markets; immersing into nature in a huge national parks the Chapada Diamantina and the Parque Nacional da Tijuca; seeing the rare shade of blue on the slopes of Pedra Azul; and basking on Florianopolis and Northeast beaches.
São Paulo/Guarulhos–Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport (GRU), the main international airport serving São Paulo.
Brasília–Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport (BSB), located in the Lago Sul administrative region of the Federal District of Brazil.
Rio de Janeiro/Galeão–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG), the main airport serving Rio de Janeiro and the largest airport in Brazil.
Tancredo Neves/Confins International Airport (CNF)
Viracopos/Campinas International Airport (VCP)
Salvador-Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport (SSA)
The underwater world off the coast of Brazil is famous for its biodiversity: here you can meet pinner dolphins, nurse sharks, green sea turtles, and even whales. Those who like wreck diving will find many interesting objects here.
In the Fernando de Noronha Marine Park, located on the archipelago of 21 islands, there are 15 different corals and 230 species of fish. The most interesting diving sites are Naufragio do Porto, Ilha do Meio, Pedras Secas, and Ressureta. The water visibility is up to 50 meters and the water temperature is about 27 degrees. Here, at a depth of 60 meters, you can see the wreck of the NaelIpiranga, a corvette sunk in 1987.
In Angra Dos Resi, which includes more than 300 islands, you will find more than 12 different diving spots with different caves and passages. Here you can also explore the Pinguino Wreck, a cargo vessel sunk in the late 60-s and located at a depth of 10 meters.
In Laje de Santos Marine Park, São Paulo you can meet giant manta rays, explore the wreck of the fishing boat Moreia, sunk in 1995 and located at a depth of 22 meters, and see Anchor Ledge, inhabited by big groupers and pelagic fish.
Arraial Do Cabo, which is situated 200km from Rio, has perfect underwater visibility and diving conditions suitable even for inexperienced divers.
Off the Abrolhos Archipelago Islands you can see the rarest coral reefs, inhabited by various marine species.
The best fresh water diving place in Brazil is Bonito, in the Rio da Prata. Inside the Abyss Anhumas there is a large crystal clear lake and high cones of limestone, which look like a part of lunar landscape.