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Fortaleza, Brazil

Fortaleza is city that was cradle of Portuguese colonists, notwithstanding the Spaniards, who settled first in the area. At present, this city continues to be popular among European travelers, as there are remarkable beaches, fabulous hotels and catchy panoramas. Hence, it is no surprise that’s several places of interest around are worthful sightseeing spots that complements a nice vacation on Fortaleza resorts.

Cathedrals usually appear to be the core sites in Brazilian cities. Fortaleza is not an exception. Catedral Metropolitana is amazingly beautiful building, striking for its unique architectural style. The building may impress with its large scales; it can accommodate comfortably up to five thousand people. The opening of the cathedral took place relatively recently, in 1978, and its project was performed by known architect from France Georges Mans.

Museu do Ceara is also a notable construction in Fortaleza. This museum has a big collection of artifacts and antique items, which cannot but astonish enthusiasts of Brazilian art and history. Ten rooms of the museum house collections of antique furniture, folk costumes and everyday objects. Racy musical instruments are exhibited in Museu do Maracatu, and its visitors will have a great opportunity to appreciate the beauty of folk traditions of the local people.

The point of attraction for tourists from all over the world is numerous beaches on Fortaleza seacoast, with lots of restaurants, bars, entertainment centers, which work without days off and holidays. Local climate is favorable for a beach holiday – on the Atlantic coast, with many sunny days every year and constantly blowing cool sea breezes. Fortaleza beaches preserved the tradition of “zhangadas ” boat rides, which is difficult to manage, but Fortaleza people are fluent in this art.

Iracema is a luxury beach area with lots of nightlife, restored architectural structures of the early 20th century, galleries, exhibitions, British bridge Ponte dos Ingleses and beautiful statue of Iracema, the bow – a symbol of the city. On the territory of the cultural center Dragao do Mar (30 thousand square meters) one can visit Museum of Arts and a theatre, Cearense Memorial of Culture, a cinema, and even a planetarium.

Must Visit Cities in Brazil

Although Brasilia is the city capital, it is only the fourth largest city in the country. Sao Paolo has the biggest number of inhabitants. It is known for its skyscrapers, restaurants, intense nightlife and mix of cultures. Following closely Rio de Janeiro, it also holds a vibrant carnival that didn’t become as popular or as big as the one in Rio. But Rio de Janeiro is not only known for its carnivals but also for its famous beaches, Copacabana and Ipanema, and mountains. The Maracana Stadium, one of the largest in the world, can hold up to 80 000 passionate football supporters. Another iconic attraction is the 30 meter tall statue of Christ the Redeemer on top of the Corcovado Mountain made by the French sculptor Paul Landowski.

The most interesting feature of Brasilia which attracts many tourists is the city’s modern infrastructure and architecture. Although it is often referred to as being a concrete jungle, beautiful parks and an artificial lake soften the steel and glass landscape. The many theaters, museums, art galleries and festivals make the city a dynamic cultural center. Fortaleza is where the old meets the new: skyscrapers have made their way amongst colonial buildings. The 25 km of beaches and many shops and malls make the city a big attraction.

Foz do Iguacu is the gateway to one of the most remarkable shows of nature, the Iguazu Falls, surrounded by a luxurious forest animated by exotic creatures and plants. Similarly Manaus opens the way to the great Amazonian rainforest, the most diverse ecosystem on the planet. Olinda is a great destination for the nostalgic. It is a historical city with colorful colonial buildings placed on a hilltop circled by trees. The locals’ love for art and crafts can be seen filling the shops and markets.

Greatest Nature to be Explored in Brazil

# Argentine Falls

Being renowned as the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Iguazu Falls or Argentine Falls (Argentina Side of Iguazu Falls) stands out the planet’s most awe-inspiring sight with simple astounding views. A visit to this place is really a jaw-dropping, visceral experience. The ability and noise of the cascades- a chain of hundreds of waterfalls nearly 3km long will live forever in your memory. One of the imposing natural attractions in Argentina and the World also, it’s situated in Iguazu National Park. No doubt, this place is one of the most visited places among tourists and travelers across South America.

# Macuco Safari

Have you ever imagined being under one of the waterfalls that forms the Iguazu Falls for a quick shower? If you’ve never experienced this, then Macuco Safari can give you this unique, soul cleansing experience. Going on an adventure trip along the Iguazu River takes tourists to within a few meters of the spectacular waterfalls. But the real adventure starts on solid ground, on the river bank, which divides Iguazu National Park and the Falls Observatory. Along the way, you’ll get to see the centennial forests, orchids and several plant species; which’re only found in the Atlantic Forest.

# Bird Park – Iguacu

This world-class Bird Park is located on the twelve acres of the native subtropical forest. It offers photographers, tourists, ecologists and ornithologists an innovative opportunity to interact with the birds in their habitats without any restriction, when entering into the huge, eight meters high, forest aviaries. Moreover, you’ll get to see over 160 species, both from the indigenous and from the other continents.

# Swimming with Pink Dolphins

There’s a bizarre creature; which looms from the murky depth of the Amazon River. It’s no other than the Pink River Dolphin, which has never been photographed underwater in the wild, until now. Moreover, the Amazon is a home to the unique river pink dolphins and what could be better than swimming with these lively creatures! Getting close to this wonderful, friendly, aquatic life is such a special and memorable moment to experience; even if you’re on the longest visit to Brazil.

 

Plan Holiday to Brazil Tips

However, if you’re planning to visit this country, you should consider a few important factors in order to make your journey interesting and enjoyable. Luckily, this article will cover those important facts which you should consider on your visit to Brazil as illustrated below:

Accommodation. There are certain necessary aspects which a tourist should focus more on, when searching for a good hotel when traveling to Brazil. First of all, the amenities of a hotel like swimming pool, water sports activities, dining opportunities and many options you need to pay more attention to, especially when choosing the best hotel for your accommodation. That means, the hotel should offer perfect amenities and should be nearer to your desirable destinations. Other things are additional services that a hotel offers like transportation facilities to different tourist destinations.

Budget and Price. Different tourists have so many vacation plans and may have their fixed budget. Hence, it’s essential to plan out the budget for the successful execution of your vacation tour in Brazil. Though, with a good budget, you can get a perfect selection of different destinations to visit in Brazil. Therefore, you should make estimates for all your expenses and compare the cost of the available packages to get the best deals. In addition to, you should make sure that the package which you get from, is from reputable, trusted agencies.

Destination. The travel destinations in Brazil play a crucial role, when planning for a vacation in Brazil. There is an availability of so many agencies providing their services at competitive prices. Remember that, difficult and distant locations cost more. Hence, if you are visiting with family, it’s necessary to consider areas, which are exciting, easy to reach and reasonable. In addition, popular destinations may offer delicious food and comfortable accommodations at reasonable costs.

Travel Agency. Choosing an incoming tour operator in Brazil is very essential to make your vacation unforgettable, no matter whether you’re traveling with family or friends. Make a thorough research beforehand and go through online customer reviews to know whether the tour operator in Brazil can provide you the exactly the same what you want them to do. In fact, you can ask for recommendations or visit them in person to find out more about them.

Summer Beaches in Brazil

Lopes Mendes, Angra dos Reis (RJ)

It is not only one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, as it appears among the top 5 in the world in many lists. That’s because Lopes Mendes has a blue Caribbean sea (but that sometimes seems a little green too), bright white and thin sand, and to reach it, you need to walk, since boats are forbidden from docking at the beach. Vila de Abraao – the main in Ilha Grande, which is part of the archipelago of Angra dos Reis – are 2:30h walk, but you can go to the Praia dos Mangos beach by boat and walk through a simple 20 minutes.

Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha (PE)

It is one of the best places in Brazil for free diving (without oxygen cylinder) and snorkeling, since the visibility of turquoise-green water can reach almost 50 meters horizontally, not to mention the wealth of marine life, with stingrays, fishes, turtles… And the landscape? Formed by cliffs, covered by native vegetation and full of bird nests, is simply charming. To get to the beach you must descend a narrow staircase in a cleft, with 40 meters high, which starts at the gazebo of the bay, where is also a rest area with parasols and chairs.

Lagoinha do Leste, Florianopolis (SC)

Prepare your legs to get to this beach, which is the most quiet of the list, with soft sand, rough seas and a stream that forms a delightful pond. Access to this place is by many trekkings, lasting from 1 to 3 hours. But make no mistake, the shortest one has very steep sections. If you go in the summer you can arrive by boat, leaving the beaches of Armacao or Pantano do Sul. However, it is worth climbing the shore on the right side of the beach, to take the best pictures.

Patacho, Porto de Pedras (AL)

Beautiful at high tide, stunning at low tide. Yes, it is worth watching the tides to visit the natural pools that form between the corals, with warm and clear green water, surrounded by soft sand and, in the horizon, dozens of coconut palms. The best part? It’s almost deserted, has no building or tent around and is just 10km away from Sao Miguel, the access is by a small road that runs through the middle of the grove. The moon is an attraction aside, when on the new moon and full moon phases it rises behind the sea and amazes the visitors.

Taipu de Fora, Peninsula do Marau (BA)

With 7km long, bright green sea and golden sand, creates true natural aquariums at low tide, which happens only twice a month – the full and new moons – where you can admire the beautiful corals and fish of the region by snorkeling. Many consider it the niciest natural pool in Brazil, and the beach still has good tents, like the Bar das Meninas.