Popular tourist cities or regions include Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Santa Catarina, Salvador, Florianopolis, Fortaleza, and both the Amazon rainforest region and the Pantanal in central western Brazil.
There are a great many types of tourist locations to visit, from culture and history attractions, to ecotourism and outdoor adventure, to relaxing with sun and surf, to even including paleontological tourism
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In the centre-west region of the country, you’ll find the capital, Brasilia. Far more interesting for adventurous types, however, is the Pantanal, a massive area of forests, savannahs, pastures, fields, streams, and more.
Bonito is also popular, a city with ancient caverns, lots of pristine swimming pools, rivers, and waterfalls.
The southeast region is where you’ll find Rio and Sao Paulo. Beaches and water sports are extremely popular here, so swimming, boating, snorkelling, or just relaxing on the beach are all possibilities.
The north region of Brazil is where you'll find the vast majority of the Amazon rainforest remaining on the planet.
Over 40,000 plant species and 2,000 animal species (along with 2.5 million insect species) can be found in the Amazon rainforest.
It is far less populated and more remote than most other regions of Brazil, but for those looking for a trek through an Amazon jungle, this is definitely the place to be!
THE NORTH EASTERN REGION
This is a highlight for beaches and beachside tourism, water sports, and nautical adventures that can be experienced.
Popular cities include Fortaleza, Salvador, and Recife. There are many national parks in the area, which contains the Amazon basin region, and lots of hidden gems for hiking, riding, hang gliding or free flying, mountain climbing, and river rafting.
In Sao Paolo, the Alto Ribeira Tourist State Park is one of the most popular destinations for ecotourism, containing many species of animals and plants unique to the region, along with geological features like caves, rivers, and waterfalls – great for hiking, riding, or more casual walking exploration. With over 280 caves in the park, and over 450 in the Sao Paulo region, those who enjoy spelunking will be in heaven!
THE GEOPARK PALEORRORA
Located in the southernmost region of Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, this area includes a massive outdoor park where many fossils dating from 200 to 300 million years ago have been found.
The park encompasses many towns and cities, with multiple museums featuring locally-found dinosaur skeletons and fossils.
There is also a lovely Paleobotanical Garden in Mata, one of the cities in the region.
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