When you think of Brazil, a few specific things likely come to mind. If you’re like most, you probably think of the Amazon rainforest, Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, and perhaps the oddly geometric capital city of Brasilia.
But Brazil is SO much more than parties, rainforest, and an extensive planned city…
A former Portuguese colony, Paraty retains much of its old colonial charm and beauty. Cobblestone streets and vibrantly colored colonial style houses are found throughout the historic heart of the city. Surrounding this beautiful town, adventurous travelers will find lush tropical forests, cool pools fed by waterfalls, and numerous hiking opportunities.
Especially popular as a jumping-off point to the nearby island of Ilha Grande, Paraty is worthy of exploration itself as well.
Fortaleza is one of Brazil’s most popular domestic tourism destinations, and foreign travelers love the amazing beaches and vibrant culture as well. Located on Brazil’s northeast coast, the beaches of Fortaleza are perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and even a few are great for surfing. As the fifth largest city in Brazil, Fortaleza is also a perfect stopover point for tourists wanting to visit the smaller and less well known beaches and cities along the northeast coast.
The tiny fishing town turned St. Tropez of Brazil was made famous when it was “discovered” by actress Brigitte Bardot. The famous French model and actress found the town while hiding out with her Brazilian boyfriend from journalists. Falling in love with its seemingly endless beaches and chilled out vibe, Bardot proclaimed her love for the town and catapulted it into the spotlight. Now, the pretty little village hosts numerous chic hotels, fabulous shopping along its center, and of course, the beautiful beaches that Bardot fell for in the first place.