Brazil’s 9 Best Cities
Rio de Janeiro
Of course, this list would be remiss without mentioning the most well-known cities!
Perhaps Brazil’s most famous destination, Rio de Janeiro is rightfully well known. With numerous stunning white sand beaches, epic mountains as a backdrop, and a vibrant, musical nightlife full of sensuality and samba, the city is full of fun and full of surprises.
Whether you’re intent on a beachy vacation, an adventure-packed week of hiking and rock climbing, or a sophisticated trip full of cocktail sipping and shopping, Rio truly has it all. Don’t miss out on sipping a caipirinha on Copacabana beach, checking out Samba at its birthplace of Pedro do Sal, and visiting at least one of the many forests within city limits.
A pre-planned city, Brasilia was named the capital of Brazil in 1960. Former President Kubitschek is sometimes hailed as the mastermind of the city, which was organized and developed down to the smallest detail in such a meticulous way that many refer to it as a utopia. The city is especially noteworthy for its shape, which is an airplane. Each section serves a different purpose and is a different district, including purposes of government, commerce, residential, and arts and culture.
In fact, the city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unique attributes. The city is home to many beautiful and interesting buildings, including Oscar Niemeyer-designed Palacio do Planalto (the office of the President), and the Brasilia Cathedral.
Manaus / Amazon Rainforest
Manaus is the ubiquitous gateway to the Amazon Rainforest. Anyone visiting the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest will need to pass through the city, which also has interesting landmarks including the Amazonas Opera House and the Palace of Rio Negro.
The Amazon Rainforest holds almost unsurpassed biodiversity, and is a must for any nature lover. It is the world’s largest tropical rainforest, and is so named for the thousands of rivers that feed the forest, most importantly the Amazon River.