“Cities in Brazil to visit”
Brazil is a diverse and enormous country. There are large, medium and small sized cities that stretch from coast to coast. From Brazilian cities situated in the Amazon to coastal beach cities and towns, the country has it all! Take a look below at some of the cities in Brazil that are worth a visit.
Top 20 Cities in Brazil to visit
Rio de Janeiro
A trip to Brazil isn’t complete unless you visit the most famous city in Brazil. Rio is known for its beaches, carnival, nightlife and its breathtaking landscape. It has many iconic sights which include Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Christ the Redeemer statue on top of Corcovado mountain and the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches
Sao Paulo is Brazil’s largest, richest and most cosmopolitan city. Although the city is not known as a tourist destination the city does offer a wide variety of attractions and entertainment options that many do not know about. Experience Sao Paulo’s nightlife, the many museums or climb to the top of one of the city’s skyscrapers and see amazing views over the city.
Vitoria is the state capital of Espirito Santo on the southeast coast of Brazil. The city is located on a island within a bay and features colonial buildings, parks with beautiful views, mangroves, beaches, granite formations and many smaller islands to explore. It is considered one of the best cities in Brazil to live.
Brasilia is the capital of Brazil and sits on a flat plateau region in the Central Highlands of Brazil. It is a very unique city in that it was planned and developed in 5 years by the Brazilian government and inaugurated in 1960. The city is known for its spectacular modern architecture that was designed by renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.
This small city with a population of around 20,000 people is located about 130 kilometers west of Brasilia in the state of Goias. It is well known by Brazilians for its spectacular landscape that features a variety of waterfalls with pristine water, hot springs, forests, preserved colonial architecture, cobblestone streets and a popular festival involving mounted horses called Festa do Divino Espirito Santo.
Salvador is the third largest city in Brazil and sits on the coast in northeastern Brazil. The city is the capital of the state of Bahia and has a variety of things to do and see. It has beautiful beaches and a city center full of colonial buildings. The city has strong African influences and is where the Brazilian martial art known as Capoeira had its origins.
Aracaju is the capital of the state of Sergipe, with a population of around 600,000 people. It is located in the northeastern part of the country, about 325 km (200 mi) north of Salvador. The city is one of Brazil’s best kept secrets, where you’ll find a clean city with beautiful unspoiled beaches and it is also one of the safest costal cities in Brazil. The city has a variety of restaurants, bars, clubs and a variety of nightlife options.
Recife is another one of the major northeastern coastal cities in Brazil. Recife is the capital of the state of Pernambuco and is named after the coral reefs on the city’s shores. The city is nicknamed the “Brazilian Venice” because it has number of islands, rivers, waterways and bridges throughout the city. Recife is known for its beaches, Carnaval, arts and cuisine. Also the neighboring towns of Olinda and Porto de Galinhas should not be missed.
Joao Pessoa is the capital city of the state of Paraiba and is one of the oldest cities in Brazil. It lies on Brazil’s northeast coast and is the easternmost city of Brazil and in the Americas. The city has a variety of colonial buildings scattered throughout the city and is also known for its beautiful beaches and sun.
Another one of the coastal cities in Brazil that is known for its beautiful beaches and sun. Natal, which means Christmas in Portuguese, lies on Brazil’s northeast coast. The city is the capital of the state of Rio Grande do Norte and it is considered the safest capital city in the country.
Fortaleza is another one of the major cities in Brazil. It sits on Brazil’s northeast coast, and is the capital of the state of Ceara. Fortaleza has some of the nicest urban beaches in Brazil and serves as a great hub for exploring nearby beaches with rolling sand dunes and fishing villages. Besides enjoying the beaches, visitors can enjoy the very active nightlife of the city or eat at one of the many restaurants.
Manaus is located in the heart of the Amazon where the two rivers Rio Negro and Rio Solimoes meet to became the Amazon River. The city is the capital of the state of Amazonas and it is also the biggest city of the Amazon. The city is a popular ecotourist destination and serves as a gateway into the Amazon rainforest.
Belem is the state capital of the Brazilian state of Para, in northern Brazil. The city is also considered the gateway for visitors wanting to visit the Amazon. The city sits 100 km upriver from the Atlantic Ocean, on the banks of the Para River, which is part of the greater Amazon River system. The city dates back to nearly 400 years and features a variety of colonial buildings throughout the city.
Often called the capital of the Pantanal, Corumba is the gateway city into the Pantanal, the largest wetland in the world that features swamps, rivers, forests and savannas. The Pantanal is home to a variety of bird species as well as jaguars, monkeys, anacondas, caiman crocodile, piranhas and a variety of other animals. You can go on exiting boat tour excursions through the Pantanals to spot countless wildlife. Corumba has a population of around 100,000 people and is located in western Brazil on the Bolivian border in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul.
Built on several hills and surrounded by mountains, Belo Horizonte is the capital of the state of Minas Gerais.
The city has been relatively unknown to the outside world and has quietly become one of the mega cities in Brazil with a population of around 5 million in the city and metropolitan area. The city has a very active nightlife and is considered the bar capital of Brazil with more bars per capita than any other city in Brazil.
This city is one of the most historical cities in Brazil and is designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because of its historical and colonial architecture. This former colonial mining town is located about 100 km south of Belo Horizonte in the Serra do Espinhaco mountains. The city has a variety of old gold mines that can be toured, many colonial buildings and plenty of hiking opportunities at the nearby Itacolomi State Park which contain a variety of animals and plants.
Sitting on a plateau at 932 meters (3,058 ft) above sea level, Curitiba is the capital of the Brazilian state of Parana and it is the largest city in southern Brazil with a population of about 1.8 million people. Its population is largely descended from German, Ukrainian, Russian, Italian and Polish immigrants. The city is known for its green areas with clean and tree-lined streets and was named by the US magazine Reader’s Digest as the best place to live in Brazil.
Florianopolis is located on an island off the coast of Brazil in the southern state of Santa Catarina. The city has some of Brazil’s most beautiful beaches and also has beautiful parks, lakes, lagoons, which make it one of the best cities in Brazil to visit. Florianopolis is also known for its nightlife with a variety of beach bars and clubs scattered throughout the island.
Foz do Iguacu
Foz do Iguacu is located on the border of Paraguay and Argentina in the southern Brazilian state of Parana. The city’s big attraction here is the massive waterfalls known as Iguacu Falls, one of the great natural wonders of the world. It is also the location of the Itaipu Dam, the second-largest generator of hydro-electric power in the world.
Porto Alegre is the state capital of the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. The city is located at the junction of five rivers on a huge coastal lagoon called Guaiba Lake, which is an extension of the Lagoa dos Patos. The city is one of the wealthiest cities in Brazil. Its population consists of a large number of descended from Portugal, Germany, Italy, Spain and Poland. The city is gateway to Brazil’s amazing green canyons in the surrounding areas.