As winter approaches, some of you might want to be get away from the cold. Maybe to Brazil? Where you can spend your winter in summer – lovely beaches, longer days…what more could you ask for? I’ll be highlighting some of the best places to spend here in this summer paradise! Being the largest country in South America, Brazil is filled with tropical landscapes with vast stretches of rainforests filled with exotic plants and animals, you’ll always find something enjoyable to do here!
Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) – Rio de Janeiro
One of Brazil’s most recognised icons, this 30 meter statue of Christ, with arms outstretched 28 meters, is perched on the peak of the 700 meter Corcovado Mountain. The statue gazes out over the city of Rio de Janeiro, providing breathtaking panoramic views of Guanabara Bay to Lagoa Rodrigo. It also stands opposite the Sugar Loaf which is another iconic place to visit in Brazil for stunning views. If you’re not afraid of heights, you can visit the top of the place to have a taste of this wonderful experience. Being part of the Tijuca National Park, there is a railway climb up to 3.5km to the statue where there is a broad plaza situated around it, as well as a chapel which is a very popular hot-spot for weddings.
Beaches in Rio de Janeiro
If you’re wanting to be soaking up the warm sun, you’ll love the beaches in Rio. Rio is well-known for some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity! A few of the main beaches to visit would be Copacabana, Leblon and Ipanema. If you feel like having a quiet stroll on the beach, look no further than Avenida Atlântica. For those who enjoy going for a bit of a surf or enjoy watching surfers, visit Praia do Arpoador to do just that! But don’t forget, a hat and sunnies will be a great help to you!
Being the second largest river at approximately 6,400 kilometers, which is just slightly shorter than the Nile, you will be thoroughly impressed when visiting the Amazon. The Amazon Basin is covered by half of the planet’s remaining rainforests where jungle tours are available to explore and experience the boating upriver, into the damp, buzzing and oppressive ambience. The Amazon region expands to nine nations in South America, covering a huge area of the entire continent with the lovely broad-leafed forest surrounding the river.
Carnaval – Rio de Janeiro
An extravaganza for colour, sound, action, and exuberance is just one simple way of explaining the Carnaval in Rio. A carefully staged showpiece, where spectators can watch the parades of competing samba dancers from a purpose-built stadium. The Sambódromo, is a long series of grandstand boxes where dancers and musicians who are dressed up in colourful costumes, perform in dazzling explosions. The Rio Carnival attracts two million people per day on the streets and almost half a million foreigners during its four day celebration, best viewed during the night, making it another don’t miss experience here in Brazil.