Being that it is yuletide season, Brazil is one of the countries on the lips of everyone for that long-awaited vacation.
Perhaps, the Carnival in Rio is the reason why the nation seems to be on everyone’s bucket list.
That said, maybe you are among the group of people who just heard that Solange Knowles had her honeymoon in the magical seaside village of Transco in Bahia.
Whatever be the grounds, there are more reasons why you should cross off Brazil on your list of visited countries.
The Iguazu Falls is an awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping and scenic sight where 250 spectacular waterfalls plunge into the river on the border between Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. If this isn’t a must-see for you, then there hardly is anything Brazilian that is – except for the other items on this list.
Curitiba is one of the largest cities in southern Brazil and known to urban planners alongside transport buffs worldwide for its spectacularly innovative public transit system. The city has an ample green space and many parks that are known for their sheep-cut grass because it’s more of a no-brainer than lawnmowers. Curitiba is home to an array of great buildings and monuments, and a lot of people visit it to see the Oscar Niemeyer Museum.
Stretching along the seemingly endless shoreline of Brazil is more than 200 beaches. Only 160 kilometers from Rio de Janeiro would you find yet another sight-striking, secluded and sophisticated paradise.
There’s also Buzios, which is a stunning peninsular that boasts of more than 20 magnificent beaches and waters as clear as crystal. It is more or less a sleepy fishing village that sparked to life in the early ‘60s when it was introduced into pop-culture – which came right after Brigitte Bardot and her Brazilian boyfriend holidaying there.
If you are a vegetarian, then beware; Brazil is a total meat zone – and for many more reasons apart from Churrasco. Churrasco is coined from the Portuguese and Spanish term for meat grilling, which is usually carried out on skewers over hot coals. If you are a BBQ lover or perhaps enthusiast, then prime the cuts and believe that a meal without any meat isn’t really a meal. After this, you are on to a winning cuisine in Brazil.
Christ the Redeemer
You don’t have to be a Christian to hear or know of Christ the Redeemer. You see the monument which stands high atop a lush green hill with spread-wide arms like its beckoning on the whole world to come to grab a warm hug.
This statue of Christ looking right over the entirety of Janeiro, and the vicinity can make a tremendous swirling view from a helicopter ride around the crescendo of the 700-meter Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park.
An alternative is to hop on the eco-friendly cog train through the scenic park and digest the remarkable panoramic views of Janeiro’s streets, bays, and beaches at the foot of this 30-meter tall monument.
Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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