#74 best destination in the world

 

Iguazu Falls

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  • Largest waterfall system in the world
  • The first European to record the existence of the falls was a Spanish conquistador in 1541
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Lençóis Maranhenses National Park

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  • Area of low, flat, occasionally flooded land, overlaid with large sand dunes
  • Despite abundant rain, the area supports almost no vegetation

 

Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park
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  • National park on top of an ancient plateau with an estimated age of 1.8 billion years
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Baia do Sancho

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  • #1 of the top 25 beaches in the world

 

Christ the Redeemer (statue)

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  • Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ
  • #13 of the top 25 landmarks in the world
  • Constructed between 1922-1931
  • A symbol of Christianity across the world

 

Beto Carrero World

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  • Largest theme park in Latin America
  • #19 of the top 25 amusement parks in the world
  • Divided into 9 theme areas

 

Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo

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  • Collection contains a wide range of 19th century paintings, sculptures, as well as iconic Brazilian Modernist artworks
  • Opened in 1911
  • #250 of the top 25 museums in the world

 

Rio de Janeiro

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  • Second most populous city in Brazil
  • Founded in 1565 by the Portuguese
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Brasília

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  • Planned city founded in 1960 to serve as the new national capital
  • Known for its modernist architecture and artistic urban planning
  • The city’s design divides into numbered blocks and sectors for hotels, banking, and the embassy
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Ouro Preto

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  • City and former colonial mining town located in the mountains
  • Known for its Baroque architecture
  • One of the main areas of the Brazilian Gold Rush from the 18th century
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Fernando de Noronha

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  • Archipelago of 21 islands and islets in the Atlantic Ocean
  • Only the mainland is inhabited, with a population of 2,930
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Lagoa do Paraiso

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  • Lagoon featuring hammocks and turquoise waters

 

Beach of Morro Branco

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  • Coastal stop known for its labyrinthine eroded cliffs & multiple types of sand in different colors

 

Centro Histórico

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  • Paraty’s colonial core, with whitewashed mansions and baroque churches on car-free, cobblestone streets
  • Overlooking the bay, the 1722 Igreja de Santa Rita church has a museum of sacred art
  • Charming bars offer live Brazilian music, and upscale shops sell local cachaça liquor, clothing, and crafts

 

Amantikir Park

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  • Serene botanical garden offering a variety of flora and fauna, plus labyrinths, eateries and events

 

Pontão do Lago Sul

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  • Lively hangout along Lake Paranoa featuring palm-lined walking paths, cafes and views of JK Bridge

 

Largo do Boticário

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  • Square in the Cosme Velho neighborhood of the city of Rio de Janeiro
  • The square can be reached by the Beco do Boticário (Apothecary’s Alley), that passes by the Carioca River
  • The area is characterized by large, neo-colonial houses and Atlantic Forest vegetation

 

Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading

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  • Library founded in 1837 by a group of forty-three Portuguese immigrants, political refugees, to promote culture among the Portuguese community in the then capital of the Empire of Brazil
  • The building is constructed in Neo-Manueline style
  • This architectural style evokes the exuberant Gothic-Renaissance style in force at the time of the Portuguese discoveries, named Manueline in Portugal for having coincided with the reign of King Manuel (1495–1521)

 

Vale da Lua

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  • Countless pots and bulbous craters have been created as the water ebbed and flowed in irregular surges
  • The smoothed rock were once lave floes that cooled to create the sculpt-able geology that makes the area up
  • Small pools and eddys collect in the spherical cutouts but the river itself has largely receded to leave its creations exposed
  • During heavy rains, the valley floods quickly and violently, making it off limits whenever the skies cloud over

 

Cashew of Pirangi

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  • The world’s largest cashew tree, it covers an area of 2.2 acres
  • The spread over a hectare of land was, unlike other trees, created by the tree’s outward growth
  • When bent towards the ground (because of their weight), the branches tend to take new roots where they touch the ground
  • It is now difficult to distinguish the initial trunk from the rest of the tree
  • The tree is estimated to be more than a thousand years old

 

Parque Lage

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  • Public park in the city of Rio de Janeiro,
  • The land was formerly the residence of industrialist Enrique Lage and his wife, singer Gabriella Besanzoni
  • During the 1920s Lage had the mansion remodeled by Italian architect Mario Vodret, with interior paintings by Salvador Payols Sabaté
  • In the 1960s the land became a public park, with walking trails through subtropical forest
  • The Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage (Visual Arts School of Parque Lage) and a café open to the public operate from the former mansion

 

The Small Beaches (Praia do Pontal do Atalaia)

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  • #12 of the top 25 beaches in the world

 

Gruta do Lago Azul Natural Monument

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  • Between the months of September and February the waters take on an intense blue color
  • Fossil bones have been found of large mammals that inhabited the region for more than 12,000 years in the Pleistocene
  • These include giant sloths, armadillos and sabre-toothed tigers

 


 

Costs

all flights $1,242

food $44/day x 9 days = $396

hotel $67/day x 7 days = $469

tickets (all attractions) $61

TOTAL for whole itinerary $2,168