#55 best destination in the world

Praia do Futuro

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  • Beach notable for its strong surf and plentiful bars

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

Baia dos Golfinhos

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  • #10 of the top 25 beaches in the world

Olinda

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  • Historic city noted as one of the best-preserved colonial cities in Brazil
  • Features a number of major attractions, such as a historic downtown area (World Heritage Site), churches, and the Carnival of Olinda, a popular street party, very similar to traditional Portuguese carnivals, with the addition of African influenced dances
  • Unlike in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, in Olinda, admission to Carnival is free
  • There are hundreds of small musical groups in many genres

Baia do Sancho

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  • #3 of the top 25 beaches in the world

Ilha dos Frades

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  • Island in the Bay of All Saints shaped like a fifteen-pointed star
  • Ilha dos Frades has preserved vegetation of the Atlantic Forest, including native Brazil wood

Pontao do Lago Sul

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  • Pier surrounded by lush tropical gardens and footpaths overlooking a lake

Vale da Lua

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  • #25 of the top 25 national parks in the world
  • 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

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

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)

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

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

Sugarloaf Mountain

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  • Peak situated on a peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean
  • Its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined loaf sugar
  • Known worldwide for its cableway and panoramic views of the city
  • The mountain is one of several monolithic granite and quartz mountains that rise straight from the water’s edge around Rio de Janeiro
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo

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  • #25 of the top 25 museums in the world
  • Museum housed in a 1900 building in founded to be the headquarters of the Lyceum of Arts and Crafts
  • Oldest art museum in São Paulo
  • After passing through a renovation in the 1990s, the museum became one of the most dynamic cultural institutions of the country, lining up with the international circuit of exhibitions

Ibirapuera Park

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  • One of Latin America’s largest urban parks, and is often internationally comparable to that of Central Park to New York City
  • Urban park in São Paulo, the most visited park in South America
  • Ibirapuera Park was designed along the lines of other great English landscape gardens built in the 20th century in major cities around the globe
  • Inaugurated in 1954

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 saber-toothed tigers

Iguaçu National Park

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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

Beto Carrero World

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

Santo Antônio de Lisboa (Santa Catarina)

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  • District of the city of Florianópolis, and the state capital of Santa Catarina
  • Known for having strong Azorian culture due to the immigration in the 19th century

Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park

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  • #25 of the top 25 national parks in the world
  • Located on the top of an ancient plateau with an estimated age of 1.8 billion years
  • First developed around the golden mine rush in the 18th Century, Cavalcante was one of the first villages founded in the region, and at one point became one of Brazil’s major gold extractors
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Costs

Number of Days: 41 days

Best Time To Fly: Oct-Nov

Airline tickets: $2,146

Seattle -> Fortaleza (one way) $590
Fortaleza -> Natal (one way) $53
Natal -> Recife (one way) $63
Recife -> Fernando de Noronha (round trip) $617
Recife -> Salvador (one way) $17
Salvador -> Brasilia (one way) $42
Brasilia -> Belo Horizonte (one way) $20
Belo Horizonte -> Rio de Janeiro (one way) $21
Rio de Janeiro -> São Paulo (one way) $27
São Paulo -> Campo Grande (one way) $29
Campo Grande -> Foz do Iguaçu (one way) $58
Foz do Iguaçu -> Navegantes (one way) $61
Navegantes -> Florianópolis (one way) $54
Florianópolis -> Seattle (one way) $494

Food: $11/day x 41 days = $451

Entertainment/tours: $302

Airbnb: $35/day x 39 days = $1,365

TOTAL: $4,264