#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
  • #18 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

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