Christ the Redeemer & Corcovado Hill, Rio de Janeiro
If you make it to Rio de Janeiro during your trip to Brazil it is impossible to avoid Corcovado Hill and the world famous statue of Christ the Redeemer. Standing at one hundred and twenty five feet, it is Brazil’s most prominent landmark. Once you mount the hill to get to the statue you will also receive spectacular views out over the entire city. The idea for the statue came about in 1921 but the actual designing and building didn’t start until a decade later. The statue which the designers eventually came up with and the one that looks over Rio today symbolizes Christ with his arms open embracing all the people.
Amazon Rain Forest, Manaus
Tragic is the only word to describe a visit to Brazil without a trip to the Amazon rainforest. Home to thousands of the rarest species of flora and fauna in the world as well as numerous indigenous tribes, entering this wilderness is like nothing you are ever likely to experience again. Manaus, the capital city of the Brazilian state of Amazonas, is the gateway for all visitors to the depths of the rainforest and there are numerous tour operators who provide excellent packages which cater for everyone’s needs. Do shop around for the best value and try to avail of a tour which will provide anything you might need during your trip. Remember, you are heading into the wild so if you forget anything, there is no going back. Main activities, sports etc.
While only a quarter of the falls are actually in Brazil, the remainder are in Argentina and Uruguay, they are still an attraction very much worth your while checking out. It is recommended that you see them from both sides of the various borders but you will need a visa to travel to the other countries. If you can at all, you should obtain do so and allow at least two days for your trip. If not, you will still see plenty to fascinate you. They are located in the northwest of the Missiones and consist of 275 falls, some reaching as high as seventy metres. Added to this is the fact that they are surrounded by the National Park, a virgin jungle protecting over four hundred species of wildlife and over two thousand flora species. It is a remarkable trip offering some of the most memorable views you are ever likely to see.
The Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Thanks to the efforts of American crooner, Barry Manilow, the Copacabana is something most people have heard mentioned from time to time. What they might not know is that it is one of the most famous of all the beaches in the world. Running for three miles in front of the densely populated Rio de Janeiro, the Copacabana means very different things for different people. For some it is a commercial, ultra tacky destination where they would never dream of going. For others it is the sheer craziness of the place and the people that add to its appeal. But, for whatever reason, it attracts hundreds of thousands of people every year and the one thing that they all agree on is that they have a good time while they are there.
The Pantanal translates as ‘large swamp’ and lies in the mid–west of the country. While everyone has heard of the Amazon Basin, this area actually surpasses it when it comes to wildlife viewing. Home to over six hundred and fifty species of bird as well as alligators, deer, otters, emus, boa constrictors and monkeys, it is a fascinating attraction for the nature lovers among you. If you’re not partial to all things wild and wonderful, however, you might be better off heading to the beach because they simply cannot be avoided in this unique wilderness.