4 Cities to Visit When Going to Brazil

When going to Brazil, the first thing that pops into one's head is heading to Rio de Janeiro. With all things considered, it is one of the most popular destinations. But Brazil is home to several more amazing cities and states that are equally as beautiful. From tropical beaches to picturesque city streets and amazing sunset views, you'll find that Rio isn't the only place you'll love.

Here are other destinations you can check out if you're going to Brazil:

Salvador

Going to Brazil: Samba in Bahia, Salvador, Brazil (Photo Credit: pexels.com)

"Smile! You're in Bahia!""

This popular phrase rings true at the city of Bahia, Salvador. This festive capital will definitely make you smile from ear to ear. With its bright atmosphere and beautiful scenery, Salvador will make your trip to Brazil one of a kind.

Start off by dancing the samba! Salvador is home to the famous samba and you're sure to see the dance performed everywhere you go. Join in the fun by taking up classes. If you know it already, check out the nightlife that lets you be able to party and dance to the samba beats.

Going to Brazil: Pelourinho, Salvador, Brazil (Photo Credit: Shutterstock)

Visit the Pelourinho, the historical center of Salvador. The pastel-colored buildings and the cobbled streets will make you feel that going to Brazil is as if you're walking into a postcard. Snap a few photos and book a tour. Relax and take in the live music along the streets as you chill out by a restaurant in this famous neighborhood.

Going to Brazil: Lacerda Elevator, Salvador, Brazil (Photo Credit: pixabay.com)

Viyahe tip: Don't miss the sunset view in Salvador. Ride the famous Lacerda Elevator and take in the panoramic view of the Baía De Todos Santos (Bay of All Saints). A ride is worth every penny. Be sure to book your spot as tourists tend to flock here for the same scenic purpose.

Fortaleza

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Museums, planetariums, beaches, delicious food and drinks — you name it, Fortaleza has it. The capital of Ceará has a number of food and entertainment spots for you to choose from that it's one of the best places to visit when going to Brazil!

For a taste of history with a fun twist, visit Dragão do Mar Center of Art and Culture. This place has everything you need from museums, exhibitions, a library, theater, and a planetarium. The two museums Memorial da Cultura Cearense and the Museu de Arte Contemporânea are a must-visit. The first one showcases folk art, culture and history while the latter focuses more on contemporary art. The planetarium is also worth stopping over as it is one of the most modern planetariums to date. Dragão do Mar also features Brazilian movies if you'd like to catch one when you're in the area.

Enjoy the concert scenery in Mucuripe Music in Fortaleza. They play live Brazilian music from country style to Afro-Brazilian pop. The place is always lit and packed and is considered an amazing Fortaleza experience.

Going to Brazil: Meireless Beach, Fortaleza, Brazil (Photo Credit: Shutterstock)

Take a dip in their beaches as Fortaleza's beaches are considered to be one of the best in Brazil. Swim in Iparema or Meireless Beach. But if you're looking for a less crowded area, Praia do Futuro is perfect for you.

Viyahe tip: Cool down with some ice cream. Try out 50 Sabores, an ice cream shop where flavors know no boundaries. They range from Brazil's famous fruit flavors to alcoholic ones. Though they're named 50 Sabores, the shop usually has more than that making it a fun experience for your taste buds.

Sao Paulo

Going to Brazil: Pinacoteca art museum, Sao Paulo (Photo Credit: pixabay.com)

Sao Paulo is the country's largest city. Going to Brazil is not complete without dropping by the city where its arts and culture meet. Everywhere you turn, Sao Paulo has museums and parks that will feed your artistic soul.

Head to Pinacoteca, the first art museum in Sao Paulo. It houses both modern and historical art from the nineteenth century. Even the architecture of the building is worth checking out. Pinacoteca is open all days of the week so you can squeeze this into your schedule on any day.

Going to Brazil: Ibirapuera Park, Sao Paulo (Photo Credit: Shutterstock)

Stroll around Ibirapuera Park and Villa Lobos. You can rent a bike to explore or just take the time to relax. Sao Paulo is a concrete jungle and parks like Ibirapuera and Villa Lobos make a nice breather. Catch bands and other performers on their open stage during the weekends at the Musical Island inside Villa Lobos Park.

For football fans, the Museu do Futebol is for you. Everything you need to know about the game or your favorite players can be found here. There are interactive displays and traditional ones for you to enjoy. If you're not a fan of football, you still have to check this place out. Who knows, you might leave the museum with a newfound interest in the game.

Going to Brazil: Museu de Arte de São Paulo (Photo Credit: Shutterstock)

Viyahe tip: Visit the Museu De Arte De São Paulo where you'll find an impressive collection of european arts. It has collections from Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Picasso and more. The building has a unique architecture where it's suspended by four pillars, capturing tourists' attention.

Rio de Janeiro

Going to Brazil: Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro (Photo Credit: pixabay.com)

Despite the many cities mentioned above, Rio de Janeiro is still considered a great place to go to when you're in Brazil.

Sunbathe in Rio's most popular Copacabana beach if you can find a spot. But if you can't, go people-watching, something that is actually considered a tourist activity. The crowded beach adds to the lively atmosphere that Copacabana brings. So grab a drink and enjoy the view when you're around the area.

Going to Brazil: Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Photo Credit: pixabay.com)

Be awed by Rio's most popular tourist attraction, the Christ the Redeemer statue. Standing 100 feet high, the statue is Rio's symbolism of the Brazilian people welcoming you into their country. You may reach Christ the Redeemer via public transportation. But if you're one to hike up the Corcovado Mountains where the statue stands, a trail is readily available for you.

Take part in Rio's most celebrated festival, the Rio Carnival. It starts before Lent and this 2019, it'll be on March 2 to 9. Over 2 million people come to celebrate. It's a huge festival with colorful floats, dancing and parties all day long.

Going to Brazil: Tapioca crepe, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Photo Credit: Shutterstock)

Viyahe tip: For a treat, try Rio's tapioca. Going to Brazil is not complete without trying this popular street food from the starch of the cassava root. It's considered a healthier replacement for bread. It looks like a crepe with ham and cheese in the middle though there are several variations of the fillings such as strawberries and nutella.

Is Brazil a long way from home? Take a look at our guide to long haul flights here.