Brazil's Famous and Sought-after Places That'll Blow Your Mind

Famous places to visit in Brazil
Brazil has been an alluring destination for people of varied interests. Right from its untouched wilderness to its pristine beaches, this country tops the list of vacationers even today. Let's find out which attractions make Brazil one of the most sought-after destinations around the world.
The largest Lusophone country in the world, Brazil is known for many places that offer a traveler visual and spiritual gratification. A hub for ecotourism and recreational activities, the country is famous for its natural resources. These resources ensure that millions of tourists visit the country every year. In 2010 alone, Brazil saw 5.1 million visitors and this number grew by 14.5% the next year.

Brazil, the fifth largest country in the world, has 19 World Heritage Sites, out of which 7 are natural and the rest are cultural. There are many other places that attract travelers in millions. In this article, we have listed the best of both. Check them out!
Also known as Cristo Redentor in Portuguese, this statue of Jesus of Nazareth is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It was built between 1922 and 1931 using concrete and soapstone (talc schist). The statue of Christ is almost 40 meters tall, 30 meters wide, and weighs around 635 tons. The sculpture, that has now become a symbol of Christianity in Brazil, is the 5th largest statue of Jesus Christ in the world, and is located at the peak of the Corcovado Mountain.
Iguazu falls are the waterfalls of the Iguazu river, dividing the river into upper Iguazu and lower Iguazu. These falls, also known as Iguassu or Iguaçu Falls are located on the border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, and feature on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The total height of the falls varies from 60 to 82 meters, with the width being 1.7 meters. In November 2011, the New Seven Wonders of the World Foundation declared the Iguazu Falls as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
This is a Roman Catholic Cathedral designed by Oscar Niemeyer. The cathedral is made of 16 concrete columns forming a hyperboloid structure which is a structure planned with a hyperbolic geometry. Established in 1958 and completed in 1970, this cathedral has 4 giant bells which were donated by Spain, and an altar donated by Pope Paul VI. The cathedral does not have a specific community, since it is located at the Esplanada dos Ministérios. Thus, out of the 1 million visitors per year, most of the population is of tourists and those working at Esplanada dos Ministérios.
Located in the state of Maranhão, Parque Nacional dos Lençóis Maranhenses is an area of low and flat land, covered with large sand dunes. Covering almost 1,000 square kilometers of area, the white sand dunes are tapped by calm turquoise-blue water pools. This area is situated next to the Amazon Basin, and receives a considerably large amount of rainfall during the starting of the year. Thus, the best time to visit the national park is any time between May and September, when the weather is pleasant and the lagoons (pools) are not dried or flooded.
This is a hydroelectric dam built on the Paraná River, on the border of Brazil and Paraguay. This dam is a combination of embankment, buttress and gravity dams, and is the largest hydroelectric facility in reference to annual energy generation (94.7 TWh in 2008). The volume of the dam is 12,300,000 m3, and the capacity of the reservoir is 29,000,000,000 m3. In 1994, the Itaipu Dam was elected by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World.
Stretching over 2.5 miles in length, Copacabana is one of the most visited beaches in the world. It extends from Posto Dois to Posto Seis, with historic forts present at its ends. It has been the official venue of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, and is going to be one of the 'Olympic Zones' during the Summer Olympics of 2016. The beach is also famous for the Copacabana Promenade, where a black and white pavement of Portuguese design has been landscaped for 4 km.
Sugarloaf Mountain is a 396 meter (above the harbor) peak in Rio de Janeiro. It is located at the mouth of Guanabara Bay, and derives its name from its resemblance to the shape of a refined loaf sugar. The mountain is actually a monolith of granite and quartz, arising from the water's edge near Rio de Janeiro. Rock climbing and cable car rides are one of the many adventurous activities taking place on this mountain.
Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí, often called Sambadrome or Sambódromo, is a parade area especially built for the Rio Carnival, where different samba schools compete each year. Designed by Oscar Niemeyer and built in 1984, this area is located in downtown Rio de Janeiro. It stretches for 700 meters, and has a capacity of 90,000 spectators. The carnival parades take place right before the beginning of Lent and go on for four consecutive nights, when the samba schools perform one after another from 8 pm in the evening till morning. This venue will also host the events of archery and the marathon during the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Brazil has a destination for every type of traveler out there. So whether you are a wildlife enthusiast or a history lover, pack your bags and get ready to be enthralled!
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