Your first stop in Brazil is Fortaleza.
The coastal city is one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations with over 34 kilometres of beaches. The Praia de Jericoacoara Beach definitely encompasses that holiday atmosphere and is also considered Brazil’s most beautiful beach.
If you are interested in culture, take a stroll through Dragão do Mar Centre of Art and Culture, and visit the art museum, the planetarium, or an amusement park. You will find ancient buildings, the Cathedral Metropolitano and many other architectural highlights in the city centre.
The Refugio Hostel offers good accommodation near the beach for €9 in an eight-bed dorm.
Continue your trip by plane to Manaus for approximately €80. The city on the Rio Negro is also called the gateway to the rainforest because it is a popular starting point for jungle tours.
A visit to the largest rainforest in the world is an absolute must on your Brazil trip. To vividly experience the fascinating jungle, it is best to book a tour for several days.
We recommend the following jungle tour, where you spend five exciting days in the primary rainforest:
You’ll get to know the impressive flora and fauna with huge trees, medicinal plants, monkeys, sloths and many other exotic animals and plants while hiking. Taste spearfishing, visit a native jungle village, go on a night hike and watch the rare pink and grey river dolphins on an Amazon canoe trip.
This unforgettable adventure costs €310 per person and includes four nights in the Juma Eco Reserve located directly on the river with bathing facilities, hostel transfer, a full board and a guide.
Next stop: São Paulo. Flights from Manaus to Brazil's largest city start from only €90.
São Paulo offers numerous attractions that help create a lively atmosphere: The colourful street markets, a creative street art scene, modern skyscrapers, shopping malls and the vibrant nightlife. Our insider tip is the Altino Arantes Building. The 161-metre-high office building in São Paulo’s centre offers a magnificent panoramic view of the city from its viewing platform.
An oasis in the big city is Ibirapuera Park, the city’s largest park, which is perfect for a walk in the greenery and has a great skyline view. Praça da Sé square and the 92-metre tall Catedral da Sé, the fourth largest neo-Gothic cathedral in the world, are also worth seeing.
An overnight stay in a four-bed dorm costs €13 in the centrally located O de Casa Hostel.
The next stop is Iguazu, which means “Big Water” – it can be reached by bus for about €30.
The world’s largest waterfalls are in the region, where Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina meet. Iguazu waterfalls are an absolute must-see on any trip to South America. They comprise 20 gigantic waterfalls and hundreds of smaller ones and extend over more than 2.5 kilometres.
A bus will bring you from the city centre directly to the national park’s entry from where you can explore the unique landscape on various circular walks. Its main attraction, Garganta del Diablo, is also called the Devil's Throat. Experience the incredible power of the water falling from an 80-metre height first-hand – a fascinating natural spectacle.
Watch coatis and many other indigenous species in the jungle thicket or take a refreshing bath in one of the many smaller waterfalls along the way. Not far from the national park you can stay at the Hostel Bambu for €13 in a six-bed dorm.
Rio de Janeiro
You cannot miss Rio de Janeiro while in Brazil. Fly to it from Iguazu for about €60.
Rio is located at the foot of Sugar Loaf Mountain and is well-known for samba, carnival, temperament, joie de vivre and dream beaches like Ipanema and Copacabana. The latter is probably the most famous beach in the world! The city's landmark is the 38-meter-high statue of Christ the Redeemer, which is located at the peak of Corcovado Mountain, overlooking the city.
With this day city tour you won't miss any attraction: visit, among other things, São Conrado beach, the Tijuca National Park, Christ the Redeemer, the traditional Santa Teresa quarter and the legendary lapa steps from Snoop Dogs' music video 'Beautiful'. The day’s crowning glory is the beautiful sunset over the ocean, which you can watch from Sugar Loaf Mountain, 394 meters above sea level.
This exciting day only costs €50: It includes entrance fees, transportation and a guide. Overnight at the Lemon Spirit Hostel for €16 per night in a six-bed dorm during your time in Rio.
Take the plane for about €90 to Fortaleza.
Back in the coastal city, reminisce over your trip during a relaxed beach day, let the sun shine on your stomach and enjoy a refreshing Água de Coco in the stress-free atmosphere of the beach bars.
In the city centre, you can also shop for souvenirs and gifts for your loved ones or enjoy the vibrant nightlife before it's time to catch the plane back home.
Although you have already seen quite a bit of South America in a short time, be sure to come back since there is much more to discover on this exciting continent. So, until your next trip, Até a proxima!