Brazil is such a massive country that deciding where to visit during a tour of Brazil can be a challenge. The size of the continental United States and with a varied geography that encompasses everything from deep dense Amazon Rain, modern urban metropolises, and of course plenty stretches of sandy beaches, means the vacation options are nearly endless. However, if you only have a week or so in Brazil, you will probably want to visit the highlights. Here are two places you should definitely visit on a South America package to Brazil.
Rio de Janeiro. One can’t think of Brazil without thinking of Rio de Janeiro. Although this famous city is not the country’s capital, it is one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in all of South America. With a surprisingly efficient and clean transportation system, it is easy to explore all the corners of this city, which is nestled between lush semi-tropical mountains and some of the most famous beaches in the world. Christ the Redeemer is located in Rio, and was recently named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. The statue can be seen from miles away and pops up over the top of apartment buildings when you least expected it. And of course, the view of the city from the top it remarkable. However, it can be argued that an even better view can be seen from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, which is along the ocean and is perfect to see the sun set between Christ the Redeemer.
Iguazu. Although Rio de Janeiro is impressive both for its man-made as well as natural attractions, Iguazu Falls is pure natural majesty. Located where the borders of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay meet, Iguazu is fairly isolated but worth the extra journey. A cascade of 275 individuals falls combine to make this impressive panoramic of waterfalls. One can visit the falls from both Brazil and Argentina, although note that to visit the Brazil side you do need a visa if you’re from the United States, Canada, or Argentina, and you must have this visa before your trip to Brazil. The Argentinian side is more extensive, with two main paths called the Upper and Lower circuits. On the Brazil side you get better overall views of the falls from the other side of the river, and a walk way close to the bottom of the falls.