Anyone who follows the channel must have noticed how much Paulo and I enjoy natural landscapes. For us, there is nothing better than knowing a new place, enjoying the sunset and admiring beautiful views. And let’s agree that there is no shortage of destinations with this footprint here in Brazil? The country is full of charming places with incredible activities for all types of audiences – for the more adventurous or for those just looking for a beautiful place to relax.
Paulo and I already know some, like Chapada dos Veadeiros and Ilha de Boipeba, but it is clear that there are many other destinations missing in our Wishlist. These are trips that are easier to organize and do not need a expenses so high. As we never stop researching, I decided to share a short list with 10 unmissable destinations here in our country 😉 Who knows, they might not encourage you to plan your next vacation trip?
This is the seventh highest point in the country and is no less than 2,875 meters in altitude and 15 kilometers in length. Its top is full of sculptural rock formations, rivers, waterfalls, valleys and even its own fauna and flora. THE walking until then it is one of the best experiences for anyone visiting the region and is willing to walk a lot.
This mountain is located on the border of Brazil with Venezuela and Guyana, so, in addition to the access to the site being easier, there are several ways to think about the trip and the walking in itself. The climate varies a lot, and there is no time of year for the place to be completely without rain. I advise you to visit the place in November and March, which is when the rain gives a respite and then you get to know the attractions of Monte. Among them are La Ventana, one of the most incredible viewpoints with a beautiful view of the forest and waterfalls; and Punto Triple, the pyramidal monument that marks the border between the three countries.
Located in the Northeast of Goiás, the plateau covers 65,514 hectares. It is famous for its natural landscapes, dozens of waterfalls and huge rock walls. The itinerary can include from calmer walks, such as bird watching, massages and meditations, to more radical ones, such as abseiling and zip lines practiced near waterfalls. The heights of the waterfalls vary a lot, but if there’s one thing that doesn’t change is the water temperature … Get ready for a cold shower. To reach some of them, it is necessary to go through trails that vary from 2 km to 12 km, considering the outward and return. So, it is always good to think of comfortable clothes for the journey. Oh, and it is always advisable to have a guide for this type of tour, because road and trail signs do not always help.
Leisure options on the plateau: Mirante do Jardim de Maitreya, one of the main postcards of the region; the Vale da Lua, a rocky valley sculpted by the waters of the São Miguel River, which gets its name from the appearance of the stones, which resemble the lunar soil; and Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, an environmental reserve of more than 65 thousand hectares that gathers hundreds of springs and water courses and dozens of animal species. One of the most chosen routes is the Saltos Trail, from which it is possible to have a beautiful view of a 120 meter high waterfall. The route has 9 km counting the round trip. The reservation is open from Tuesday to Sunday, with entry allowed from 8am to 12pm. The departure must be done until 18h, ok?
The region, located in Tocantins, enchants mainly with the orange dunes that reach 40 meters in height; characteristic of the Brazilian cerrado. In addition to the abundant waters – rivers and streams of transparent and potable water -, the plateaus and mountains with savanna climate, rivers and waterfalls, springs and impressive rock formations. There are 34 thousand km² of land and the main attractions are located in the cities of Mateiros, Novo Accord, Ponte Alta do Tocantins and São Félix do Tocantins.
For the more adventurous, the region is ideal for practicing the rafting, canoeing, abseiling and walking and / or cycling trails. It is worth visiting the Cachoeira da Velha, a huge waterfall of approximately 15 meters high; the Mumbuca and Prata settlements, remaining quilombo communities; the Fervedouros, pools of transparent water in which it is impossible – yes, impossible – to sink! The pressure exerted by the water causes us to float, similar to the effect of the Dead Sea. It’s incredible!
Foz do Iguaçu
Often, when we think of Foz do Iguaçu the Falls always come to mind. It is no wonder that this is one of the most visited destinations, not only in the region, but in Brazil. The Falls are the heritage of the place, it is an almost mandatory stop for those who visit the region; thousands of people pass through there. They are located within the Iguaçu National Park, on the border between Brazil and Argentina. The tour comes down to the trail, but don’t think it’s a small thing, ok? The view to the waterfalls is possible during almost the entire route, in the gaps in the forest, but the final point (and main) is the “Garganta do Diabo”, as one of the most famous viewpoints in Brazil is known.
Still in this municipality of Paraná, another incredible place to visit is Parque das Aves. It is an Integrated Conservation Center for Atlantic Forest Birds. It is one of the largest in Latin America, whose main job is the conservation of 120 species of birds from the Atlantic Forest that are at risk of extinction.
One of the best places for those looking to align rest with nature. The atmosphere is super calm and relaxing, besides being wonderful! And it was for this natural beauty and the diversity of its ecosystem that the region was recognized by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site.
Located in the Archipelago of Tinharé, in the south of Bahia, the destination is perfect for those who simply want to disconnect for a few days; for that you can count on the help of the deserted beaches, with the walks and the trips by motorboat or canoe. It is no coincidence that we have been there twice and intend to return many more times 😉
Serra da Canastra
The most popular destination in the region is undoubtedly the Serra da Canastra National Park, which was created in 1972 and covers an area of more than 71 thousand hectares. The Park, located in the southwest of Minas Gerais, was created to protect the springs of the São Francisco River and the fauna and flora, still unknown by many people. The predominant vegetation is the rupestrian fields, with patches of cerrado and riparian forests.
The temperature there is very pleasant: in winter the thermometers are in the average of 17 degrees and in the summer they are in the 23. It is important to say that the period that rains most is between the months of December and February, so if that destination is in your vacation itinerary, I advise you to visit in the middle of the year. In addition to the vegetation, there are many animals that inhabit the region and which are worth getting to know, such as the maned wolf, the peasant deer and the giant anteater.
The main attractions of the Serra are the following: visit to a farm producing canasta cheese plus trail in the RPPN (Private Reserve of Natural Heritage) of Cachoeira do Cerradão; the Casca D’Anta waterfall; the Cerradão Trail; the Well of Orchids; and the Treasure Cave; among others.
Chapada dos Guimaraes
A postcard of Mato Grosso, the waterfall Véu de Noiva is one of the most visited places in Chapada. Besides it, the Chapada dos Guimarães National Park also attracts the attention of tourists. It is one of the main attractions of the city and the best: admission is free and open every day (including weekends and holidays). This is one of the best places in the region for hiking, biking, bathing in waterfalls and rivers, as well as contemplating the wonderful nature and fauna of yet another space in the Brazilian savannah!
Another incredible tour to do in Chapada is the walking to Morro de São Jerônimo. With more than 800 meters of altitude, it is one of the highest points of the park. The trail is 16 km; the journey takes seven hours – round trip. Oh, and lastly, be sure to visit the Aroe Jari Cave and the Lagoa Azul Cave – the largest sandstone cave in Brazil, 1550 meters long!
The dunes and the high temperature are perhaps the only things that really live up to the idea of desert. Nothing more. It rains a lot in the first semester, which is when the lagoons fill. In October, they are already starting to dry out, so you need to plan your trip well so as not to miss this wonderful sight that is the fresh waters of Maranhão. July, August and September are the best months to visit the place.
Access to the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park is through the municipality of Barreirinhas. It is worth remembering that to reach the most beautiful spots in the region you need to have a car with four-wheel drive and a lot of leg. The walk to reach the lakes is long; you will often need to face the climbs of more than 30 meters from the dunes. All the effort is worth it, of course!
There are more than 1,500 km² full of caves with large underground halls, giant canyons and waterfalls. Chapada Diamantina, in Bahia, is one of the best places in the world for those who enjoy adventure sports, such as climbing, abseiling, zip lines, floating, mountain biking, tree climbing, quad biking, canoeing, stand up and even free flight.
For those who like a good walk, it has the walking through the Pati Valley. A really cool curiosity is that the place has already housed hundreds of families. In the past, these trails in the Valley were used to drain the coffee that was planted in the region. There are several tourist routes nowadays and the routes vary from two to five days. For those looking for an even calmer walk, I advise you to opt for rural tourism: itineraries that involve trips to farms, many of them family farms.
The Pantanal is undoubtedly one of the most incredible places to explore the Brazilian fauna and flora. One of the most traditional tours for those who want to know the region is horseback riding and the best time of year for this is in the dry season, from April to September, which is when you can better observe the animals.
With a car, of course, you can also have a great view and we agree that in some cases it is even safer. Inside the vehicle you travel great distances, in addition to getting closer to alligators, capybaras, deer, toucans, tuiuiús, anteaters and even a jaguar can appear.
There are many tour options and it is advisable that all be done under the supervision of a guide or someone who knows the area. There is still room in the itinerary: canoe and boat trips, trails, bicycle tours, fishing, diving in transparent waters … Aah, don’t forget to go through the Arara Azul Project, which has been operating since 1990 and has already helped increase the population of the species of 1,500 to more than 5,000. Finally, you can also make a strategic stop in Bonito, in Mato Grosso do Sul 😉
There is really no shortage of paradisiacal destinations in our country and I can’t wait to get to know everything possible. Of course, there are many other must-see areas, such as the Amazon, Fernando de Noronha and even the best known beaches in the northeast, but this time I tried to focus on destinations with more options for those looking for adventure.
Do you know any more? Be sure to share it here in the comments and increase our Wishlist on a trip!