After backpacking Brazil for two months we have narrowed down the best times we had. Follow the title links for more information on each experience.
1. New Years Eve celebration on Copacabana beach- it is the world’s largest NYE party, what more is there to say.
2. Chilling on Ilha Grande – the entire island was stunning and offered lots of different activities. It is also quite easy to access from Rio de Janeiro and is a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle.
3. Dune Buggy Tour in Natal – a full day of riding in a tiny buggy over massive roller coaster-type dunes made for a day of adrenaline and beautiful scenery.
4. Carnival in Rio de Janeiro – nobody parties like the Brazilians! Rio hosts 2 million tourists this time of year and all the locals join in on both street parties and the Sambadrome (both experiences were top-notch!)
5. Swimming in crystal clear water in the Chapada Diamantina National Park – the blue lagoon is a cave full of the bluest and most clear water you will ever see. You can see the bottom of the cave 50m deep!
6. Visiting Iguacu Falls – it’s one of the seven natural wonders of the world for a reason.
7. Street parties in São Paulo and Curitiba– bring your own booze or buy its cheap from the bars and stand in the middle of the street partying with the locals. I don’t know why street parties are so much more fun than the typical bar scene, but they just are.
8. Two Brothers Sunrise hike in Rio – Had a great hike first thing in the morning to watch
9. Chilling in the town of Pipa for a couple days – Pipa is a small, chilled out town great for relaxing. The beaches are beautiful and if you are lucky you will even see wild dolphins.
10. 600ml $2 beers on the beach in Fortaleza – You feel like a real tourist sitting in a beachside restaurant paying nearly nothing for ice cold beers and food all while locals are walking around selling all sorts of things . The Northeast of Brazil is very culturally different than then South, and we loved it!
11. Pre-Carnival Bloco in Salvador – Salvador is beautiful and colourful. The ore-carnival bloco we attended was a party of a lifetime.
12. Surfing in Florianopolis – The south of the island offers great waves and beautiful beaches. It is easy to rent surfboards as well as take lessons here.
13. Feeding monkeys – these cuties are everywhere and always keen for a banana
14. Exploring the historical town of Paraty – it is a very unique town full of history and conveniently also on the beach
15. Watching the dancers in Olinda – the type of dance they do in Recife and Olinda is unique to everywhere else in Brazil. Street performances are common.
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