Brazil is one of the most spectacular backpacking countries in the world. With its diverse eco-system, you can explore stunning beaches, waterfalls, the Amazon rainforest, the Pantanal, enormous cities, and much more.

It’s an incredibly varied landscape, with a population of over 200 million spread over 3.2 million square miles. So what should you see on your trip?

 

1. Rio de Janeiro

Rio landscape

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Everyone must see Rio once in their lifetime. The sprawling, vibrant metropolis enjoys a backdrop of rolling green hills, which makes it the perfect place to start your backpacking adventure. 

 

2. Florianópolis

Florianópolis

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With over 42 gorgeous beaches and eighteenth-century colonial buildings, Florianópolis combines natural beauty with historical charm and is the ideal place to put down your backpack on holiday.

 

3. Bahia

Bahia

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Situated in north-eastern Brazil, the reggae city captures the laid-back Brazilian lifestyle from the moment you arrive. It's a popular destination for capoeira fans, as the martial arts dance originates from Bahia, where everyone is free to take part.

 

4. Salvador

Salvador

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The historic colonial city is famous for its sandy coastline and is one of the oldest cities in the Americas. Come here for Carnival vibes and beaches perfect for sunbathing, swimming and surfing. Some of the most popular include Porto de Barra, Flamengo and Stella Maris.

 

5. Fernando de Noronha

Fernando de Noronha

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Fernando de Noronha sits off Brazil’s north-eastern coast and is an archipelago of volcanic islands. The UNESCO World Heritage site means only 420 people are allowed to explore the area at one time.

 

6. Pantanal

Pantanal

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In the world’s largest tropical wetland, you’ll find everything from caimans and capybaras, to crocodiles and blue macaws.

 

7. Manaus

Manaus

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No trip to Brazil can take place without a trip into the rainforest. Manaus is the Amazon’s biggest city and the gateway to the jungle. From here you can go a backpacking tour that will give you access to 1.7 billion acres of rainforest. 

 

8. Paraty

Paraty

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Paraty is a bustling town that gives backpackers a remarkable insight into traditional Brazilian life while also providing serenity amongst the mountains and colonial backdrop.

 

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