With Olympic fever building ahead of the Games this summer, we all know that Rio is an amazing place to be. But the South American country stretches far further than its most famous city...
Where to go in Brazil to avoid the Rio Olympics this summer
The ultimate guide for where to go in Brazil that's not Rio de Janeiro.
Fortaleza is one of Brazil's most popular places to visit and it's easy to see why. With brilliant beaches, dynamic shopping and a lively culture, the capital of the Ceará state is Brazil's fifth largest city. The most popular beach is Praia do Futuro, but other favourites include Iracema, Mucuripe and Meireles.
São Paulo, São Paulo
Not only is São Paulo the largest city in Brazil, it is also one of the largest in the world in terms of population. Located in southeastern Brazil, it is known for its skyscrapers, gastronomy and robust culture scene. It's an ethnically diverse city, including being home to the largest Japanese community outside of Japan. It may be known as a concrete jungle, but the city also contains a large number of public parks and even chunks of rainforest.
Brasilia, Distrito Federal
Brazil's capital since 1960, Brasilia's infrastructure is designed in the shape of a plane. Each of its sections serve as different districts, including one for government and others for commercial, residential and cultural. If architecture's your thing, Brasilia is quite simply paradise. Be sure to check out the Three Powers Square (housing the Presidential Palace), the National Congress, the Supreme Court and the Brasilia Cathedral - the latter has a glass roof that resembles hands reaching up to heaven.
Known as 'Brazil's Venice' for its numerous waterways and bridges, Recife is the capital of Pernambuco. Situated amid tropical forests with many islands and rivers, it's a popular tourist destination because of its historic old town, beaches and vibrant culture. Its history as a Dutch colony during the 17th century remains incredibly visible in the architecture and culture of the city. Recife also boasts some of the best beaches in the whole of Brazil, especially Boa Viagem!