Check out these picture-perfect backdrops and viewpoints in Brazil.
Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth largest in the world. It's famous for its football and its annual Carnival celebration. Overall it's a country of great cultural diversity, and there's more to Brazil than just its classic tourist spots. Read on to find out about some of the most stunning places that this country has to offer.
The Iguazu Falls make up the largest waterfall system in the world. The falls are split between Brazil and Argentina in a large expanse of national park. Not only can the falls be accessed from either side of the Argentina-Brazil border, they can also be accessed via Paraguay. While the majority of the falls are located within Argentina, you'll get the best views from the Brazilian side.
To get the perfect shot of the Sugarloaf Mountain head to Praia Vermelha. With an unforgettable view of the Sugarloaf, Praia Vermelha is possibly the most idyllic beach in all of Rio. The natural scenery is simply breathtaking. However, avoid the bar and beach restaurant to save money and buy some coconut water at one of the kiosks instead.
The colorful mosaic staircase inbetween Rio's Lapa and Santa Teresa neighborhoods is perfect for a selfie. Chilean artist Jorge Selarón built the stairs. He was a world traveler, a painter and a ceramic artist travelling all over the Americas, Europe and Asia, visiting in total more than 50 countries. When he arrived to Rio de Janeiro in 1983, he fell in love with the city and decided to stay.
To the left of Copacabana Beach, like Praia Vermelha, is the towering mountain of Sugarloaf and Fort Duque de Caxias. On the right is Copacabana Fort, which dates back to 1914. It houses the Army Historical Museum. The beach runs 2.2 miles (4 km) in an east-west direction from Postos Dois to Posto Seis. Take a walk along it to enjoy some incredible sand sculptures, and when you get thirsty try some agua de coco (coconut water) straight from a coconut. You should also look out for the iconic Portuguese pavement sidewalks, which will lead you to a section of the beach with lounge chairs and sun umbrellas.
The view from the summit of Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain) is simply breathtaking. From the top you can catch a glimpse of some of Rio's most iconic attractions such as Christ the Redeemer and Copacabana. Visiting this 600-million-year-old peak is a must. Take a funicular to the top: the bubble-shaped car provides 360-degree views of the city through its glass walls and roof. The ascent takes a total of six minutes, allowing plenty of time to capture some wonderful images.
Museu do Amanhã, also known as the Museum of Tomorrow, was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. It is located on the Pier Mauá, Rio de Janeiro. It was part of Rio de Janeiro's efforts to modernize its harbor for the 2016 Olympic Games. The Museum and its surrounding gardens form a central part of the Porto Maravilha. Mixing science and art, the 230m BRL (59m USD) institution devotes itself to issues such as environmental degradation, social collapse and the effects of global warming.
Christ the Redeemer, or Cristo Redentor, is located at the summit of Mount Corcovado. It was completed in 1931 and stands at 98 feet tall. It's height is what makes the statue visible from almost everywhere in the city of Rio de Janeiro. The statue is the largest Art Deco sculpture in the world and is one of Rio de Janeiro's most recognizable landmarks. Tourists love taking pictures of the statue and also of the view of the city from the moutaintop.
Pelourinho is Salvador da Bahia's historic center and is home to some of the prettiest pastel-hued colonial architecture in Brazil. As the first capital of Brazil, from 1549 to 1763, Salvador da Bahia witnessed the blending of European, African and Amerindian cultures. The city has managed to preserve many outstanding Renaissance buildings. A special feature of the old town is the brightly colored houses, often decorated with fine stucco-work.
Hotel Unique in São Paulo, is renowned for its bold architecture and ultra-hip design. Designed by architect Ruy Ohtake, Hotel Unique is the epitome of modern luxury. The innovative ship-shaped building boasts a weathered copper façade complete with oversized portholes. Upon arrival you'll be greeted with champagne by staff. This hotel is definitely worth checking into. Its suites' curved walls and bright red rooftop pool are the perfect addition to your Instragram.
Paraty is one of Brazil's most picturesque destinations with peninsulas, secluded beaches and a backdrop of jungled mountains. Located between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo on the lush Costa Verde, this small coastal town is also known for its beautiful colonial center. This place is an idyllic getaway if you want to visit a place that's rich in history. Paraty's colonial center is remarkable not only for its exquisitely preserved, centuries-old architecture, but also for its lack of automobile traffic. Elegant white buildings decorated with fantastic colorful borders and latticed windows blend harmoniously with the natural beauty that envelops the town.