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What to see in Brazil

Brazilia, a capital created ex nihilo in the centre of the country in 1956, was a landmark in the history of town planning. Urban planner Lucio Costa and architect Oscar Niemeyer intended that every element – from the layout of the residential and administrative districts (often compared to the shape of a bird in flight) to the symmetry of the buildings themselves – should be in harmony with the city's overall design.


The official buildings, in particular, are innovative and imaginative.

Historic Centre of São Luís
The late 17th-century core of this historic town, founded by the French and occupied by the Dutch before coming under Portuguese rule, has preserved the original rectangular street plan in its entirety.

Historic Centre of São Luís

Thanks to a period of economic stagnation in the early 20th century, an exceptional number of fine historic buildings have survived, making this an outstanding example of an Iberian colonial town.

Historic Centre of Salvador de Bahia
As the first capital of Brazil, from 1549 to 1763, Salvador de Bahia witnessed the blending of European, African and Amerindian cultures. It was also, from 1558, the first slave market in the New World, with slaves arriving to work on the sugar plantations.

Salvador de Bahia

The city has managed to preserve many outstanding Renaissance buildings. A special feature of the old town are the brightly coloured houses, often decorated with fine stucco-work.

Historic Centre of the Town of Diamantina


Diamantina, a colonial village set like a jewel in a necklace of inhospitable rocky mountains, recalls the exploits of diamond prospectors in the 18th century and testifies to the triumph of human cultural and artistic endeavour over the environment.

Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis: San Ignacio Mini, Santa Ana, Nuestra Señora de Loreto and Santa Maria Mayor (Argentina), Ruins of Sao Miguel das Missoes (Brazil)
The ruins of São Miguel das Missões in Brazil, and those of San Ignacio Miní, Santa Ana, Nuestra Señora de Loreto and Santa María la Mayor in Argentina, lie at the heart of a tropical forest.

Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis

They are the impressive remains of five Jesuit missions, built in the land of the Guaranis during the 17th and 18th centuries. Each is characterized by a specific layout and a different state of conservation.

Historic Centre of the Town of Olinda
Founded in the 16th century by the Portuguese, the town's history is linked to the sugar-cane industry. Rebuilt after being looted by the Dutch, its basic urban fabric dates from the 18th century.

Historic Centre of the Town of Olinda

The harmonious balance between the buildings, gardens, 20 Baroque churches, convents and numerous small passos (chapels) all contribute to Olinda's particular charm.

Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas
This sanctuary in Minais Gerais, south of Belo Horizonte was built in the second half of the 18th century.

Bom Jesus do Congonhas

It consists of a church with a magnificent Rococo interior of Italian inspiration; an outdoor stairway decorated with statues of the prophets; and seven chapels illustrating the Stations of the Cross, in which the polychrome sculptures by Aleijadinho are masterpieces of a highly original, moving, expressive form of Baroque art.

Maloca Guesthouse Arraial da Ajuda, Pousada Agua Marinha Arraial da Ajuda

Marina dos Anjos Hostel Arraial do Cabo, Pousada do Suiá Arraial do Cabo

O Sorriso do Lagarto Belo Horizonte

Pousada Quintal do Mar - Guesthouse Bombinhas

Buzios Adventure Hostel Buzios, Buzios Alegravila Central Hostel Buzios, Buzios Colinas Buzios, Buzios Hostel Buzios, Buzios Pousada Telhado Verde Buzios, Hibiscus Beach Pousada Buzios, Pousada do Bosque Buzios, Pousada Rasa Buzios Buzios, Solar Dop Peixe Vivo Buzios, Solar dos Navegantes Buzios, Zen-Do Guest House Buzios

Pero' hi youth hostel Cabo Frio

Pousada California Canoa Quebrada, Pousada La Dolce Vita Canoa Quebrada, Pousada Luaestrela Canoa Quebrada

Hotel Cupim Lazer Cristiano Otoni

Portal do Pantanal Cuiaba, Curitiba Eco Hostel Curitiba

Village Natureza Extrema

Albergue do Pirata Florianopolis, Bells Company Hostel Florianopolis, Estação Sol e Lua Florianopolis, Pousada Ancora Florianopolis, Pousada Jureremirim Florianopolis, Pousada Mar do Leste Florianopolis, Pousada Pouso do Marujo Florianopolis, Pousada Vila Tamarindo Inn Florianopolis, Sua Casa Bed and Breakfast Florianopolis, Surfcamp e Chale Gel & Susanne Florianopolis

Arara Hotel Pousada Fortaleza Brazil Fortaleza, Backpackers Ceara Fortaleza

Hostel Bambu Foz do Iguacu, Paudimar Falls Hostel Foz do Iguacu, Paudimar Hostel Foz do Iguacu, Pousada Sonho Meu Foz do Iguacu

HI! Hostel Zorro Ilha do Mel

Aquario Pousada - Hostel Ilha Grande, Che Lagarto Hostels - Ilha Grande Ilha Grande, Overnativa Ilha Grande

Pousada Terras do sem fim Ilheus

Hostel Albergue Lujimba Imbassai

Albergue O Pharol Itacare, Pousada Casa Zaza Itacare

Pousada Daime Sono Lencois, Pousada dos Duendes Lencois

Amazon Backpackers Manaus, Eco Amazon Lodge Manaus, Hostel Manaus Manaus

Dolphin Beach B@r Maragogi

Pousada Agua Viva Morro de Sao Paulo

Albergue da Costa Hostel Natal, Nautilus Apart Hotel Natal

Ale Friburgo Hostel Nova Friburgo

Chales de Olivença Olivenca

Paraty Bed & Breakfast Paraty, Paraty Hostel Casa do Rio Paraty, Pousada Guarana Paraty, Pousada Praia Serena Paraty, Pousada Villa del Rey Paraty, Trindade Sea and Forest Hostel Paraty

Ace Backpackers Youth Hostel Petropolis

Albergue da Costa Roots Hostel Pipa

Residencial Das Araras Porto Seguro Ace Backpackers Café&Fun Rio de Janeiro, Albergue Hostel Ipanema Rio de Janeiro, Alpha Hostel Rio de Janeiro, Ananab guesthouse rio Rio de Janeiro, BaronGarden Rio de Janeiro, Botafogo Apartament Rio de Janeiro, Botafogo Easy Hostel Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Hostel Rio de Janeiro, Casa39 International Student House Rio de Janeiro, Casa6ipanema Rio de Janeiro, Catete Hostel Rio de Janeiro, Che Lagarto Hostel Budget Rio de Janeiro, Che Lagarto Hostels - Copacabana Rio de Janeiro, Che Lagarto Hostels -Ipanema- Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro, Colinas Residencia Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana Apartment Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana Beach House Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana Sharing House Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana Tropical Hostel Rio de Janeiro, Copinha Hostel Rio de Janeiro, Crab Hostel Brazil Rio de Janeiro, El Misti Hostel Rio de Janeiro, Favela Receptiva Rio de Janeiro, Hostel Copa Praia Rio de Janeiro, Hostel Harmonia Rio de Janeiro, Hotel Arpoador Inn Rio de Janeiro, Hotel Colinas Residência Rio de Janeiro, Hotel Rios Nice Rio de Janeiro, Ipanema Beach House Rio de Janeiro, Ipanema Sun Hostel Rio de Janeiro, Ipanema Wave Hostel Rio de Janeiro, Lemon Spirit Hostel Rio de Janeiro, Mellow Yellow Backpackers Rio de Janeiro, Newtons Roof Top Hostel Rio de Janeiro, Pousada Favelinha Rio de Janeiro, Rent Apart Rio de Janeiro, Rio Backpackers Rio de Janeiro, Rio Hostel Rio de Janeiro, Rio Surf n Stay Rio de Janeiro, Rio'n'Cout Bed & Comfort Rio de Janeiro, Robby's House Rio de Janeiro, Stone of a Beach Rio de Janeiro, Sun Rio Hostel Rio de Janeiro, The LightHouse Hostel Rio de Janeiro, Tupiniquim Hostel Rio de Janeiro, Vila Carioca Hostel Rio de Janeiro, Vila CasaNova Rio de Janeiro, Walk On The Beach Hostel Rio de Janeiro

A Meson Pousada Salvador, Albergue Das Estrelas Salvador, Albergue das Laranjeiras Salvador, Albergue do Passos Salvador, Albergue do Porto Youth Hostel Salvador, Albergue dos Anjos Salvador, Albergue Hostel São Jorge Salvador, Albergue Jardim Brazil Salvador, Barra Hostel Salvador, Hotel Lagoa e Mar Salvador, Hotel Solar dos Romanos Salvador, Iemanja Hostel Salvador, Nega Maluca Guesthouse Salvador, Pousada dos Sonhos Salvador, Pousada Estrela do Mar Salvador, Pousada Pais Tropical Salvador, Salvador Hostel Salvador, Village Novo Salvador

Jungle Beach Lodge Sana

ACE International Youth Hostel/Bed&Breakfast Sao Paulo, Hostelling International Praça da Arvore Sao Paulo, Hotel Rojas All Suite Sao Paulo, Pousada & Hostel São Paulo Sao Paulo, São Paulo Hostel Downtown Sao Paulo

Pousada Itauna Inn Saquarema, Irmao Sol Chales Serra da Canastra

Som do Mar Trancoso


Where to stay in

Arraial da Ajuda

Arraial do Cabo

Belo Horizonte



Cabo Frio

Canoa Quebrada

Cristiano Otoni






Foz do Iguacu

Ilha do Mel

Ilha Grande







Morro de Sao Paulo


Nova Friburgo






Porto Seguro

Rio de Janeiro



Sao Paulo


Serra da Canastra


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