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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.

Ace Backpackers Café&Fun, Rua Sao Clemente 23 1st Floor We are located in the best area of Rio de Janeiro for backpackers where you can enjoy easy access everywhere... Beds From: $11.99

Albergue Hostel Ipanema, Rua Barão da Torre 175 Casa 14 We are located in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, just 3 blocks from one of the most charming beaches in Rio.... Beds From: $15.00

Alpha Hostel, Praia de Botafogo, 462/casa 3 Located just one block from Botafogo subway, in the safest area of Rio, Alpha Hostel is a nice, clean, friendly and drug free place to stay Beds From: $12.15

Ananab guesthouse rio, Rua Alice 681 Ananab Guesthouse Rio is situated at Laranjeiras, a residential area in the south of Rio de Janeiro. Offering panoramic views of the city, the guesthouse is set amongst trees. Beds From: $38.89

BaronGarden, Rua Barão de Guaratiba 195 Come to Rio de Janeiro and stay in a historical house with one of the best panoramic views of the city.. Beds From: $19.00

Botafogo Apartament, Sao Clemente 185 apt. 610 block 2 This is a comfortable two bedroom apartment in the heart of Botafogo, two blocks from the shore of Botafogo Beds From: $24.31

Botafogo Easy Hostel, Rua Bambina # 158 We keep our place in a easy, fun and mellow atmosphere & excellent vibration, that's why everybody call us ' The Easiers ' ready to provide anything you dream of ... Beds From: $17.01

Brazil Hostel, Rua Francisco Muratori 10 Brazil hostel of Santa Teresa / Lapa, the liveliest meeting point of Rio. Come and verify why our guests have the best comments about us. Beds From: $14.58

Casa39 International Student House, Rua Silva Castro 39 At Casa39 we provide accommodation for 7 people in a combination of single, twin and triple rooms... Beds From: $21.87

Casa6ipanema, Barão da Torre 175 / House nº6 A charming villa, 3 blocks from the beach in the heart of Ipanema, clean, safe and calm. Beds From: $19.44

Catete Hostel, Rua do Catete 92, Casa 1 This hostel in Rio de Janeiro opened its doors in September 2004 and offers all the safety and infrastructure you need to make your visit more pleasant.... Beds From: $13.61

Che Lagarto Hostel Budget, Av. Santa Clara 304 We have assembled this hostel as if it were for ourselves! There is little luxury, but a great atmosphere and lots of comfort Beds From: $13.61

Che Lagarto Hostels - Copacabana, Rua Anita Garibaldi #87 / Copacabana It's the best Hostel in Copacabana, one block from the Subway, 250 mts from the beach, the best indoor Bar, and of course all rooms with A/C !!! Beds From: $18.47

Che Lagarto Hostels -Ipanema- Rio de Janeiro, Rua Paul Redfern Nº48 Our brand new flagship hostel opened in December 2004 is situated in Ipanema only one block from the best beach Beds From: $20.90

Colinas Residencia, Rua Saint Roman 338 Located in Ipanema, 200 meters from two of Rio de Janeiro's most beautiful beaches… Beds From: $14.58

Copacabana Beach House, Leopoldo Miguez, 10 Copacabana We welcome travelers and other good people to Copacabana Beach House, Rio de Janiero Beds From: $17.01

Copacabana Sharing House, Rua Barata Ribeiro 258 This warm and friendly flat is ideal for those wishing to gain the maximum experience from Rio de Janeiro Beds From: $24.31

Copacabana Tropical Hostel, Travessa Frederico Pamplona n# 20 Welcome tourists and people who wish to travel to Copacabana Tropical Hostel! Beds From: $17.01

Copinha Hostel, Rua Felipe de Oliveira, 11 Welcome to our hostel situated on Copacabana Beach! Beds From: $16.04

Crab Hostel Brasil, Rua Prudente de Morais, 903 Cep:22420-041 Located in Ipanema, only 30 meters from the beach and 15 minutes from Copacabana and Leblon Beaches. Beds From: $19.44

El Misti Hostel, Av. R. Praia de Botafogo 462 Located in front of Botafogo Beach with an amazing view, El Misti Hostel is just 5 minutes from the beach... Beds From: $12.15

Favela Receptiva, Rua Brasília n. 06 - São Conrado Stay in Favela Receptiva! Stay in the heart of nature, a green picturesque place!... Beds From: $31.60

Hostel Copa Praia, Rua Tenente Marones de Gusmao 85 We are located in the most peacuful place of Copacabana, called Bairro do Peixoto... Beds From: $14.00

Hostel Harmonia, Rua Barão da Torre 175, casa 18 Located just 200 meters from Ipanema beach in a safe and quiet village, Harmonia is close to some of the best bars and nightclubs in Rio... Beds From: $21.87

Hotel Arpoador Inn, 177 Rua Francisco Otaviano Our hotel is the only in Rio that overlooks Arpoador Beach and is ideally located for all amenities. Beds From: $36.00

Hotel Colinas Residência, Rua Saint Roman, 338 Located in a priviliged place in Ipanema, 200 metres from two of Rio de Janeiro's most beautiful beaches (Copacabana Beach and Arpoador Beach) Beds From: $14.58

Hotel Rios Nice, Riachuelo Street 201 Rio's Nice Hotel is located in the centre of the city (Arcos da Lapa), which happens to be the best and happiest part of the city. Beds From: $14.58

Ipanema Beach House, Rua Barao da Torre, 485 Ipanema Beach House is the perfect place to stay if you want to relax on the beach as it is just 50 yards from here... Beds From: $21.87

Ipanema Sun Hostel, Rua Joaquim nabuco 165 Ipanema Sun hostel is located in the best part of town, between Ipanema and Copacabana beaches... Beds From: $15.00

Lemon Spirit Hostel, Rua Cupertino Durão #56 We are located just one block from the best beach in Rio, walking distance of great bars and clubs... and of course A/C in every room!!! Beds From: $19.44

Mellow Yellow Backpackers, Rua Barbosa Lima, 51 Welcome to Mellow Yellow, Rio's biggest and best backpackers. Beds From: $14.58

Newtons Roof Top Hostel, Rua Siqueira Campos, 182 This backpackers hostel is located in the heart of the lively area of Copacabana... Beds From: $14.58

Pousada Barra Vento, Ilha da Gigóia, 240 The Barra Vento Resort is located in the center of Barra da Tijuca, one of the most premium value area of Brazil.......... Beds From: $26.74

Pousada Favelinha, Rua Antonio Joaquim Batista, casa 13 The greatest view and the quietest environment you can imagine! The Pousada Favelinha is located on a small mountain in the heart of Rio de Janeiro Beds From: $17.01

Rio Backpackers, Travessa Santa Leocádia nº 38 Our hostel is just 4 blocks away from Copacabana Beach in a quiet cobblestone street... Beds From: $14.58

Rio Surf n Stay, Rua Raymundo Veras, 1140 Recreio dos Bandeirantes Rio Surf n Stay is a spacious Portuguese colonial house, located opposite to 'Macumba Beach" in Recreio dos Bandeirantes, on the outer skirts of Rio City Beds From: $17.11

Rio'n'Cout Bed & Comfort, Av. João Luís Alves 250 4th floor - URCA What about staying at the safest and calmest neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro? Then you should come and join us at Rio'n'Cout Bed & Breakfast... Beds From: $19.44

Stone of a Beach, Rua Barata Rebeiro 111 An old 1930's bohemian mansion in the middle of Copacabana! Just a minutes walk to the beach! Beds From: $13.12

Sun Rio Hostel, Praia de Botafogo, 462 Casa 5 Sun Rio Hostel is centrally located, in the neighbourhood of Botafogo, South Zone, just a few minutes from Rio's main attractions... Beds From: $17.01

The LightHouse Hostel, Barao da Torre, 175. Casa 20 A cute, quiet hostel owned and run by a New Zealander and a Brazilian. Located within Ipanema, one of the most beautiful and well-known areas of Rio de Janeiro. Beds From: $21.87

Tupiniquim Hostel, Rua Sao Manuel, 19 Tired of being a regular backpacker??.. An alternative hostel for alternative persons in Rio de Janeiro... near everything, safe, clean ... just different ... Beds From: $12.15

Vila Carioca Hostel, Rua Estácio Coimbra No 84 A freshly refurbished 1938 big house in a cozy villa with private security, 3 minute walk to Botafogo subway Beds From: $14.00

Vila CasaNova, Ladeira do Castro Our house is a charming four-floor rustic eighties construction where bricks and concrete are in contrast with nature and a wide view of the green and the city center.... Beds From: $29.17

Walk On The Beach Hostel, Rua Dias da Rocha 85 Looking for the best New Year's Party in the World?Copacabana is the answer. Looking for the best accommodation?You just found it! Book now - Limited Availability Beds From: $14.58

Wave Hostel, Rua Barao da Torre 175 / 05 Ipanema "From backpacker to backpacker." This is the spirit of the Ipanema Wave Hostel... Beds From: $17.01


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