Interesting Things To Do in 9 Fascinating Brazil Cities
Most travellers hear the word Brazil and automatically think of lively locals living it up on the beaches. Many urban explorers may be surprised to discover that nearly ¾ of Brazil’s enormous population (of about 155 million people) live in cities. And whilst some of Brazil’s concrete jungles may in fact be centred around the coast, some of them are incredibly modern and cosmopolitan, and others are incredible examples of working contrasts between historic influences and the technology and demands of a growing population.
Here a list of the most interesting Brazil cities to consider exploring on your travels.
Things to do in 9 fascinating Brazil cities:
Salvador de Bahia
Salvador de Bahia
Things to do: Wander through Brazil’s past in the historic district of Pelourinho & listen to the drums of the Olodum. Take the Elevador Lacerda between the Upper and Lower cities or head to the iconic lighthouse in Barra. Sample African cuisine with an Acaraje or Moqueca, dance in the street at Rio Vermelho.
Things to do: Get your culture fix at Museum of Arte Sao Paulo (MASP) or the Afro Brazilian Museum (NAME). Walk through Vila Madalena admiring the street art or spend a day at the immense Ibirapuera Park. Explore downtown with its interesting architecture or try the ‘Rodizio’ at a Japanese restaurant in Liberdade.
Things to do: Be awed by the architecture and planning that went into Brasilia. Design highlights include the National Seat of Congress, Metropolitan Cathedral, Presidential Palace, Juscelino Kubitshcek Memorial Bridge.
Things to do: Discover the Parque das Pedreiras (quarry park) or visit the impressive Wire Opera House. Explore the arts at the Oscar Neimeyer Museum or walk through the many other exhibitions as part of the Cultural Complex of Barao downtown.
Things to do: Laze away or surf at one of the 42 different beaches or go sand boarding at Joaquina beach. Party away with the city’s buoyant electronic music scene and some of the best nightclubs in the country.
Things to do: Get lost in the vast Pampuhla Park as you check out the Minerao stadium and Saint Francis de Assisi church. Eat some Pao de quiejo at one of the city’s many neighbourhood bars or explore the nightlife and restaurants of the Savassi district. See the city from above at Pope’s Square or visit the wildlife at Parque Mangareibas.
Things to do: See historical icons in Manaus such as the opera house Teatro Amazonas. Venture into the Amazon rainforest and don’t forget the meeting of the waters where the Solimoes River and the Rio Negro meet in a fascinating natural spectacle.
Things to do: Wander the historical district filled with gorgeous tiled buildings and keep an ear out for the sounds in this capital of reggae. See the sand dunes at Calhau or go surfing in Sao Marcos. Experience the incredible cultural festival bumba-meu-boi.
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
Things to do: Be astounded by the views of this scenic city from Corcovado mountain (where you will find Christ the Redeemer) or take a cable car ride from Sugarloaf mountain. Visit Maracana Stadium or step through Escadaria Selaron. Relax or play at Copacabana or Ipanema beach.