Visiting the Non-Beach of Brazil

With its collection of amazing beaches, Brazil has always been among the most visited countries for the beach culture alone. But there is definitely more to this South American country than its pristine beaches, Christ the Redeemer Statue and rhythmic samba music.

It is impossible not to talk about Brazil without mentioning the Amazon. The second longest river in world, the Amazon River is one of the most well known places in Brazil. You can go kayaking through the flooded jungle or go by foot and trek up rocky cliff tops to get a perfect panoramic view of the country’s natural beauty.

Hiking and Trekking is definitely not something that comes to mind when it comes to Brazil. But with its 76 national parks and an overwhelming variety of habitats, there is just too much to explore when it comes to experiencing local wildlife and viewing breathtaking panoramas. Ideally, the Atlantic and Amazon Forest is the best bet to start experiencing Brazil minus the beaches, but there are also the Pantanal wetlands to consider, the waterfall-covered chapadas and not to forget, the cerrado highlands of the Interiors.

Recommended hikes include a Rio de Janeiro day hike to the highest peaks located in the Tijuca National Park and a round trip trek to the granite rock of Sugar Loaf Mountain. If you want to experience a little bit of history on your hikes, head to the State of Minas Gerais, where one of its many trails may lead you to any of a dozen historic gold rush towns nestled in the mountains.

Another sought after activity in the Amazon includes climbing up any one of the giant trees that make up the jungle and experiencing an unforgettable view from the top of a 60-meter tree. There is definitely no other better way to immerse oneself in the Amazon rainforest than spending a night in the canopy of trees, listening to the jungle and watching colorful macaws fly right over your head.

Of course the other thing that every tourist has to experience is the countries national game, football. Brazilians are known for their love of the beautiful game. Due to their passion for the sport, Brazilians gave their country the name “o Pais do Futebol” or “The Country of Football”. The Brazilian Football team has the record for being the only team to qualify for every World Cup ever since the inception of the international football league. The National Football team of Brazil has won the World Cup five times.