Brazil

Things to do in Brazil

The options of things to do in Brazil are endless because the country is so diverse. For starters, it’s home to the most biologically diverse habitat in the world, the Amazon rainforest. Guided tours and walks, flyovers and more are available to let you explore this incredible habitat in your own chosen way. Meanwhile, the cities of Brazil contain an intensity and diversity of urban experiences that can’t be matched elsewhere. Americans walking through the streets of São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro might be reminded of a mashup of New York and New Orleans, with nightlife to match.

Activities in Brazil aren’t limited to wildlife and nightlife. There’s also culture, from the São Paulo Museum of Art is an architectural masterpiece. Inside, find collections of contemporary, local, African, indigenous, and Asian art. But if that doesn’t hold your interest, you could take a closer look at the gigantic statue of Christ the Redeemer that towers over Rio, take the cable car to the top of the Sugarloaf Mountain, or visit São Paulo’s glorious Ibirapuera Park.

Run by the Pousada Etnia, this shop has Osklen bikinis and swim trunks; colorful tops and dresses from Rio’s Cantão label; and a good selection of hats and handbags.

The Marina All Suites Hotel bar is a Technicolor pastiche of ice-blue and orange walls and Jetsons-style bar stools—all occupied by tall, tan, lean, and lovely locals. Try the bar's signature caipiroska, a caipirinha that substitutes vodka for cachaça.

The museum hold an extensive collection of crafts that trace the African tradition in Brazil. The structure of the museum was once Brazil’s first School of Medicine.

This tiny art gallery run by Brazil’s government-owned airport management company hosts small monthly painting, sculpture, and photo exhibitions from Brazilian artists, some of which, depending on their popularity, spill out into the terminals.

Rio-born-and-bred Bernardo sells strictly contemporary jewelry designs, many in his signature matte finish. Earrings go for about $2,000, but the adorable charms—a teensy rolling pin, a Lilliputian window with real hinged shutters—start at just $90.

Here, Japanese karepan (curry buns) are sold alongside Brazilian palmito cakes and eggy breads laced with Portuguese sausage.

Some of Rio's most beautiful—and well-preserved—colonial architecture can be found in these adjacent up-and-coming neighborhoods.

Originally founded in 1636, this church was rebuilt in Neoclassical style in 1828.

If you’ve been putting off a visit to the dentist, this spotless dental office will clean your teeth, whiten, and take X-rays for a fraction of the U.S. price ($40-$60). The doc is in from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.