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.

A typical airport bookstore with a limited selection of English paperbacks and a lot of people flipping through Caras, one of Brazil’s best-known gossip rags.

Above the city's fray in the boho-chic hilltop neighborhood of Santa Teresa sits a tiny shop specializing in native crafts. Loosely woven cotton rugs in sorbet shades are stacked next to 1920's photos of Corcovado Mountain. Also of note: sterling-silver jewelry.

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João Calazans, a.k.a. Calá, was an original Trancoso biribando. His ceramics, shown at his studio on the Quadrado, are among the best in town.

What to Expect: Majestic granite peaks jut from a jungle-covered range to create a spectacular backdrop for this mile-long, 300-foot-deep white-sand beach, which is covered in brightly colored umbrellas year-round.

The famous bar serves up a vast selection of cachaças and other local, traditional drinks.

This small artistic shop features a rotating selection of colorful wearable art and kitschy home wares, preserved in resin.

Brazil's most venerable chocolatier (founded in 1894) is hidden on a narrow street in chaotic Centro. The sweets, coffees, and tropical marmalades come in hand-painted packages, and the soaring frescoed ceilings seem lifted from a Viennese fantasy.

A nightclub-cum-antiques store.

The cozy, tiled Original elevates draft beer to high science. The brew (small-bubbled Brahma) rests in iceberg-cold tanks for at least two days to settle the head.

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.