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Brazil is huge – in terms of size, it ranks behind only Russia, Canada, China, and the United States. It’s no surprise, then, that Brazil is spread across three time zones, contains a spectacular variety of geographical landscapes, features a pair or major cities, and generally dominates the South American continent.

Brazil Cities and Regions


Cruise down a jungle river in the sprawling but sparsely populated Amazon Basin to catch a glimpse of pumas, howler monkeys, and manatees in their natural habitat. See our Amazon Travel Guide


Sample African-influenced cuisine, revel in the lively local music scene, and soak up the sun on the unspoiled tropical beaches of Bahia, lined with colonial towns established by Portuguese settlers.

Central West

Explore the geographical contrast where the rainforest and savanna meet dusty high plains and rugged red mountains; further south, the expansive Pantanal wetlands are a haven for bird watchers.


Marvel at Iguazu Falls, experience gaucho culture, catch a boat to the popular Santa Catarina island, and wander through European-style villages in the subtropical southern region. See our Iguazu Falls Travel Guide


Hit the city streets (and the legendary beaches) in the country’s most populous area and economic center. The busy, prosperous Southeast encompasses Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Belo Horizonte.

Rio de Janeiro

Take in the panoramic views from Corcovado, stare at the beautiful people on the beach at Ipanema, and join in the energetic nightlife in the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City). See our Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide

São Paulo

Dive into the urban fray of art, commerce, and crime in Brazil’s answer to New York. Gorgeous old architecture and contemporary skyscrapers form the cityscape in this buzzing world capital. See our São Paulo Travel Guide


Armação de Búzios (its official name) was an isolated fishing village when Bardot fled there to avoid the paparazzi in Rio de Janeiro. Her visit sparked tourism development that transformed the town into the St. Tropez of South America. See our Buzios Travel Guide

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