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Comprehending the extent and variety of Brazil’s natural beauty isn’t an easy task. Fortunately, areas that have been officially deemed national parks provide an overview of the country’s offerings. Venture into at least one to marvel at towering waterfalls, dramatic rock formations, and a range of unusual wildlife.

Brazil National Parks

Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Guimarães

The view over one South America’s steepest canyons and a major waterfall are just two of many breathtaking attractions at this rocky, desert-like national park that’s considered the continent’s geological center. The park is accessible from the central city of Cuiabá.

Central West, 34 miles northeast of Cuiabá, 011-55-65-301-2045
Tags: hiking | outdoors | national park

Parque Nacional da Tijuca

It’s difficult to believe you’re still within Rio’s city limits as you hike past the waterfalls and lush rainforest vegetation of this exotic national park. This urban oasis gives visitors a sense of what the region was like before the city existed.

, 011-55-21-2492-5407, www.rio.rj.gov.br/riotur/en/atracao/?CodAtr=1516
Tags: family | outdoors | national park | rainforest

Parque Nacional de Aparados da Serra

Deep canyons and waterfalls are the central features of this striking national park in southern Brazil. The trails, which provide a strong sense of the area’s geography, are recommended for experienced hikers.

South, 41 miles northeast of Saõ Francisco de Paula,
Tags: family | hiking | outdoors | wildlife | national park

Parque Nacional de Chapada Dos Veadeiros

Sparkling natural pools and big skies abound at this gorgeous park in Brazil’s Central West. Visitors are required to employ official guides when exploring this cerrado landscape (perhaps that’s because wolves run free through the canyons).

Central West, 155 miles north of Brasília, 011-55-61-646-1159, www.chapada.com
Tags: family | hiking | outdoors | wildlife | national park

Parque Nacional de Los Lençóis Maranhenses

Bright white sand dunes stretch as far as the eye can see at this isolated national park in the northeast. During cooler months, clear rainwater collects in pools between the dunes, creating a dazzling contrast in color.

Northeast, Just east of the Baía de São José, www.parquelencois.com.br
Tags: family | hiking | wildlife | national park

Parque Nacional de Ubajara

This park is small in size compared to most others in Brazil, but its series of caves, waterfalls, limestone formations, and sweeping vistas make it a worthwhile stop. Complimentary guides take visitors into the depths of this northeastern attraction.

Northeast, 200 miles west of Fortaleza, www.mre.gov.br
Tags: outdoors | national park

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