Brazil - Resorts
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro is one of the most spectacular cities on the planet. Even the well-traveled individuals will love what the city has to offer. One of the best ways to appreciate the setting is by going up Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar), where you'll get a fantastic 360 degree view of Rio and Guanabara Bay. Across the Bay, you will see the Rio-Niteroi bridge (13,9 km long). Cariocas (Rio natives) disagree on which point gives the most wonderful view: Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf) or Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer), elected one of the "New 7 Wonders of the World". It is well worth experiencing both and deciding afterwards which view is better. Notice how the natural harbour is surrounded by lush, high mountains that meet the sea in the world-famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.
Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain gives an even higher perspective, and is the most well known and recognized landmark of Rio. You can take a tram up to the statue—the best view is on the right-hand side. From up here you can see that Rio is divided by a mountain range into two areas: the Zona Norte (North Zone) and the Zona Sul (South Zone). The Zona Sul holds most of the city’s sights, including the Sugar Loaf and the famous beaches.
Do not be dissuaded from visiting one of the most beautiful cities in the world by the negative press that Rio receives. Rio de Janeiro is a large city and is not free from the problems associated with poverty. First time travelers to Rio should be aware of their surroundings at all times and stay away from the favelas (slums). If you can afford it, hire a driver for your touring: not only will they keep you safe, they will also show you things you may have missed on your own.
Belem, like Manaus, is a jumping-off point for those seeking Amazon adventures, and also one of Brazil's busiest ports -- about 60 miles upriver from the Atlantic Ocean. The river is the Para, part of the greater Amazon river system, and the city is built on a number of small islands intersected by channels and other rivers. One part of Belem contains modern skyscrapers and the other part, the colonial section, has charming tree-filled squares, churches, and traditional blue tiles. Belem is a hot and rainy city with very high humidity. The equatorial climate means little variance from day to day, but the wettest months are between January and May.
The market is on the dock and one of the largest in Brazil. It was designed and built in England and assembled in Belem. Here you'll find plenty of fresh fruits, plants, and fish, and also medicinal herbs and potions, alligator and crocodile body parts, and anaconda snakes. The city has several good museums and restaurants and several distinctive buildings and colorful colonial structures, some with ornate iron gates.
Costa do Sauipe
Costa do Sauipe is a lovely beach/resort with incredible beaches right by the "Mata Atlantica" full of mangroves, palm trees and green everywhere. Yes, it's far: but award-winning Breezes Costa do Sauipe has five miles of unspoiled beach; a top-quality multi-resort complex with equestrian, golf, and lake activities; kids' program and infant care; fabulous seafood... And your dollar goes a long way, once you're there. The Costa do Sauipe resort complex has won awards and is highly popular among Brazilian vacationers. Expect to find a top-quality resort, with a fun Brazilian ambiance: you'll feel safe and comfortable in the resort environment, but can enjoy the Brazilian food, entertainment, and flair, and also use the resort as a launching pad for forays outward, such as eco-tours, or a day trip to historic Salvador.
The Estrada Real is a 1,400 kilometre long circuit connecting the historical sites of Brazil’s golden mining age, among them the colonial cities of Ouro Preto and Diamantina that have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Moreover it also offers opportunities for nature-based tourism. The Estrada Real is the oldest road in the Americas. It was built by the slaves of the Portuguese in 1697. It’s still there, a dirt road of 1,200 km from Rio de Janeiro and Parati to Diamantina, Minas Gerais. Cheney walked from Mariana to Diamantina, some 400 km. Along the way, he interviewed typical rural Brazilians. He found many people who want to preserve the simple, rural way of life. Others want industrial development.
Fortaleza is a major fishing port and fast growing tourist destination in the northeast of Brazil. In the centre there are a few interesting Historic buildings, including the Fortress of Nossa Senhora da Assunção, which was the origin of the city (the name Fortaleza is the Portuguese for Fortress). The Mercado Central and the Cathedral are the major sights in the area.
The best beaches are east of town. The Praia de Iracema and the Praia do Futuro are good options; the former is preferred by intellectuals, bohemians and night partiers, whereas the later is preferred by swimmers and surfers. Along the Avenida Beira Mar there are a few more beaches, such as Meireles and Mucuripe; here, the walkway is wide, with plenty of space for joggers and walkers, who usually refresh themselves at one of the several kioskes and restaurants established along the way. The beaches are also the focal point of nightlife and entertainment. Fortaleza is one of the best places for buying crafts. Lacework, embroidery, leather goods and ceramics are good buys. For good prices you should skip the tourist boutiques and try either the Mercado Central or the Feirinha Beira Mar; these two places have a large number (over 100) of stalls selling all kinds of handicraft and regional product, and competition drives prices down.
Natal the City of the Sun, capital city of the State of Rio Grande do Norte, is a major tourist destination in Brazil. Natal and other beaches, like Pipa, are growing more and popular among Brazilian and international tourists. Natal is the safest capital city in Brazil, and one of the Brazilian cities nearest Europe and North America. Read more about Natal. Natal has always been an island of tranquility in Brazil; the sunny beaches always attracted tourists from all around the country.
Recife capital city of the State of Pernambuco, is one of the largest cities in Brazil (it's the 9th city by population, with over 1,500,000 inhabitants)..The Boa Viagem beach (photo) in Recife is one of the most famous urban beaches in Brazil. Visitors get enchanted by the sandy beaches with warm green waters and also by the complete infrastructure of hotels, restaurants and services which surrounds it.
Porto Seguro is a beautiful town in the south of Bahia state. The region posses amazing beaches and preserved areas of Mata Atlantica, an original tropical jungle found by the portuguese discoverers in the year 1500. With an agitated night, Porto Seguro is one of the most looked point for young people in Brazil and foreigners. After you come to this charming and sensual village, you'll never forget how good your stay was!