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Top 5 Cruise Excursions in Brazil

Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer; credit: Wikimedia Commons
Being the fifth largest country in the world, it’s easy to imagine that by landmass alone, Brazil has some of the most fantastic and unforgettable sites for cruise visitors.

Even with so many amazing attractions, we bring you five of the most famous attractions in a country that’s almost as large as a continent.

Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer is a large statue of Jesus Christ, standing tall on Mount Carcvado, overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro and is probably the most popular tourist attraction in Brazil. Here, Christ stands 98 feet high with his face fronting Sugar Loaf. The statue is the second largest Art Deco sculpture in the world.

The statue was made with reinforced concrete and Soapstone. Tourist can visit the top of the mount and have this amazing view from the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Iguaçu Falls

Iguaçu Falls is an amazing waterfall just on the border of Brazil and Argentina. Recognised as one of the great natural wonders of the world, Iguaçu Falls consists of 275 falls along the Iguazu River. The most impressive of them all is the Devil’s Throat a U-shaped fall with a height of 82 meter (269 ft). The location is in fact so impressive that it is considered one of the brand New Seven Wonders of Nature, by the New Seven Wonders of The World Foundation.

The falls can be reached from the cities Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil and Puerto Iguazú in Argentina, as well as from Ciudad del Este in Paraguay. On the Brazilian side, there is a long walkway along the canyon with an extension to the lower base of the Devil’s Throat.

Rio Carnival

Carnival celebrations are quite popular around Brazil. However, the largest and most popular is the famous Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. The Rio Carnival is a large, four day celebration that attracts almost two million people per day. The Carnival is held all over the city, in the streets and squares, bars, clubs and all other venues, concluding in the spectacular Rio Samba Parade at the Sambadrome.

Amazon National Park

The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world and features the Amazon River. The Amazon is a broadleaf forest that covers a huge area of the entire continent of South America. Brazil owns majority of the rainforest, 60% to be exact.

Tourists travelling to the rainforest often engage in deep jungle exploration, with the aid of an experienced guide of course. Although a tenth of the world’s estimated 10 million living species live in the Amazon rainforest, most jungle tours are more about the boating upriver than actually spotting animals.

The Pantanal

The Pantanal is the world’s largest wetland, lying mostly in Western Brazil. Famous for its wildlife, it is one of Brazil’s major tourist attractions. Unlike the Amazon rainforest, in the Pantanal, tourists are virtually guaranteed to actually see the wildlife since the Pantanal is the world’s most diverse freshwater wetland ecosystems .The Pantanal is also home to one of the largest Jaguar populations in the Americas.

To visit the Pantanal, tourist get to go to Campo Grande, in the state of Cuiabá and reach the city of Corumbá. From here, travelling to the wetland is as simple as hiring a local guide to show the way.

It’s important to note that this short list in no way encapsulates or even closely reflects the myriad of different and numerous attractions in Brazil.

From the youngest capital of Brasilia unto the Old Historic Center of the beautiful city of Olinda, there are places that can make an amazing Brazilian trip for all travellers all year round.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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October 17, 2013
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