The Sights of Brazil

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Praia de Copacabana (1972-03)Folha de S.Paulo

Rio de Janeiro (capital of Rio de Janeiro State)

A view of Copacabana beach, named after the neighborhood in which it is located in Rio de Janeiro's South Zone. Founded in 1892, Copacabana was immortalized in Braguinha and Alberto Ribeiro's song of the same name, which was first recorded by Dick Farney in 1946.

Estátua de Carlos Drummond de Andrade (2012-05-21) by Daniel MarencoFolha de S.Paulo

In 2021, Copacabana beach was named one of the 25 most beautiful beaches in the world by US magazine Travel Leisure. The other Brazilian beach to make the exclusive list was Sancho beach in the Fernando de Noronha archipelago, off the coast of Pernambuco State.

Fortaleza (2018-06-21) by Eduardo AnizelliFolha de S.Paulo

Fortaleza, Ceará State

Iracema beach in the neighborhood of Iracema in the capital of Ceará State. Its name was inspired by the novel Iracema by the local author José de Alencar (1829–77).

Ipojuca, cidade turística (1996-10) by Cleo VelledaFolha de S.Paulo

Ipojuca, Pernambuco State

An aerial view of a raft in the natural swimming pool at Porto Galinhas beach, a seaside resort in southern Pernambuco State. With its turquoise waters, the beach is considered one of the best tourist attractions in northeastern Brazil.

Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo (2018-01-11) by Adriano VizoniFolha de S.Paulo

Olinda, Pernambuco State

The Church of Our Lady of Carmel in Olinda's old town, viewed from the city's cathedral. The church was originally built in 1580 as the Chapel of St. Anthony and St. Gonçalo.

Praia de Boa Viagem (1996-10-12) by Cleo VelledaFolha de S.Paulo

Recife, Pernambuco State

A view of the Boa Viagem beach in Recife, a city founded in 1537 and now the capital of Pernambuco State in northeastern Brazil.

Pelourinho (2002-01) by Marilena FelintoFolha de S.Paulo

Salvador, Bahia State

Tourists stroll among colonial buildings in José de Alencar Square in Pelourinho, a historic neighborhood of Salvador, capital of Bahia State.

Pelourinho (2017-11-18) by Eduardo KnappFolha de S.Paulo

Better known as Pelourinho Square, it is one of Salvador's most iconic sites, and one of the few areas in the neighborhood to have been spared from urban development.

Ouro Preto (2022-04-17) by Ane SouzFolha de S.Paulo

Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais State

A view of colonial houses on a street in Ouro Preto's old town. Formerly known as Vila Rica, the city was the birthplace of the famous 18th-century sculptor and architect Antônio Francisco Lisboa, often known as Aleijadinho.

Ouro Preto—which means black gold—flourished during the 18th century gold rush, known locally as the Ciclo de Ouro (Gold Cycle). The city was the first place in Brazil to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization).

Gramado, cidade turística (2020-03-23) by Marcos NagelsteinFolha de S.Paulo

Gramado, Rio Grande do Sul State

Streets in downtown Gramado, a city in Rio Grande do Sul State. With clear German and Italian influences in its architecture and cuisine, the town is also known for hosting the Gramado Film Festival (Festival de Cinema de Gramado), which celebrated its 50th anniversary in August 2022.

Previously a part of the town of Taquara, Gramado became a municipality in its own right in December 1954, following years of separatist campaigns.

Campos do Jordão (2013-07-05) by Victor MoriyamaFolha de S.Paulo

Campos do Jordão, São Paulo State

A busy scene at the Mantiqueira mountain resort of Campos do Jordão in inland São Paulo State. Considered one of Brazil's main winter destinations, the town stands at an altitude of 5,341 feet (1,628 m), making it the highest in the country.

Campos do Jordão became a municipality in 1934 after separating from the town of São Bento do Sapucaí.

Avenida Paulista (2015-08-23) by Bruno SantosFolha de S.Paulo

São Paulo (capital of São Paulo State)

A nocturnal view of Paulista Avenue, one of São Paulo's most iconic sites and one of Brazil's major financial centers.

Avenida Paulista durante a pandemia da Covid-19 (2020-03-22) by Eduardo KnappFolha de S.Paulo

Opened in 1891 in São Paulo's downtown area, Paulista Avenue was the city's first planned road. In 1909, it also became the first road in the city to be paved with asphalt.

Curitiba (2010-11-29) by Daniel MarencoFolha de S.Paulo

Curitiba, Paraná State

Curitiba's Botanical Gardens (Jardim Botânico) are one of the Paraná State capital's most popular tourist spots. The outdoor gardens are home to a variety of grass and plant species, and are open to the public.

Opened in 1991, one of the garden's main attractions is the greenhouse, a metal structure containing 3,800 pieces of glass.

Florianópolis (2018) by Roberto de OliveiraFolha de S.Paulo

Florianópolis, Santa Catarina State

A view of the Saquinho Beach in the Santa Catarina State capital, Florianópolis. 

Lençóis maranhenses (2018-04-03) by Zanone FraissatFolha de S.Paulo

Barreirinhas, Maranhão State

Tourists walk along the dunes in the municipality of Barreirinhas, the main gateway to the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park (Parque Nacional dos Lençóis Maranhenses) on the eastern coast of Maranhão State.

This is the largest area of dunes in Brazil, and offers visitors the chance to walk or take a camel ride across its white sands.

Maceió (2020-12-08) by Felipe BrasilFolha de S.Paulo

Maceió, Alagoas State

Tourists stroll along Ponta Verde beach in Maceió, capital of Alagoas State. Along with its sister beaches of Pajuçara and Jatiúca, Ponta Verde is one of the busiest urban beaches in Alagoas. Together, the three beaches form the state's main seaside destination.

Teatro Amazonas (2008-11-11) by Gustavo Villas BoasFolha de S.Paulo

Manaus, Amazonas State

An exterior view of the Amazon Theater (Teatro Amazonas) in Manaus' old town. The theater opened in 1896 and remains one of Brazil's most important cultural buildings. With its Neoclassical architecture, it was designated a Brazilian cultural heritage site in 1965.

Pantanal (2015-09-24) by Lalo de AlmeidaFolha de S.Paulo

Cáceres, Mato Grosso State

Water lilies growing on a canal in the municipality of Cáceres. The canal feeds into the Paraguay River in the Pantanal do Mato Grosso wetlands.

Praia do Sancho (2018-12-09) by Adriano VizoniFolha de S.Paulo

Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco State

A view of Sancho beach in Pernambuco State. Situated in the Fernando de Noronha archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic and cut off by a rugged coastline, the cove's waters are forever changing color from green to light blue.

In 2021, Sancho Bay was one of two Brazilian beaches to be named among the 25 most beautiful beaches in the world by the US magazine Travel Leisure, the other being Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach.

Mercado Ver-o-Peso (2005-01-12) by Andressa RovaniFolha de S.Paulo

Belém, Pará State

A view of the Ver-o-Peso market, which dates back to the 17th century, making it one of Brazil's oldest public spaces. It was given listed status by the National Historic and Artistic Heritage Institute (Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional) in 1977.

Chapada Diamantina (2001-04-09) by Marlene BergamoFolha de S.Paulo

Chapada Diamantina, Bahia State

A view of the Mount of Pai Inácio in Palmeiras, one of 24 municipalities that make up the Chapada Diamantina national park in central Bahia State.

At over 3,000 feet (1,000 m) above sea level, this 820-foot (250-m) high mount is one of rural Bahia's most popular picture-postcard views.

Jericoacoara (2013-03-07) by Lula MarquesFolha de S.Paulo

Jijoca de Jericoacoara, Ceará State

A sunset in Ceará State's Jijoca do Jericoacoara, a favorite destination for windsurfing and kitesurfing because of the strong winds that the town is famous for.

In 2016, the area was named a favorite spot in South America by the travel site TripAdvisor. The town also came third in the worldwide list, which was topped by the Mexican resort of San José del Cabo.

Praias no sul da Bahia (2021-11-25) by Eduardo KnappFolha de S.Paulo

Porto Seguro, Bahia State

A view of Barra beach in the coastal village of Caraíva. Located on the southern edge of the Bahian town of Porto Seguro, the beach is one of the most isolated in the area and is very popular among visitors to the region.

Rio de Janeiro (2015-02-26) by Daniel MarencoFolha de S.Paulo

Rio de Janeiro (capital of Rio de Janeiro State)

A view of Christ the Redeemer in the city of Rio de Janeiro, with the Sugarloaf Mountain and Urca Hill Natural Monument visible in the background. Rio's most iconic symbol, the statue of Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) took five years to build and was unveiled on October 12, 1931.

Fiéis no Cristo Redentor (2007-07-06) by Moacyr Lopes JuniorFolha de S.Paulo

Built of reinforced concrete and clad in soapstone, Christ the Redeemer was named one of the seven wonders of the modern world following a vote organized by the Swiss New Seven Wonders Foundation in 2007.

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