Ah yes, Brazil. The largest country in South America has everything you'll ever need to escape from your predictable world. With the most rainforest left anywhere on Earth, a massive stretch of wetlands that encompasses three countries, epic waterfalls that speak volumes and heights, some of the world's great vistas (and paraglide take-off points), and more beaches, both romantically isolated and pleasantly bursting with bodies, than some countries have people. When we say “ah yes, Brazil,” it means we have some stories to tell about the adventures to be had. If you've been here, then you do too.
No matter which metropolitan hub you choose to stay in (or if you avoid them altogether), you'll be approximate to plenty of adventure activities. If you find yourself in the south, there is the incredible Iguacu Falls, one of the most immense volumes of water on Earth and a hugely popular itinerary item. Moving up the coast, you'll encounter uncountable tracts of Atlantic Rainforest, where indigenous animals move among the trees, both inland and on the beaches and islands of the Atlantic Ocean. Curitiba and Florianopolis are popular for their southern coastal locations and beach-driven lifestyles, although there are a good handful of parks for hiking within a day's drive (Sao Joaquim National Park and Aparados da Serra are highlights).
Moving further up the coast, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are where most travelers will enter the country. Both are a great home base for heading west toward the less frequented center of Brazil and many parks of Mato Grosso do Sul, Sao Paulo State, and Minais Gerais. Both are approximate to hordes of beach destinations, while Rio is the most fun you'll have floating above or hurtling toward the Earth. Further north are even more beach-worthy locations like Salvador, Recife, Natal, and Fortaleza, with each city laying claim to its own activity-laden stretch of coast. For a lot more on what each area has to offer, check out the included city adventure pages.
The big issue with pursuing adventure in Brazil is an issue of numbers. There aren't enough hours in a day or days on the calendar to truly pull off everything you'll want to see and do. To give an analogy: Brazil is hardly your usual one-stoplight town where the grocery store is a skip and a hop down the street from your house. Dinner with an indigenous tribe in Mato Grosso's Xingu National Park is actually 2,543 km (1,580 miles) as the crow flies from the alluring cliffs and greenery of Fernando de Noronha island and would be hard to pull off in a lifetime, let alone a single trip. It's not exactly the same as grabbing a carton of milk and getting your nails “did” in the same afternoon. Add to that the language barriers that exist outside of tourist areas, which, unless you join a tour, will make climbing that evocative mountain ridge or negotiating entrance at the park office that much harder. Still, when the Amazon Rainforest, the Pantanal, and other incredible and unique natural areas call out to you from afar, you've got to accommodate your spirit of adventure.
For more on what Brazil can offer you, check out our individual listings, as well as the number of adventure tour operators that we support.