The Best of Brazil

As the countdown to the 2016 Olympic Summer Games begins, all eyes are on Brazil. Check out one of the most popular neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro, and then see what other spots you shouldn’t miss while visiting this South American country.

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Rio de Janeiro: Ride one of the oldest tramways in the world, visit Brazil’s oldest public park, climb world-famous steps, and bar hop between live-music venues in Lapa.

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Photo: luislucena via stock.xchng

Tiradentes: Board an old steam train, see one of the most well-preserved colonial towns in South America, walk along stone streets, and feel like you’ve stepped back in time outside of the city.

Photo: Fernando Lombardi/UXUA Hotel & Spa
Photo: Fernando Lombardi/UXUA Hotel & Spa

Bahia: Head north to find friendly people, nearly empty beaches, a small village, old fishermen’s homes, and a rustic hotel along the Atlantic coastline.

Pousada Maravilha, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Sueste Bay: Escape to a gorgeous archipelago, rent an off-road kart, find a gorgeous hotel overlooking the southern coast, watch the sun rise from stunning lookout points, and walk through natural tide pools in Fernando de Noronha.

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