Two of Rio's world-famous beaches, Ipanema and Copacabana, have been immortalized in song, and for good reason. Whether you prefer Jobim or Manilo, both beaches provide a taste of tropical paradise steps from Rio's urban bustle.
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Rio de Janeiro's Ipanema Beach and its famous tiled sidewalk
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Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue
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Few travelers get to visitor even know aboutFernando de Noronha, a spectacular group of 21 islands about 200 miles off the coast of northern Brazil's Pernambuco state. Only one island is inhabited, the volcanic Fernando de Noronha, from which the group of islands takes its name.
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The Rio Negro River is the largest tributary of the Brazilian Amazon and the largest blackwater river in the world.
Garopaba Beach, Santa Catarina
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Aerial view of the Pantanal, the world's largest wetland. The Pantanal lies mostly within the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul and is home to an enormous collection of aquatic flora and fauna.
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A croc in the Pantanal
Portrait on the Amazon
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Literally 'big water' in Portuguese, Iguazu Falls are the largest and some of the most formidable on the planet. A total of 275 waterfalls, pumping millions of gallons of water each day, decorate the border between Brazil and Argentina.
The city of Salvador is considered to be a major influence in developing the Brazilian culture. Salvador has a thriving music scene, a brilliant city center with picturesque17th- and 18th-century architecture and gold-laden churches, and a gorgeous coastline and beaches just outside of the city limits.