Brazil has no mountains to compare with its Andean neighbors like Peru, and Argentina, but in every other respect it has all the scenic - and cultural - variety you would expect from so vast a country. These difficulties, however, rarely seem to overshadow everyday life in Brazil. It's fair to say that nowhere in the world do people know how to enjoy themselves more - most famously in the annual orgiastic celebrations of Carnaval, but reflected, too, in the lively year-round nightlife that you'll find in any decent-sized town.
This national hedonism also manifests itself in Brazil's highly developed beach culture; the country's superb music and dancing; rich regional cuisines ; and in the most relaxed and tolerant attitude to sexuality - gay and straight - that you'll find anywhere in South America. And if you needed more reason to visit, there's a strength and variety of popular culture, and a genuine friendliness and humor in the people that is tremendously welcoming and infectious.
This historical town, whose name means " safe port" was founded on a hill overlooking the ocean. It lies near the spot where the Portuguese explorer ,Pedro Alvares Cabral ,in 1500 first set foot on Brazilian soil and came face to face with the native inhabitants , the Pataxo tribe from Tupi nation.
It was declared a national monument in 1973, today is a refuge for Brazilian and international tourists. Porto Seguro's coast line is protected by reefs, the ocean is shallow calm and crystal clear.
"Praia da Pipa" is about 85 km from Natal. The beach with 9 kilometers long, manages to mix nearly untouched nature with lively activity. The name is due to a stone that, seen of the sea by the old navigators of last centuries, had the form of a pipe. Those containers that the wine-producing ones use for storage of wine. The beauty of Pipa was discovered by the surfers in the 70's for its waves, and today it is known by the landscapes such as "Baía dos Golfinhos" (dolphins' bay), "Chapadão" (plain), the cliffs and the beautiful people that frequent the beach. The main street shelters dozens of bars, good restaurants and stores of crafts. Pipa Beach is good for surfing. It has reefs, natural swimming pools, besides dolphins and marine turtles. It shelters an old colony of fishermen.
High in the hills behind Rio there is a tiny little town where the Brazilian Imperial Family once spends its summers. With its refreshing mountain climate and magnificent views, Petrópolis at an altitude of 809 meters above sea level, is just 53 kilometers from Rio along a modern highway. Its attractions include the Imperial Museum, once the Summer Palace of Brazil’s Emperors, whose collections feature the Crown and Scepter of Brazil’s last Emperor, Pedro II, as well as documents, jewels and works of art that once belonged to the Imperial family.
Located 150 miles southwest of Rio de Janeiro, with five streets running parallel to the ocean intersected by four streets cutting across then at right angles, the old center of Parati reflects the town's colonial past prosperity reflected in its beautiful old homes and churches.
The name Palmas means "palms", a reference to the palm trees which abound in the region.
Palmas, capital of the state of Tocantins, is still a building site. It is the newest city in Brazil and is known as the "capital of opportunity", attracting thousands of people who, in search of work, have migrated to this new economic frontier of the country. It is within this climate of growth that tourism is seen as a factor to be exploited. With its natural beauties still intact, kilometers of river beaches, waterfalls and ecological reserves, the capital is located in the geographical centre of Tocantins and forms part of the Palmas Tourist Region, together with four other municipalities - Lajeado, Miracema do Tocantins, Monte do Carmo and Porto Nacional.
Natal, the capital of Rio Grande do Norte, is clean, bright city that is being developed a top speed into beach capital of the Northeast of Brazil. Pure air, sun, fine beaches and sand dunes symbolize this small state which has been a dramatic increase in foreign visitors.
Natal's city beaches strech well over 6 miles south from the fort to the Farol de Mae Luiza lighthouse. These are mostly urban beaches with bars, nightlife and big surf.