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Discover the best places to get in touch with brazilian nature

If you are an adventurous person, who loves to be in contact with nature, fresh air and beautiful landscapes, Brazil has a lot to offer for you!

From north to south, here are some of the best options to enjoy life into the wild, from the simple observation to real adventures and radical sports.

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Lençóis Maranhenses - MA

Created in 1981, the Parque Nacional dos Lençóis Maranhenses has the main purpose of protecting the flora, fauna and the unique natural beauty of the place.

Inserted in the coastal marine biome, the park is an exponent of mangrove ecosystems, salt marsh and dunes, combining strong winds and regular rains. This great scenic beauty, combined with tours of the dune fields and the possibility of bathing in ponds, attracts tourists from around the world who visit the park year round.

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Chapada dos Guimarães - MT

Striking orange-red sandstone walls – trademarks of Chapada dos Guimarães – welcome the tourists that dock in the city. The many trails, done on foot or by bike, lead to natural lookouts that the massive mountain unveil and, on clear days, is possible to see Pantanal and Cuiaba.

The Chapada dos Guimarães National Park covers an area of 32,630 hectares, mainly in order to protect significant samples of local ecosystems, ensuring the preservation of natural resources and the existing archaeological sites, also to providing appropriate use for visitation, education and research.

The park has free admission, but all rides require scheduling and expert guides.

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Pantanal – MT

The Pantanal is considered one of the largest continuous humid extensions of the planet. An interesting feature of this biome is that many threatened species in other regions of Brazil persist here in huge populations, such as the Jabiru – Pantanal bird symbol.

Studies indicate that the biome is home to about 263 species of fish, 41 species of amphibians, 113 species of reptiles, 463 species of birds and 132 species of mammals. According to Embrapa, nearly two thousand species of plants have been identified in the biome and classified according to their potential, some have powerful medicinal potential.

In Pantanal are many things to do, as Safari, fishing and bird’s observations. The most traditional way to know the Pantanal is by horse, with the horse you can go to places impossible to reach by car or on foot, is also possible to observe the harmonious coexistence between cattle and wildlife in natural lowland fields. Boat ride is also a good option to travel long distances in search of alligators, capybaras and waterfowl.

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Manaus – AM

Manaus is a Brazilian city, capital of Amazonas state and the main financial center, corporate and economic development of northern Brazil. It is a historical and port city, located in the center of the largest rainforest in the world.

The variety of landscapes makes Manaus a favorite destination of nature lovers. By boat you can enjoy the encounter of rivers, while canoes leads to creeks full of typical plants and birds. Ashore, the highlights are the stately buildings that recall the Rubber Cycle.

The tasty local cuisine is unmissable, prepared with the typical fishes in the area, such as peacock bass, pirarucu and tambaqui, and tempered with ingredients like tucupi, ginger, cupuassu.

The Manaus prime location is Ponta Negra neighborhood, framed by buildings, boardwalk, sports courts, amphitheaters, bars and restaurants.

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Ilha de Marajó – PA

The island of Marajó, located in Pará state, is a most exotic destination in Brazil, populated by indigenous people since 1100 B.C., is among the largest tidal island on the planet.

Marajó promotes unique experiences, the most interesting of them is riding on the back of a buffalo for a ride. Island symbols, animals are seen in large herds in the extensive plains or dispersed in modest urban areas, where they are used as taxi and riding to the police.

The charms of the area are also reflected in the culture, one of the richest legacies left by marajoaras Indians is the fine art of stylized pottery.

Fans of adventure sports also have fun in the area with the practice of jungle hiking, rafting and cycling along the beaches.

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Bonito – MS

Bonito is a municipality in the Midwest region of Brazil, located in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. Recognized as an important destination of ecotourism, Bonito received in 2013 the prize for best responsible tourism destination in the world, the World Responsible Tourism Awards, the Fair World Travel Market in London.

The city has about 40 attractions that will please every visitor. For those interested in relax and contemplate the beauties of the region, good options are visit the caves, hiking, bathing in waterfalls and crystal clear waters. To adventure lovers, the suggestions are hiking, trails, tree climbing, whitewater rafting, buoys, boards (stand up paddle), kayaks, stroll ATV, horseback riding or cycling. For those even more radicals, rappelling and diving in rivers and ponds.

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Foz do Iguaçu – PR

Foz do Iguaçu is a municipality in the state of Paraná, internationally known for the Iguaçu Falls and the Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant.

Within the National Park, declared a World Heritage Site and one of the Seven New Wonders of Nature, the options to observe the falls are the lookouts and walkways, but you can also take boat rides, helicopter rides, hiking and rafting around the cataracts.

Be sure to include in your trip a tour inside the Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant, the second largest in the world in size and first in power generation, recognized as one of the greatest works of modern engineering.

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Serra do Cipó – MG

The Serra do Cipó is a geological formation in the state of Minas Gerais. Its geological history is complex and date of the Precambrian period, with its sandy rocks that were formed by marine deposits for more than 1.7 billion years. The historical importance is also reflected in the existence of archaeological sites with traces of primitive communities, as evidenced in caves and caverns through drawings and petroglyphs, aged estimated between 2000 and 8000 years.

In addition to the geological importance, the Serra do Cipó is considered a natural divider of river basins San Francisco and Doce. The diversity of the vegetation is high, and many species are found only there. The fauna is representative and is home to several endangered species and, in order to preserve this natural heritage, was created the National Park Serra do Cipó. Altogether there are a hundred thousand hectares of savannas, rocky fields and forests, and rivers, waterfalls, canyons, caves and archaeological sites preserved.

For many people the Serra do Cipó is a mystical place, a land of crystals and flying saucers, but there is no doubt, in general is the beauty and purity of the waters that attracts the most visitors.

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