5 Vacation Ideas In Brazil For All Kinds Of Travelers

Planning your vacations can be overwhelming at times, so it’s essential to know precisely what kind of traveler you are and what you’re interested in doing to come up with the perfect itinerary. Brazil has lots and lots of options for every type of traveler, so a little planning is advised.

            You can go tanning around the beaches in Rio, partying in São Paulo’s nightlife, sightseeing in Mato Grosso, have some quality family time in Belo Horizonte, and even just unwind and enjoy the culinary arts in Rio Grande do Sul.

In order to make your life easier, I’ve gathered some information that should be helpful to guide your future trips, as well as a few examples to give you a little taste on each location.

Rio de Janeiro: Beach Vacation

Fun At The Beach

This one is a no brainer. If your main thing is lying on the hot sand while sipping on a cold beverage, Rio is the place to be, especially during off-season periods. The city’s climate is pretty warm throughout most of the year, but during summertime, things can get pretty heated (no pun intended), so make sure to get lots of sunscreen!

Touristic Beaches (Copacabana, Ipanema)

Our Youtube video about beach etiquette in Brazil

These are probably the most famous beaches in the world, and for a good reason. With the Cristo Redentor monument on one side and the great Sugarloaf Mountain on the other, the view can be absolutely breathtaking, especially while witnessing the sunsets.

While at the beach, make sure you try caipirinhas (a local alcoholic drink made with cachaça, a Brazillian sugar cane brew) and some Mate Leão with biscoito O Globo in order to have the full carioca (make sure to read our article about what exactly carioca means) experience.

Arraial do Cabo

The best picture I have from Arraial do Cabo (along with the cover image). You can tell I am not a great photographer, with my big thumb on the frame. Credit: Personal Archive

Arraial do Cabo is a small town less than 2 hours away from the city of Rio de Janeiro, and the home of my favorite beach, called Praia do Forno. The town itself is very quaint and welcoming, and you can also go on boat rides in order to get to a few beautiful touristic spots.

Depending on the time of the year, you can even see some turtles and whales in the ocean, as they choose these waters as their favorite mating spot.

Ilha Grande

You can also dive in Ilha Grande to see some beautiful sea creatures – Credit: Canva

Ilha Grande is a paradisiac island with lots of beautiful sceneries, being an excellent choice for those looking for some quiet time to recharge their energies. You can go boat riding in the Caxadaço beach, have some delicious fried fish in the Vila do Abraão restaurants, and even surf the famous Lopes Mendes beach waves.

This is a great destination if you want to spend some time away from tall buildings and big city vibes while getting more in touch with nature.

Mato Grosso: Nature and Wildlife Vacation

Adventures in The Wild

For those looking for some intense moments in the wild, Mato Grosso do Sul might be the one. Housing the world-famous Pantanal, it also comprises two other biomes – Cerrado (Brazilian savannah) and the Amazon forest -, waterfalls caverns, and other places you’ll most likely fall in love with.


If you want to get face to face with Nature, you should go to Pantanal – Credit: Dreamstime

A tourist favorite, part of the Pantanal resides in Mato Grosso grounds, and if you’re into observing wild animals up close, boy, you’re in for a treat! Alligators, hawks, jaguars, giant anteaters, and over two thousand plant species are just a few examples of the natural gifts of this place.

            There are also great hotels you can stay in, delicious local food to feast on, and a wide variety of attractions to enjoy.


River where you can go rafting in Jaciara – Credit: Flickr | Andre Luis

Known as the shrine of radical sports, Jaciara has dozens of waterfalls, rapids, grottos, and much more to take your adrenaline through the roof. One of the main attractions is the Cachoeira da Fumaça, a 100-foot waterfall in which you can rappel, raft, dive, and swim.

You can also visit the archeological site of Vale das Perdidas, house of rock paintings that are over 3 thousand years old.

By the way, check our other post that has some other suggestions of archeological sites in Brazil.


You can snorkel on the crystal clear waters of Nobres – Credit: Wikicommons | Leonardoqueiquei

We’ve already dedicated a full post on this place and why go to Nobres instead of Bonito, but this is such a great destination for adventure lovers we just couldn’t leave it out of the list. You can go on a (kinda) lazy river tour with an inner tube on an actual river, swim under waterfalls, go zip-lining, and swim with the many species of fish on the clear waters of its rivers.

São Paulo: Party Vacation

Don’t Be Tardy for The Party

The second most famous city in Brazil is all about the nightlife. Whether you want to stay up all night partying, going to live music concerts or just eating in the best restaurants, São Paulo is the place to be.

Vila Madalena

This cool district in São Paulo has tons of choices to have fun, but my personal favorite would have to be Pitico, a place you can have delicious drinks while enjoying some tasty snacks. This is a great way to start off your night in São Paulo!


You can dance all night at D-Edge nightclub in São Paulo – Credit: Canva

D-Edge is an underground club for the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) music lovers, counting on the best DJs to get the party going. The ambiance and decoration here is a show on its own, with lots of neon lights and even a terrace for you to cool down.

Largo da Batata

Artists performing at Largo da Batata. You can also find several bars and restaurants around the square. – Credit: Wikicommons | Virada Sustentável

If you’re not sure about what to do exactly, just head down to Largo da Batata and you’ll most likely find something fun to do. You can dance, have drinks, eat burgers and enjoy live shows by the city’s indie rock and jazz artists.

Belo Horizonte: Family Vacation

Family Time, the Best Time!

If you’re planning a family trip, Belo Horizonte will undoubtedly give you a lot of choices. From open-air strolls to shopping delicious local delicacies, this destination will surely keep the family busy.

Mercado Central

Cheese stalls at the Belo Horizonte Central Market (you should try the cheese!) – Credit: Wikicommons | Raul at wts wikivoyage

This is a HUGE farmer’s market you’ll have a lot of fun getting lost in. If your thing is trying out new flavors and foods, you’ll love this one as you can get all kinds of the freshest fruits and vegetables, condiments, dairy products (best cheeses I’ve ever had), and even have a few drinks while you stroll down its venues.

Lagoa da Pampulha

Pampulha Lagoon and the Art Museum – Credit: Wikicommons | Carmeladgl

Want to walk around and get to know different places in just one spot? Lagoa da Pampulha can provide you with that. With lots of cultural houses, museums, aquariums, zoos, and parks, you can have a lot of open-air fun with your family here while enjoying the pleasant weather of Belo Horizonte.


Inhotim was also the background of the popular Brazilian Netflix show 3% – Credit: Wikicommons | josep

Inhotim is the biggest open-air museum in the world and definitely an experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Located just outside BH in the city of Brumadinho, it houses the biggest contemporary art collection in Brazil, being a space where nature and art meet in order to wow you in every turn you make.

They are closed on Mondays and the tickets cost R$ 44 ($ 8.5) per person, but they offer free entry every Wednesday, so make sure to check on their website how to request that.

Rio Grande do Sul: Senior Vacation

For The Golden Age

The mother of a dear friend always complains about few information on destinations for people with advanced age, so I just couldn’t let her down with this post. Rio Grande do Sul has a lot to offer to those who are just looking for a beautiful comfortable spot to relax.


Chocolate Factory in Gramado – Credit: Wikicommons | Josue Marinho

Considered one of the best destinations in Brazil, the city of Gramado is not only gorgeous, but its climate also pleases most of the travelers looking for some downtime. They have theme parks, lakes in which you can boat-pedal, museums beautiful architecture, and comfort for you to sit back and forget about the rest of the world.


Caracol Waterfall in Canela – Credit: Wikicommons | Josadaik Alcântara Marques

Gramado’s sister town is just as lovely and beautiful as the first. You can enjoy the delicious homemade chocolates, go sightseeing all around town in the touristic bus and even ride the cableway in order to get a breathtaking view of the whole city.

Caxias do Sul

The interior of São Pelegrino church in Caxias do Sul – Credit: Wikicommons | Rodrigo.Argenton

If you’re a wine lover, you’ll love Caxias do Sul. Known for its top-notch wines, this place is full of vineyards, Italian taverns, and a lot of interesting historical sites, such as the São Pelegrino church. The frescoes on the walls were painted by Aldo Locatelli, who has also restored frescoes in the Genoa Cathedral.

You can also visit the Château Lacave, the only castle in Latin American to own a winery.

So that concludes my quick tips on vacation ideas in Brazil for all kinds of travelers, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot more to see! If you want some more travel inspiration, check our post about some off the beaten places to go in Brazil (I bet you hadn’t heard about most of them)!


Hi, I am Ana, the creator of this blog. I am Brazilian and currently live outside of Brazil. I love traveling, eating and learning about new cultures. I hope the contents of my blog can help you with those things as well!

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