Brazil is a natural wonderland known for being home to some of the world’s best and most breathtaking national parks. From aweing waterfalls, to exotic animals, Brazil’s national parks provide an interest to a variety of personalities with plenty to do. Race over the sand dunes in Jericoacoara or spend an extended trip discovering all the ins and outs of Pantanal Matogrossense, wherever you decide to explore, you’re in for some unforgettable views.
Iguazu National Park
Most people who visit Brazil make an effort to visit the famed Iguazu National Park, sitting on the borders of Argentina and Paraguay. This grandiose park in Parana state is home to the stunning Iguazu Falls, one of the greatest wonders of the world! Wander the trails to see over 200 waterfalls dump tons of roaring water into the canyon that lies below, or wander through the famed subtropical rainforest to see local wildlife, and nature.
Itatiaia National Park
Head to Itatiaia National Park to see some of the country’s biggest mountains in Brazil’s oldest national park. This park on the Mantiqueira Mountain Range, doesn’t only offer insanely stunning views and a challenging course for mountain climbers to explore, but bird lovers will enjoy visiting this home to almost 400 species of birds.
Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park
Wildlife lovers will find it hard to settle dancing eyes at this park in Mato Grosso. To really enjoy this spectacular park, it’s best to visit during the dry season as the park is often closed otherwise. When you do visit, guests can wander the colorful forestry of the savannah and see if they can spot free-roaming deers, eagles, and wildcats or, visitors can explore Brazil’s history through ancient caves and nearby archeological sites.
Pantanal Matogrossense National Park
You’ll want to plan a week to adventure through all the natural scenery of the largest wetland area in the world. Pantanal Matogrossense National Park sits in Matto Grosso and is a dream for wildlife lovers featuring an array of exotic birds and views of wandering jaguars, monkeys, and anteaters.
Jericoacoara National Park
For one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world, you’ll need to head to Jericoacoara, home to the famous Jericoacoara Beach. Getting there in itself is an adventure as you’ll be required to make it over the Jericoacoara sand dunes to enter into the park. The beach is the main attraction of this region, with watersport enthusiasts flocking to the area for surfing, sailing and windsurfing. For more outdoor fun, grab an ATV and take on the dunes before discovering the caverns, swamps and lakes that surround the area.
Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park
If you’re looking for a place to both discover and relax in, Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park in Goiás may be your answer. Home to the iconic Pedreiras Waterfall, and sensational natural quartz rock formations, this park is the perfect place for both exploring and tranquility. Thrill seekers can try abseiling down the majestic waterfalls while those looking for something more easygoing can enjoy the healing properties of the park’s waters. No matter the reason for your visit, you’ll be sure to be dazzled by the scenery. You might even get a glimpse of armadillos, wolves, and other endangered species while you’re there.
Lencois Maranhenses National Park
The desert like atmosphere of Maranhao makes it easy to stroll through the sands and explore Lencois Maranhenses National Park. Sitting in northeastern Brazil, this park doesn’t offer much of the greenery present in other national parks. Instead, take advantage of the sandy landscape and tackle the sand dunes by horse or ATV. After a day of sand sports, visitors can cool off in nearby lakes and lagoons which only get more and more inviting after scorching days. For a different perspective, book a tour by helicopter or plane for a remarkable view of the park.
Aparados da Serra National Park
The muggy and hazy national park of Aparados da Serra is one of Brazil’s oldest dating back to 1959. Home to the big attraction of Itaimbezinho Canyon, this park is well-preserved being limited to just 1500 guests each day. Located in Santa Catarina, this park is close to the Atlantic where guests can make a day out of touring the canyons, rainforest, and the waterfalls that lay within.
Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park
A combination of six main islands make up the archipelago of the Fernando de Noronha National Park, positioned in the Atlantic Ocean. Spend a night, a weekend, or weeks at one of many hotels near the beach where you can take your time snorkeling, surfing, and diving. Those who love being in the water will be thrilled by the sights of dolphins, stingrays, and sharks who drift through the area. While the main island is popular with tourists, nab a pass to grant you access to all the beaches so you can take advantage of the gorgeous coast.
Chapada Diamantina National Park
For a stunningly special experience, the Chapada Diamantina National Park is not to be missed. This national park, located in Brazil’s northeastern district of Bahia, is said to hold some of the most picturesque and beautiful landscapes in the entire country. Adventurers can find unique rock formations and caves to investigate while nature lovers can set their sights on the tallest waterfall in the country, the Cachoeira da Fumaca. While a lot of this park’s beauty can be travelled through in a day, it’s possible and rewarding to take your time and stay a while.