São Paulo is the heart of Brazil, in some ways. It's where you probably land when you get here. It's the economical centre of the country. But it's not where you can go to find authentic brazilian culture as you've seen it on TV. You can find Brazil here, but in a cosmopolitan sense. It's New York with better food. It's Paris without the lights. It's great, but it's for people who like urban places. Here you will find the best cusine, a great night life and many cultural and historycal places.|
The most impressive place is definitely Rio de Janeiro with its virtually infinite number of attractions. Make sure you visit the following places: Sugar Loaf, Corcovado, Botanic Gardens, Floresta Tijuca, Mirante, Barra da Tijuca and Recreio - to name a few.
Rio de Janeiro is famous for its carnival, which usually takes place in February (dates change each year). Carnival in Rio is a great experience, but a tourist must be aware prices at this time are much higher. Anyone can rent a costume and parade in one of Rio's famous carnival groups, such as Mangueira, Salgueiro, Mocidade Independente, among so many others.
Foz do Iguaçu is a lovely place as well, though packed with tourists. The city itself doesn't have too much to offer, but the surroundings are magnificent. Firstly there are, of course, the Iguaçu Falls. Twice as high as the Niagara Falls, they'll take the breath away from even the most seasoned traveller. If you can afford it, do the 'Macuco Safari' and you'll be rewarded with a view that's superior to the helicopter flight. If there's a full moon, make sure you throw a glance at the Falls from Argentina at night, from where you can walk right above the Devils Throat. Next there is Itaipu, the world's biggest hydroelectric power plant. Make sure you book the technical visit well ahead in time: it's free and absolutely worth it. Other places to see are the National Park, the Bird Park and Paraguay, which is just across the ponte da amizade.
Florianopolis in the state of Santa Catarina is a land of contrasts, where the bustle of modern life coexists with the serenity of communities of the interior. This is Santa Catarina Island, a delicious slice of paradise with 523 Km2 of green hills, lagoons and 42 beaches. The state capital of Florianópolis is on the island, inhabited by 350,000 privileged people. It is one of the principal tourist destinations in Brazil and a residential option for those who seek a good quality of life.