Top Choice National Park in Maranhão

Parque Nacional dos Lençóis Maranhenses

The name of this 1550-sq-km national park refers to its immense expanse of dunes, which look like lençóis (bed sheets) strewn across the landscape and stretch 70km along the coast and up to 50km inland. Situated hal…
Top Choice Park in Rio de Janeiro

Parque Nacional da Tijuca

The Tijuca is all that's left of the Atlantic rainforest that once surrounded Rio de Janeiro. This 39-sq-km tropical jungle preserve is an exuberant green, with beautiful trees, creeks and waterfalls, mountainous te…
Architectural in Ilha de Santa Catarina

Museu Victor Meirelles

Victor Meirelles is not only an important figure in the history of Brazil's art, but in the development of its historical consciousness. His renderings of key moments in Brazilian history, many on display in this sm…
Museum in Espírito Santo

Museu de Biologia Professor Mello Leitão

In the pretty mountain town of Santa Teresa, 82km northwest of Vitória, this museum celebrates the work of local ecologist Augusto Ruschi (1915–86), who conducted pioneering studies on the region’s remarkable variet…
Park in Espírito Santo

Reserva Biológica de Comboios

Reached by a 23km dirt road from the city of Linhares, on the northern coast of Espírito Santo, this reserve is the state headquarters for the turtle conservation organization Tamar. Here you can observe giant sea t…
Park in Espírito Santo

Reserva Natural Vale

North of Linhares towards the Bahia border, this privately protected 218-sq-km expanse of Atlantic rain forest has earned it a place on Unesco’s World Heritage list for its tremendous biological diversity. Visitors …
Mine in Minas Gerais

Minas da Passagem

Halfway between Ouro Preto and Mariana, this ancient gold mine was founded by the Portuguese in 1719 and definitively decommissioned in 1985. Guided tours descend in a rickety antique cable car, covering the mine’s …
National Park in Ceará

Parque Nacional de Ubajara

The entrance to this national park is 3km from the small town of Ubajara, 325km west of Fortaleza. The main attractions are giant caves, the cable car down to them, and walks in the surrounding forest. At 850m above…
in Minas Gerais

Espaço TIM

Open as of mid-2010 is the five-story science museum Espaço TIM, complete with planetarium on the top floor.
in Amazonas

Centro de Interpretación Natütama

The Centro de Interpretación Natütama has a fascinating museum with nearly 100 life-sized wood carvings of Amazonian flora and fauna. There’s also a small turtle hatchery outside. Located on the riverfront just east…