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Top Choice Goiana in Goiás

Fazenda Babilônia

The long-lost subculture of Brazilian cuisine has been resurrected at Fazenda Babilônia, an 1800 sugar plantation and fazenda (farm) on the Patrimonial Nacional (National Heritage) register since 1965. Every weekend…
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…
Cultural in Rio de Janeiro

Portas Abertas

Santa Teresa’s artists open their studios and the neighborhood becomes a living installation for a weekend each year in July.
Music in Rio de Janeiro

Música no Museu

Classical-music lovers should try to attend a concert held during the ongoing Música No Museu. Held each year, this event features dozens of concerts (all free) each month at museums and cultural spaces around the c…
Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro

Banda de Ipanema

This long-standing banda attracts a wild crowd, complete with drag queens and others in costume. Don’t miss it.
Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro

Banda de Sá Ferreira

This popular Copacabana banda marches along the ocean from posto 1 to posto 6.
Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro

Banda Simpatia é Quase Amor

A favorite Ipanema banda, with a 50-piece percussion band.
Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro


One of the oldest bandas of the Zona Sul parades through the streets with a 60-piece percussion band.