Nature

Brazil has 5 different biomes distributed throughout its territory where the most varied types of landscapes, vegetation and climate are to be found. In addition to having the largest forest in the world – the Amazon Forest – the country also offers mountains, beaches, rivers, waterfalls, cataracts, dunes, cliffs, swamps, caverns, hills, plateaus, trails through untouched wilderness, and highly diversified and colorful fauna and flora. There are 8.5 million square kilometers of a country full of Nature Parks, Biosphere Reserves and Areas of Environmental Protection. Seven of these have been declare World Heritage sites by UNESCO.

FOZ DO IGUAÇU, Paraná

As well as the grandiose cataracts, one of the natural wonders of the world, with their 275 waterfalls and 60 meters drop, the visitor will also get to know the Iguaçu National Park, one of the most beautiful Ecological Reserves in the world with an area of 185 thousand hectares (over 460 thousand acres) and now registered by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage site.

PANTANAL, Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul

Divided into North and South, the Pantanal demonstrates such great diversity that researchers have subdivided it into 11 specific areas each with its own natural characteristics, activities and appropriate periods for visitation and the existence of adequate structures for sustaining ecotourism are also taken in account. It is one of the best places for observing fauna and flora, for birdwatching and sport fishing – only permitted from March to October.

JALAPÃO, Tocantins

Waterfalls, streams, lakes and dunes of fine reddish sand in the midst of savannah vegetation. The Jalapão is the perfect scene for sport tourism with activities like rafting, canyoning and climbing.

CARAVELAS AND PRADO, Bahia

An ideal region for scuba diving. The main attraction is the National Marine Park of Abrolhos with its waters inhabited by thousands of marine species like dolphins and Humpback whales and by migrating birds.

JAÚ NATIONAL PARK, Amazonas

On the right bank of the Negro River, it is the largest National Park in Brazil and the largest in the world in terms of untouched tropical rainforest. The area has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage. Its vegetation is formed by a mosaic of forests in which over 460 species of birds and 300 species of fish are to be found and, outstanding among the animals, the freshwater manatee and the large Amazonian turtle.

SERRA DO CIPÓ NATIONAL PARK, Minas Gerais

Famous for its waterfalls, Rivers, canyons, climbing slopes, caves, and trails, it vegetation is extremely varied and the degree of endemism is one of the highest in the world. It also contains the most extraordinary specimens of specialized vegetation growing on rocky surfaces at high altitudes.

SERRA DA BOCAINA NATIONAL PARK, Rio de Janeiro

Located between São Paulo State and Rio de Janeiro, it is the richest example of a continuous stretch of Atlantic Forest in the country. Throughout the Bocaina mountain range there are waterfalls and peaks that offer fantastic views of the region and the beaches. These mountains are also full of historical buildings among them the Pharmacia Popular (1830), the oldest working pharmacy in Brazil.

Source: Brazil Sensational!