Top Cities in Brazil

Pocket Guide: Brazil

Book a hotel in Brazil, a country that is both vast and endlessly surprising. Its sprawling cities are among the world’s largest and play host to the greatest carnivals on earth. It’s home to the Amazon, a rainforest so huge that it actually constitutes half of all the rainforest coverage on the planet. And, all of this can be encountered before you even get to the mountain ranges and canyons, the coral-reefed tropical islands and the spectacular colonial towns. To simply say that Brazil is bursting with life is an understatement of epic proportions.

Where to Stay in Brazil

North Brazil — The wildest and most unexplored part of Brazil, the north of the country is where you will discover a veritable cradle of life. The Amazon basin not only holds the world’s largest rainforest, but also its greatest biodiversity, and is surely the Holy Grail for nature lovers. It’s not just untamed wildness, however: Manaus is a bustling modern city with great hotels right at the heart of this truly wondrous place.

Northeast Brazil — The hottest part of Brazil, the northeast also boasts its most magnificent stretches of shoreline. Whilst it doesn’t boast any of Brazil’s mega-cities it is still one of the liveliest parts of Brazil. Yet, it has a serious side: here you’ll find one of Brazil's most famous pilgrimage sites, Juazeiro do Norte, in rural Ceara.

Southeast Brazil — Home to Brazil’s largest cities Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte this is considered to be the cosmopolitan heart of the country and where you’ll find most of the country’s best hotels. Brazil’s most impressive colonial town, Ouro Preto, boasts churches and museums housing 16th and 17th century Baroque art and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

South Brazil — In the south of Brazil you will get a greater sense of the European influence on the country. Its two large cities saw an influx of German, Italian, Polish and Ukrainian immigrants in the 19th century and the area now has the best standard of living in Brazil. It’s also where you’ll find the staggering Iguacu Falls in Parana, one of the great natural wonders of the world.

How to Make the Most of Your Hotel in Brazil

The Amazon rainforest is simply essential if natural wonder is what you are looking for. If heritage is more your thing then the cities are littered with churches, monasteries, forts, barracks and other architecture from Brazil’s colonial past. Make sure you don’t miss Carnaval in Rio, which grips the country in a blaze of dancing, costumes and never-ending parties.

Brazil has everything - horse riding and wildlife-watching in the Pantanal, kayaking in the Amazon, rock-climbing, whale watching, surfing and much more besides. If, however, this all sounds a bit too energetic, then the country has glorious beaches running pretty much the full length of its coast for you to bask on. And don’t even get us started on the partying... or do, but don’t expect us to stop.