Brazil is massive, diverse and full of adventure. The 4,650 miles of coastline is offering adventurous incredible tropical experiences. It is a country of powdery white-sand beaches, verdant rainforests and wild, rhythm-filled metropolises, landscapes of red-rock canyons, thundering waterfalls, coral-fringed tropical islands and Baroque churches revealing a glimpse back in town. Cultural activities are abuzz in towns less traveled by tourists.
8 SCENIC SMALL TOWNS
The town is just across the bay from São Luís. It was built in the late 19th century with slave labor. Lining the cobblestone streets are mansions in various states of upkeep, from maintained to ruined. Alcantara is an authentic historical destination due to its minimal population during its entire history. A 17th century whipping post can be seen at the hilltop Praça da Matriz.
In the state of Parana, south of Brazil, the small colonial village is located. The village can be reached by the Serra Verde Express, a locomotive that snakes its way through the rain forests and down elevation from Curitiba. The historical center of the town can be explored on foot A few churches was built in the 1700s as well as the beautiful Nhundiaquara River that cuts Morretes in half. After a long day you can enjoy the Barreado, a traditional beef stew served at one of the many restaurants.
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Protected on the inlet side of the peninsula, the small, traditional town is evident by colourful cottaged that dot the cobblestone streets. The towns biggest attraction is the 17th century cathedral know as Nossa Senhora da Lapa. If not enjoying some of the traditional Azorean food, join the locals dinking, paying chess or strolling around the waterside park.
Once the capital of Goias, the small town is bursting with important local history. Located in the center of the country surrounded by rivers and sitting atop a rugged terrain. Lamps still lit by hand is illuminating the cobblestone streets between the colonial cottages – it is spectacular. You’ll also find a handful of beautiful baroque churches.
The town can be located on the Green Coast of Rio De Janeiro. The bay is full of lush islands, jungle hills backdrop the bright white colonial buildings, and the peninsula hides beaches waiting to be found. Flowers adorn the colorful buildings, and if you happen to be on the right street at the right time, you’ll notice the tide slowly come in. Eventually, the picturesque streets become mini-canals with water becoming mirrors for the beautiful facades. No cars are allowed within the historical center and horse carriages trot through the streets.
The Festa do Divino Espirito Santo happened every year, 45 days after Easter in the little town. The popular mounted horse festival, along with colonial architecture and roaring waterfalls, makes this a popular tourist destination. You can found the oldest church in Goias, Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosário de Meia Ponte, can be amongst the magnificent buildings. Three towering waterfalls the Santa Maria, Abade and Rosario are surrounding this popular, festive town.
The town is situated in the beautiful mountainous wooden area in the mostly dusty sertao desert. It is an old diamond mining town that is still showing off the riches it once accumulated. Lining the cobblestone street you can found hole-in-the-wall restaurants and brightly colored 19th century buildings. Caves, waterfalls, beautiful rivers and towering plateaus wait to be explored.
Known for its blue mountain hiking trails and serving as a refuge for those seeking the beauty of nature, the town has a colonial charm that cannot be ignored. When not visiting the antique shops or boutiques, have a delicious meal at one of the restaurants or take a romantic horse carriage ride through the town. It’s best to come here mid-week to avoid the overeager crowds of the weekend.
OTHER SMALL TOWNS TO VISIT
The best time to visit Brazil is from April to June, and August to October. July is a school holiday month.