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5 natural wonders in Brazil

26 November 2019 07:17

Fall for Brazil's beautiful border at Iguazú.

Fall for Brazil's beautiful border at Iguazú.

Wetlands, waterfalls and wildlife-watching await in Brazil's most beautiful natural wonders. Read on for five of our favourites...

1. Iguazú Falls

When a huge volcanic eruption caused a crack in the earth 132 million years ago, it would have been difficult to imagine the remains looking this beautiful. The Iguazú (or Iguaçu) Falls border Brazil and Argentina, standing 31 metres taller than Niagara and almost twice as wide. The samba side gives visitors access to the ferocious Devil's Throat, where half of the Iguazú river flows through a U-shaped chasm. High-speed boat rides allow you to splash under and get closer to some of the park's 275 falls.

2. Lençóis Maranhenses National Park

Nothing in the world looks quite like this national park in north-eastern Brazil. During the rainy season, thousands of crystal blue lagoons fill sand dunes in a landscape that looks as unique as it does jaw-dropping. Head to Maranhão state between February and May to take full advantage of everything Lençóis Maranhenses has to offer – from surfing, canoeing, horseback riding and more.

3. Diamond Plateau Mountains

Found in Bahia state and known locally as Chapada Diamantina, this mountain range sits in a national park famous for trekking, valleys and enchanting caves. Larger than some European countries, it's important to prioritise what you want to see in the region. Most tourists take advantage of the large number of waterfalls and caves, the most in any part of Brazil. The Poco Azul cave welcomes tourists to swim in its bright blue waters among sunken ancient trees.

4. Encontro das Aguas

The Meeting of Waters, or Encontro das Aguas in Portuguese, does exactly what it says on the tin. The confluence of the Amazon and Negro rivers is particularly surprising as the contrasting colours of the waters run side by side without mixing. The darker Negro water flows alongside the sandy-coloured Amazon, in an almost yin-yang style that's best viewed from river cruises operating in the Manaus area.

5. Pantanal Wetlands

The world's largest tropical wetland can be found in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, and reaches as far as Bolivia and Paraguay. The area is so large that it would cover at least nine countries in Europe, but only 5% of it remains protected. Visit during the drier winter season for the best wildlife-spotting opportunities, as the largest concentration of crocodiles in the world - 10 million caimans - live alongside their predators, the Pantanal Jaguar.

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