Brazil Travel: Hidden Places to Visit

Our Brazilian Ambassador reveals exclusive information for adventurers heading to Brazil!


Heading to Brazil?

Check out these tips on where to visit and what to see, as curated by a local. If the descriptions don’t convince you, the photos sure will!

Chapada Diamantina, Bahia


Chapada Diamantina, at the heart of Bahia State, is a place for adventurers who love history and nature. There you can find a little bit of everything: waterfalls, canyons, mountains, caves, blue lagoons, and rich flowers and vegetation. The best tourist infrastructure of the National Park is located at Municipio of Lençóis – BA, where travellers are able to do tours by walking. What to do: Morro do Pai Inácio; Gruta da Pratinha; Gruta Azul; Cachoeira do Poço do Diabo; Cachoeira do Sossego; Rio Mucugezinho; Ribeirão do Meio; Serrano; Poço Harley; Salão das Areias Coloridas; Cachoeira do Mosquito.

Jericoacara, Ceará

Ranked as one of the top 10 beaches in the world, Jericoacara is located 300km west of Fortaleza – CE. The rustic style of the village is preserved, there are no street lamp poles, – only the light from the stars and the moon illuminate the village where the roads are made of sand. The setting is naturally beautiful and there are many options for entertainment making Jericoacara a peaceful and unique place.  What to do: Dunas de Tatajuba; Seahorse National Park; Sandboard; Duna Encantada; Lagoa Tatajuba; Duna do Pôr-do- Sol; Lagoa do Paraíso; Árvore da Preguiça; Pedra Furada.

Arraial do Cabo, Rio de Janeiro

One of the most peaceful places on the Brazilian coast, Arraial do Cabo, located few hours from Rio de Janeiro, enables travellers to live unforgettable experiences. The place is a mix of great attractions: dunes, lagoons and transparent waters, ecotourism, diving, vast marine life such as dolphins and turtles, boat tours, delicious seafood, and a rich history to tie it all together. What to do: Prainha; Pontal do Atalaia; Praia do Farol; Ilha do Farol; Praia do Forno; Praia Brava; Ponta d’Água; Gruta Azul.

Bahia: Península de Maraú

Located in the South of Bahia, between Morro do São Paulo and Itacaré, Península de Maraú is a place to visit at any time of the year. The weather is always gorgeous, and there are lagoons, virgin forests, coconut trees, and natural pools at the beaches. The village Camamu is not accessible by car which is great to preserve all the natural beauties. What to do: Ponta do Mutá – Três Coqueiros; Barra Grande; Bombaça; Taipu de Fora; Lagoa do Cassange; Saquaíra; Arandi; Algodões, Piranga.

Jalapão, Tocantins

This wild destination is a great option for those who want to be isolated and fully connected with nature. Located in the Tocantins State, the region is rich in rivers, mountains, dunes, creeks, and waterfalls. All the water is part of the beautiful scenario are transparent and potable. For the adventurous travellers, the region is ideal for sports, including rafting, canoeing, and rappelling – with walking and cycling trails. What to do: Cachoeira da Velha; Dunas; Villages do Mumbuca and Prata; Serra do Espirito Santo; Cachoeira do Formiga; Fervedouros; Ponte Alta do Tocantins, Mateiros; São Félix do Tocantins; Novo Acordo.

Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul

Located in the Midwest of Brazil, in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, this city is the main centre of eco-tourism that is recognized worldwide. Bonito is part of the complex of the National Park da Serra da Bodoquena and is full of natural landscapes like rivers of transparent waters, caves, waterfalls, and a rich fauna with exotic animals. Bonito is the best place for river diving in Brazil. Can you imagine being able to swim side to side with several colourful fishes? What to do: Rio Sucuri; Abismo Anhumas; Gruta do Lago Azul; Boca da Onça; Parque das Cachoeiras; Rio da Prata, Aqueário Natural; Gruta de São Miguel; Lagoa Misteriosa; Buraco das Araras; Balneário do Sol.


Capitólio, Minas Gerais

In the state of Minas Gerais, located between Serra da Canastra and Furnas Lake, the city of Capitólio has many natural attractions. Furnas Lake is one of the largest and cleanest artificial lakes in the world and is the main attraction of Captólio. Travellers choose the most interesting way to explore the canyons and landscapes of Lake… by boat. The beauties of the region are amazing: waterfalls, natural pools, and mountains with fascinating trails. The rich culture and history are also attractive options to note. What to do: Balneário Escarpas do Lago; Furnas Lake; Morro do Chapéu; Serra da Canastra National Park; Trilha dos Macacos (trail); Cachoeira Dicadinha; Cachoeira Fecho da Serra.

Anything missing? Have you been to any of these places? Try out these tips and let us know what you think! Special shout out to Eveline for sharing her travel knowledge with everyone! You can follow her journey. If you’re interested in being a Sherpa Ambassador, you can check out the Project! As always, Travel Easy!

-The Sherpa Team