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18 May

Brazil Beyond the Rio Games

Iqauzu Falls

Explore Brazil This Summer

With the world’s attention turning to the Olympic Games this summer, Brazil is under the spotlight. But there’s far more to this country than Rio!

This summer the Olympic Games hit Rio de Janeiro. This promises to be a party to remember, as the famous city is the perfect stage for such an exciting international event. Rio is a must-see destination; its beaches, vistas, and beautiful people are iconic. But there’s far more to Brazil than this. If you’re thinking of going to the Games this summer, why not also venture further afield and see what else this incredibly diverse country has to offer? You won’t be alone – as international attention turns to Brazil, many are discovering its hotspots. Even style bible Vogue has issued a guide to the hippest places to be seen in the country. So don’t be late to the party! Here are our top four suggestions for Brazil beyond Rio…


Olinda is one of the best preserved colonial cities in Brazil. It can be found in the state of Pernambuco on the country’s Atlantic coast. It’s stuffed full of candy-coloured colonial houses, pretty churches and cobbled streets. Make sure you visit one of the many art studios the town has to offer and pick up some unique handmade souvenirs. If you’re lucky enough to be in town for Carnival season, Olinda puts on one of the best parties in the country. Unusually, its Carnival (which has a strong African flavour) is best experienced during the day, unlike its more famous equivalent in Rio. This makes for a truly memorable explosion of colour!


If you want to get away from the bustling cities of Brazil, then head to Manaus. In the North West of the country, Manaus is known as the gateway to the Amazon. From here you can head into the rainforest on a wide range of trips and tours that allow you to immerse yourself in this entirely unique ecosystem. But there’s plenty to see in Manaus itself, too. Visit the iconic Amazonas Opera House, or see the strange ‘meeting of the waters’ – a natural phenomenon in which the water of two rivers flow alongside each other without mixing.

Iguazu Falls

The Iguazu Falls are one of the natural wonders of the world. Sitting on the border between Brazil and Argentina, it’s possible to see this breathtaking phenomenon from either country. On the Brazillian side, the gateway to the Falls is the town of Foz do Iguazu. The Falls are surrounded by tropical flora and fauna, making this a spectacle that can’t be missed. The sheer scale of the Falls will amaze you!

Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo is the largest city in Brazil, and one of the biggest in the world. It’s a bustling city, known for its skyscrapers and eclectic culture. It’s stuffed with museums and art galleries, including the esteemed Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo which is well worth a visit. It’s also a paradise for foodies, with the city’s diverse population leading to a dizzying range of cuisines on offer – Sao Paulo contains the largest population of Japanese people outside of Japan. The City will be hosting some Olympic events this summer, though the focus remains on Rio.

Wherever you go in Brazil, make sure you read our guide to staying safe. The rules for Rio apply across the country.

Before you travel make sure you’re fully insured for you trip, Avanti offers Worldwide Travel Insurance.