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Explore the depths of the Amazon Rainforest, feel the splash of tremendous Iguassu Falls, and relax on the dazzling beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana on a Brazil vacation.
Host of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro beckons visitors with its blend of natural beauty, history, and lively neighborhoods. The giant Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, overlooks the city from atop Corcovado. Take a cable car ride to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for panoramic views of Guanabara Bay. And if you love live performances, the spectacular Carnival festival takes place every year in the week before Lent. Carnival brings together Brazil's best samba dancers with elaborate costumes, choreography, and vibrant parade floats through the streets of Rio.
Elsewhere in the city, visit the galleries and eateries of Santa Teresa, the colorful Selaron Steps, cafes and bars of Botafogo, the futuristic Museum of Tomorrow, or the Imperial Museum of Brazil.
São Paulo is Brazil's financial center, filled with world-class architecture, including the colonial Patio do Colegio church—16th-century Jesuit mission—as well as the neo-Gothic São Paulo Cathedral and baroque Theatro Municipal. Spend a relaxing afternoon in the city's Ibirapuera Park, where you will also find the planetarium and Museum of Modern Art.
The Amazon Rainforest covers about 60% of Brazil, making it the most biodiverse country on the planet. The Amazon River-the lifeblood of the rainforest-winds for over 4,000 miles from the Andes Mountains in Peru to the Atlantic coast in Brazil. Take a boat ride or canoe trip to trace the path of the river, spot exotic wildlife during a hike through the rainforest, visit a wildlife refuge, and explore the towns that call this incredible ecosystem home.