You can cross your fingers and hope to win OneTravel’s iPhone Travel App contest.
But if those two round-trip tickets to Brazil became yours, how would you put them to use?
Would you spend all your time in Rio de Janeiro, the most visited city in the Southern Hemisphere?
Or Sao Paolo, the largest metropolitan city in Brazil. Brasilia, the nation’s capital city, is another obvious choice.
Or, would you dive into the unexpected and explore some of Brazil’s lesser known regions?
Set along the Southeast coast of Brazil, about a two-hour drive from Rio de Janeiro, the small town of Buzios sits as a contradiction within itself: a fishing village by nature, yet also a self-indulgent beach destination by nurture after French actress Brigette Bardot adopted the place as her personal tropical playground years ago. Now, often likened to Saint Tropez, Buzios is recognized as a prime warm- weather getaway for the fabulous crowd.
If you’re more into camping and exploring wildlife than baking on a beach, Minas Gerais, the second most populous and second richest state in Brazil, is a good place to start your Brazil adventure. The state’s historic colonial churches, national parks, caves, waterfalls and natural food culture are just a few of the elements that will make it worth your time.
Not only is Natal dubbed the safest of all of Brazil’s state capital cities, but it’s known for its “Carnatal” – off-season Carnival. Carnatal takes place in December and, unlike the Samba school parades of Rio, allows the public to participate. The people here, who are known for their hospitality, drive around in dune buggies – the easiest way to traverse the city’s famous sand dunes.
Although native South American culture still underlies everyday life in this eco-tourist driven Amazon River city, Manaus is a bustling cosmopolitan hub complete with luxury resorts, pristine beaches and vibrant nightlife. Go bar-hopping along Ponta Negra beach, or take a boat ride to see the “Encontro das Águas” the point at which the Rio Negro, a river with tar-colored water meets the sandy-hues of Rio Solimões to form the Amazon River.
Chapada dos Guimaraes
This family-friendly town in the Mato Grosso state boasts a number of stunning waterfalls perfect for hiking and swimming. The Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park brings kids up close and personal with natural wildlife, indigenous rock carvings and some of the most breath-taking views from the vertical rock-walls.