From secluded, clean beaches to bustling cities to colonial towns, Brazil is diversity at its best.
And although the country is vast, most tourists only travel to a handful of destinations in Brazil, leaving behind tons of hidden gems and secret spots.
In a way, I’m also guilty of that. At least, that’s how I feel.
Despite the fact I’ve traveled extensively through Brazil, I sometimes feel as if I didn’t travel to as many places as I wanted to. Not only the country is vast but the cities are also massive.
And before you notice, your Brazil bucket list is getting longer and longer.
Destinations in Brazil
Well, on this page, you can find the best destinations in Brazil where I have been to and have been featured on I Heart Brazil.
Scroll through the different regions and states and click on a place in Brazil that captures your interest.
You’ll find plenty of helpful guides and exciting stories that will hopefully give you more insight into the country or inspire you for your next trip.
All the places featured here on the blog are separated out by region, state, and in a map for your convenience.
I haven’t written about every single town yet but bare with me. I’ll be constantly adding new content to this page so check back to see what I’ve been up to and where I’ve been!
Regions in Brazil
Brazil has five distinct regions.
Each one of them has its cuisine, music, traditions, and unique vacation spots.
You can either click on any to learn more about a region or scroll further to find the Brazilian states I wrote about.
Central-West region, Brazil
Made up by Goiás, Mato Grosso, and Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil’s heart is home to the seat of the government (Brasília) and to many indigenous tribes as well as to people from Bolivia, Paraguay, and other southern Brazilian states.
North region, Brazil
Brazil’s North Region is rich in natural landscapes and culture. The area has the largest number of Indigenous Brazilian people.
It’s made up of seven states: Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima, and Tocantins.
Northeast region, Brazil
The Brazilian Caribbean area (aka the Northeast) is the second most visited area in the country.
The region is made up of nine states: Bahia, Pernambuco, Ceará, Sergipe, Alagoas, Paraíba, Rio Grande do Norte, Piauí, and Maranhão.
South region, Brazil
The southern region in Brazil is composed of three states only: Paraná, Santa Catarina, and Rio Grande do Sul.
Because this is the coldest region of Brazil, the local traditions and food are strongly influenced by European immigrants.
Southeast region, Brazil
The Southeast is Brazil’s business hub, and therefore, the wealthiest area in the country.
The region is composed of the states of Espírito Santo, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo.
Soccer and carnival are essential in the Brazilian culture, but in the Southeast, it’s a serious business.
Here are the Brazilian states featured on the blog.
Rio de Janeiro State, Southeast
Rio de Janeiro is a state filled with colonial towns, secret beaches, and incredible wildlife. To top it off, the states' capital, Rio de Janeiro City is a mesmerizing destination in Brazil. Ready to experience diversity?
São Paulo State, Southeast
My home state has a little of everything, from mega-cities filled with skyscrapers to secluded islands to magical natural spots. You can truly spend a month in the region, and still you won't have scratched its surface, but if you do venture on this journey, you won't regret it. Trust me on this.