The 8 Most Beautiful and Underrated Places in Brazil

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6. Lençóis National Park, Maranhão

At first glance, this national park in Brazil’s south end may look like a dessert but closer inspection sees that the giant sweeping sand dunes are broken up by turquoise lagoons. The spectacular landscape is created by rainfall as the area sits just outside the Amazon basin and this rainfall collects in the valleys between the dunes. The water remains above ground thanks to a layer of impermeable rock underneath the sand. Visiting the park will be tricky as there are no access roads and 4-wheel drive vehicles are required but make the trip and this is a view you won’t soon forget.

Lençóis National Park Brazil

5. Florianopolis, Santa Catarina

The city of Florianopolis has been dubbed “the best place to live in Brazil” by Brazilian magazine Veja, so it’s only natural that tourists would want to see what all the fuss is about. The coastal proximity and abundance of beaches (42 if you’re counting) are a major draw for visitors and the area is also known as one of Brazil’s surfing capitals. Those looking for more than beaches will enjoy the city’s mix of modern mega-city with 16th century colonial architecture and historic fortresses.

Florianopolis, Santa Catarina
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