Things to Do in Brazil…Besides Partying

I just got back from a wonderful week in Brazil.  It was Carnaval week, but I’m not much of a partier, So I opted for a more laid back trip.

I found very reasonably priced flights direct from DC to Sao Paulo.  I spent the week in Lencois Maranhenses, Salvador, and Sao Paulo.  I certainly wish I had time for Rio, but I’ll check it out next time I’m in Brazil!

Lencois Maranhenses is a national park in northern Brazil with water-filled sand dunes that are truly out of this world.  It’s a bit tricky to get to – I flew into Sao Luis then took a 5 hour bus to Barreirinhas, but the journey is well worth it.  This place looks drastically different based on the season – the water level changes.  July/August is the best time to visit Lencois Maranhenses, because the dunes fill up with bright blue water, but I believe it is still beautiful anytime of year.  A plane tour of the dunes is an absolute MUST!  The beautiful photos you will see if you search for Lencois Maranhenses are taken from a plane.  Plus, the flight is pretty cheap – about 300 Reals per person.

Salvador is a cute city on the coast.  A boat tour to some of the islands in the bay is a great way to see some pristine and untouched beaches.  A walk around the old city is also a lot of fun.

Sao Paulo is bigger and much more expensive than other areas in Brazil.  You won’t need much time here – a day or two should be enough.  Renting a bike in Ibirapuera Park is a great way to start the day.  Then make sure to head up to the Italian building for a cocktail at some point and get a beautiful city photo.



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