10 National Parks to Visit in Brazil

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Having in mind the size of Brazil and the diverse climate this country has, it is clear that there are many national parks scattered around the country. Each of them is unique and offers something different to the visitors. You will be going on a real adventure if you decide to visit at least a couple of them and you will experience spectacular ecosystems that can only be found in this part of our planet.

1. Lencois Maranhenses National Park

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Lencois Maranhenses National Park is simply breathtaking. It is filled with natural sand dunes that are surrounding beautiful lakes scattered around this place. This national park is located in Barreirinhas which is a part of Northeastern region. Getting there might be a bit tricky because you need to embark on a three to four hour drive, but once you arrive, it will be worth it.

2. Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park

Located in Goias, it is one of the most popular national parks in this part of Brazil. It became a World Heritage Site in 2001. It has a very interesting fauna that includes some of the endangered species, but this national park is more famous for the gorgeous waterfalls of different sizes.

3. Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park

If you are more into national parks located near the ocean, Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park is for you. As a matter of fact, this park is located on an island in the Atlantic Ocean. The waters around the island are crystal clear and tourists often come to this archipelago in order to explore the marine life and dive.

4. Parque Nacional da Chapada Diamantina

Parque Nacional de Chapada Diamantina is located in the State of Bahia and it covers a large section of land. The terrain is quite interesting and you will be able to enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding area. What makes this place so unique are the discoveries of gold and diamonds in this national park, as well as very unique flora that can be found only here.

5. Serra de Capivara National Park

If you love hiking and enjoy really long walks, Serra de Capivara National Park is ideal for you. The guides will be with you at all times and you will be able to enjoy amazing flora and fauna of this place. It is a very isolated location so the nature here is pretty intact. The rocks and caves in this national park used to be a home to the first people who lived in South America and you can see traces of their culture in this magnificent place.

6. Parque Nacional de Brasilia

Located just half an hour outside of Brasilia, Parque Nacional offers wonderful natural surroundings. It is artificially created and it has numerous tracks and trails that are perfect for hiking and spending a day in the wilderness. Besides that, you can also relax in a swimming pool that is available to all visitors.

7. Matogrossense Wetlands National Park

If you are interested in the wildlife of the South America, Matogrossense Wetlands National Park will be heaven on Earth for you. You will be able to see various animal species in their natural habitat and experience the heart of this continent in a single place. It is also excellent for photographers who love taking photos of animals.

8. Parque Estadual Turistico do Alto Ribeira

Parque Estadual Turistico do Alto Ribeira has a magnificent web of caves that are spread underneath the park. They attract tourists from all around the globe because the formations you can see while you are underground are spectacular. Besides that, this place has gorgeous waterfalls and beautiful nature that will take your breath away.

9. Iguacu National Park

This cluster of waterfalls are well known as one of the most impressive natural formations in the entire Brazil. The Devil’s Throat is simply amazing and tourists from the surrounding areas flock to this place in order to see it. The tours often include a boat ride underneath the waterfalls so be prepared to get a bit wet while you are out there.

10. Serra dos Orgaos National Park

This enormous national park is ideal for hikers. If you decide to go on a walk here, you will be able to experience lakes, waterfalls, and beautiful wildlife. It is close to Rio de Janeiro and you can get there quickly. It is an untouched tropical forest that has so many amazing features and you will enjoy discovering them while hiking through it.

Brazil is an enormous country that has plenty of nature, spectacular wildlife, and amazing forests. If you want to experience something different while you are visiting this place, go and see one of the nearby national parks. You will be glad you did so because Brazil has so much to offer besides gorgeous beaches and crystal clear waters.

Have a good trip and travel!

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