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Brazil Best Photo Spots

The ultimate list of Brazil's most instagrammable locations

Brazil is known for its natural beauty and diverse landscape. From golden sand dunes to urban graffiti murals, from turquoise lagoons to colorful shacks of the favelas, this unique destination truly has it all.  

Located in the northeast of Brazil, about 40 minutes from the village of Jericoacoara is Buraco Azul, “blue hole” in Portuguese. There are actually two lagoons in the area- Castelhano and Caiçara- and the story of their creation is an interesting one. As construction trucks were trying to dig up the ground to build a road in the area, nature intervened, it rained and the man-made hole was filled with rainwater, creating these beautiful lagoons. 

For more about these lagoons click here.

Take the most beautiful pictures in one of the hundreds of lagoons of The National Park of Lencois Maranheses. Located in the Northeast of Brazil, this lunar-like park transforms after the rainy season as lagoons begin forming below its sandy dunes. 

The most beautiful lagoons are Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Bonita but in between, you will find many other small lagoons. Apart from visiting the lagoons in person, you can also fly above the whole park.

Chilling on a hammock in one fo Jericoacoara’s lagoons is the perfect photo opportunity. Lagoa do Paraiso is one of them but there are more like Lagoa Azul.

Located about 3 hours away from Manaus, Amazonas is the unique pools that lead to a beautiful waterfall. Most pools are so deep you can’t even feel the ground and people joke they reach till the middle of the earth. 

Presidente Figuierdo area is full of other mesmerizing spots and you can spend 3 days chasing the waterfalls in the area. 

This unique natural gem is one of the most iconic spots identified with Presidente Figueiredo. Hiking there you will pass through the beautiful lush trail in the forest and get to Caverna do Maroaga where you’ll find about 400 meters of dark caves. Then you will reach Cave od Judea- a massive cave with the thin water stream falling from its top and creating a small pool.

Barra Lighthouse, Salvador

This lighthouse is located at Barra neighborhood on the beach and is a great spot to watch the sun setting over the water. 

The Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim , Salvador

This huge white church is famous for the colorful hand bracelets hanging at its entrance. It’s located about 20 minutes from the tourist area of Barra. 

This rock is has become one of the most instagrammable spots in Rio because of the illusion it creates. You can take creative pictures from its edge as if you’re falling but on the bottom, there’s another rock you can stand on. 

The views from the tops are beautiful but the line to take pictures on this rock is long AF (I’m talking about an hour or more at peak times) so if you’re not that into it choose another hike or get there at sunrise. 

This colorful mural is the largest graffiti in the world so trying to fit it in your frame is definitely a challenge. Created by Brazilian artist, Cobra Mural das Etnias means the ethnicities mural and it displays 5 different faces that represent the ethnicities of Brazil. Next to it, you will find RioStar Ferris Wheel.

If you’re looking for the postcard view of Rio Morro Dois Irmãos hike (or twin hills) is the one for you. This popular hike is extremely popular because relatively easy (about an hour hike) and close to the touristic area of Rio. Let’s not forget, of course, of the spectacular view that contrasts the colorful shacks of the favela and the golden beaches of Rio. 

For more information about this hike click here.

Mirante Dona Marta is perfect for a sunset photo shoot or just to admire the view of Rio during the day. It’s located below the Corcovado at 360 meters and offers a similar view. 

Named after the Chilean artist that created them piece by piece, the colorful Escadaria Selarón has become famous after appearing in a Fanta commercial and a U2 video (among others). They are always packed with people so get there super early for a tourists-free picture. 

In the area, you’ll also find this world map mosaic and the flag of brazil. 

pao de acucar rio de janeiro

The famous Pão de Açucar is one of the best places to get a panoramic view of Rio. You can take a cable car to get to its top so it’s accessible to all. 

Rio Star is the biggest Ferris wheel in Latin America and is perfect for pictures from its top or next to it. Next to it is Mural das Etnias.

These iconic arches transform throughout the day. During the day the yellow tram (bondinho) passes on top of them and during the night they echo the sounds of street musicians playing beneath them. 

You must have seen this famous beach strip and its iconic pavement in movies but trust me, Copacabana beach is more than just a beautiful picture.

Pedra Bonita, or the beautiful stone, offers a bird’s eye view over Barra neighborhood as well as Leblon and Ipanema and Tijuca Forest. To its sides, you will see Dois irmãos (Twin Hills) and Pedra da Gávea.

Located in the Centro district of Rio is the instagrammable library, Real Gabinete Português de Leitura. Its Neo-Manueline architectural style of the library and its tall ceilings attract not only book lovers but photographers.

Jalapão Natural Springs, Tocatins

This turquoise pool called Fervedouro do Ceiça is still considered a hidden gem and remained relatively untouched mainly due to the remote location of the Jalapão Sate Park, Tocatins. The thick lush vegetation surrounding the natural springs and it’s sandy bottom create a spectacular view.

The coolest thing about this pool is that you can float in due to underground water pressures that prevent you from touching the bottom. 

Foz do Iguaçu Waterfalls are located in the frontier of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. You can visit the falls in one day and according to most people, the Argentinian side is the most impressive one. 

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