Rio de Janeiro is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in the world. But it is also crowded with tourists and a little overrated. Here are some more great places to visit if you are ever in Brazil. And don’t just take the floor: UNESCO considers these three cities to be World Heritage Sites.
If your plan is to celebrate at the carnival, a Brazilian told you to go to Olinda. This small town of cobbled streets and slopes has some of the busiest and most exciting parties during your holiday and attracts tourists from all over the world.
But if you’re looking for more than just a party, the city offers not only beautiful, colorful houses from the 18th and 19th centuries, and incredible sea views, but also a wide variety of art galleries, cafes and historic churches.
And an interesting fact: this region is considered the capital of the Brazilian shipwreck.
If you are looking for beautifully preserved colonial architecture, Ouro Preto is the city for you. The cobbled streets of this historic city are decorated with numerous churches, bridges and fountains designed by Baroque artists during the 18th century gold rush.
Ouro Preto is also home to well-known cultural events, such as its own film, winter and jazz festivals. And of course, carnival parties.
If you are still interested in visiting Copacabana and the Christ the Redeemer, you can always make at least a cultural stop in Paratys. Just a 3-hour drive from Rio, it is one of the best-preserved coastal birds in the country. The historic center of Paraty, where cars are not allowed, still retains its colonial charm today and is, according to UNESCO, “the most harmonious colonial architectural complex”.