10 Most Beautiful National Parks in Brazil

by Helena Felipe
Waterfall in Aparados da Serra National Park, Brazil

Among countries, Brazil has the greatest diversity of plant and animal species. The greatest spots to see this natural wonder are inside Brazil’s extensive network of national parks. The parks have a variety of ecosystems, including tropical rain forests, canyons, and mountains. Here are some of Brazil’s most stunning national parks that you shouldn’t miss.

10. Itatiaia National Park

Itatiaia National Park is Brazil’s first and oldest national park, having been established in 1937. Some of Brazil’s tallest peaks, including Prateleiras and Agulhas Negras, may be found inside the park, which is located in the Mantiqueira mountain range. Climbing Prateleiras needs nothing in the way of effort or true climbing abilities, but ascending Agulhas Negras is a different story.

Up higher, there is less cover, so be sure to bring a hat and sunscreen. amazing scenery, particularly between May and August during the dry season. The park’s 350 different bird species bring in bird enthusiasts from all over the globe.

9. Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park

There are cliffs, canyons, waterfalls, and caverns in this national park in Mato Grosso. The savannah is home to many different kinds of trees and vibrant flowers if you take the time to explore it. Some important archeological sites, including prehistoric cave paintings, may be found in the park as well.

Gato-palheiro wildcats, eagles, anteaters, deer, and maned wolves are only some of the wildlife that visitors to the area may see. The dry season, which occurs between May and September, is ideal for a visit to this park. If you plan on visiting the park between December and April, keep in mind that it is often closed due to heavy rainfall during this time.

8. Pantanal Matogrossense National Park

The Cuiaba River and its associated wetlands dominate this park in the southern Brazilian state of Matto Grosso. As a matter of fact, this park is home to the world’s biggest wetland. Many exotic species, such as parrots, macaws, and ibises, are resident there.

Numerous additional animals, such as anteaters, jaguars, black howler monkeys, and tapirs, might be seen. Since getting to and from this national park may take several days and you’ll want to remain for at least a couple of days, you should budget at least a week for your excursion.

7. Jericoacoara National Park

Water sports enthusiasts will enjoy Jericoacoara Beach, situated in the state of Ceara’s Jericoacoara National Park. This park has a wide variety of environments for visitors to explore, from beaches and dunes to swamps and tunnels.

Travelers often rent dune buggies or other four-wheel-drive vehicles to go about their day on the sandy terrain. The closest settlement is also named Jericoacoara, and the only way to reach the park from there is by renting a four-wheel-drive vehicle. There are various lakes and ponds in the park where visitors may unwind in a hammock and take in the beautiful scenery.

6. Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park

This park in the state of Goias, about 240 kilometers (150 miles) from Brasilia, is famous for its many waterfalls and striking quartz rock formations. One of the highlights is the Pedreiras Waterfall, where visitors may swim and experience the restorative powers of water.

Abseiling is a popular sport for the daring, which entails descending waterfalls using ropes. This is an activity that should only be attempted under the supervision of a trained professional. Many rare and endangered animals and plants, including guara wolves, jaguars, swamp deer, and armadillos, call this park home.

5. Lencois Maranhenses National Park

The state of Maranho in Brazil’s northeast is home to this park. Lençóis Maranhenses is mostly made up of sand dunes and has very little vegetation. Although 44 vehicles are used for tours, exploring this desert-like area on foot may be just as interesting. It’s nice to cool down in one of the numerous lakes, rivers, or lagoons, especially since the afternoons may become very warm.

The sand dunes may be discovered on horseback, or from a small aircraft or helicopter. The rainy season (July–September) is the best time to visit this park since that’s when the lagoons are at their fullest.

4. Aparados da Serra National Park

One of the earliest national parks in Brazil, Aparados da Serra National Park, opened to the public in 1959. In Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, in southern Brazil, you’ll find this park.

Hiking enthusiasts go to the area to explore its beautiful canyons and lush woodlands. One of the most interesting features is Itaimbezinho Canyon, which is located in a subtropical rainforest and has two waterfalls. The park now has a daily visitation limit of 1,500 people. The park has high levels of humidity and frequent fog due to its location near the Atlantic Ocean.

3. Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park

Six major islands make up the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, which is located in the Atlantic Ocean about 350 kilometers (220 miles) off the Brazilian shore. The majority of sightseers ride buggies about the main island’s little metropolis.

More than a dozen of the beaches here are suitable for water sports, including swimming, diving, surfing, and snorkeling. All of the beaches are accessible to visitors who pay a permit. Sea turtles, dolphins, sharks, stingrays, and many other species of marine life may be seen here. There are several places to stay around this national park.

2. Chapada Diamantina National Park

Some of the most beautiful and unusual scenery in all of Brazil may be seen at this national park in the state of Bahia, which is found in the northeast of the country. There are numerous unique natural features, such as rock formations, caverns, lakes, and mesas, that may keep you occupied for days.

Cachoeira da Fumaça, the tallest fall in the nation, is the most well-known waterfall in the park, but its 380-meter plunge is more than it can handle (1250 feet). Poço Encantado (Enchanted Pool) and Poço Azul (Blue Pool) are also noteworthy.

Lençóis, the closest town, gained notoriety in the 19th century due to the massive diamond finds made by prospectors in the area. Find a tour guide to take you on a walk to Paty Valley or any of the other places if you wish to spend a few days in one of the most beautiful national parks in Brazil.

1. Iguacu National Park

A vast park, Iguaçu National Park is split between Brazil and Argentina’s Parana state. Iguaçu Falls, one of the greatest and most spectacular waterfalls in the world, is located on the boundary between the two nations.

Take a helicopter trip above the park for an unforgettable view of the falls. Parque das Aves, a huge zoo with a variety of animals, is located just adjacent to the park. The Itaipu Dam, which generates electricity for Brazil and Paraguay, is located in this national park.

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