Brazil is a unique country all on its own, there are huge metropolises filled with people and sprawling buildings, and with that exist swathes of lands covered with forests and different landscapes, different formations of rocks, mountains and ecosystems. Brazil has 69 designated National Parks, though not all of them are open to the public still they attract nature enthusiasts in large numbers.
10 Best Brazil National Parks
Take a look at the 10 most beautiful national parks of Brazil that you can visit and have a time of your life with your friends and loved ones.
1. Iguaçu National Park
Believed to be the most visited national park of Brazil, situated on the border between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, this national park is of huge importance to the biodiversity of the region. Home to Iguaçu falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the world, this natural wonder offers stunning views through helicopter rides and guided tours. You can also visit the Bird Park situated there.
Location: Ruta, N3370 Puerto Iguazú, Misiones, Argentina
2. Lencois Maranhenses National Park
Situated in Northeastern Province of Maranhao, this is one of the most striking national parks in Brazil. Stretching miles and miles without vegetation but only rolling sand dunes with white sand. The best time to visit this national park is from July to September when the valleys between the sand dunes are filled with rainwater. All the tours in the park are conducted in 4×4 or horsebacks.
Location: Barreirinhas – State of Maranhão, 65590-000, Brazil
3. Chapada Diamantina
Located in the Northeastern Brazilian Province of Bahia, this national park is famous for its unusual rock formations, mountains, caves, and waterfalls. The most interesting places in the park include the Cachoeira da Fumaça waterfalls, which also the highest waterfalls in Brazil. Some other highlights of the natural reserve are the incredibly blue waters of Poço Encantado and Poço Azul. There are many guided helicopter and trekking tours organized in the park, do go to the one which takes you to Patey Valley.
Location: Av Barão do Rio Branco, 80 – Centro, Palmeiras – BA, Brazil
4. Serra Dos Orgaos National Park
Just outside the boundaries of the city of Rio De Janeiro, the Serra Dos Orgaos national park. The national park has over 10 peaks of 2000 meters in height within its boundaries. A perfect place for hikers and mountaineers, this national park has some of the most stunning views one can find. Going hiking in this forest is a challenge that every mountaineer would be ready to take any day.
Location: Avenida Rotariana, Teresópolis, Province of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
5. Itatiaia National Park
Itatiaia National Park is amongst one of the oldest national parks in Brazil. Situated in the Mantiqueira mountain ranges of southeastern Brazil, it is home to some of the highest mountains in Brazil such as Prateleiras and Agulhas Negras. The best time to visit the park is from May to the end of August because the views are magnificent in the dry season and around 350 species of birds grace the park during the same time.
Location: Itatiaia, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
6. Fernando De Noronha Marine National Park
Fernando De Noronha is considered amongst one of the most beautiful national parks in all of Brazil. Consisting of 6 Archipelago Island and some of the mind-boggling Brazilian beaches, the national park is like a paradise. The downside is that only 450 visitors are allowed per day in order to conserve the beauty, biodiversity, and nature of the place. Do come for a visit to this amazing wonderland and give yourself a chance to swim beside fishes, morays, turtles and numerous other beautiful marine animals.
Location: State of Pernambuco, 53990-000, Brazil
7. Jericoacoara National Park
Located in the province of Ceará, the Jericoacoara National Park is home to many distinct landscapes such as lakes, swamps, ponds, and even sand dunes. Home to the renowned Pedra Furada, this natural wonder gives its visitors the pleasure of riding a 4×4 on the sand dunes as well as the luxury of relaxing on a hammock by the lake. Famous for great spots for watersports such as windsurfing, surfing, sailing, and sandboarding, this place is a must visit for all the water sports enthusiasts.
Location: Jijoca de Jericoacoara – State of Ceará, 62595-000, Brazil
Contact: +55 85996428133
8. Jau National Park
Jau National park is considered to be one of the richest biodiversity reserves in the world. Located in the Amazons of Northwestern Brazil, and graced with over 400 species of plants and 250 species of fishes and the biggest forest area in all of South America, Jau National Park is no less than a haven for nature lovers.
Location: Rua Antenor Carlos Frederico, 69 – Nossa Senhora Auxiliadora, Novo Airão – AM, 69730-000, Brazil
9. Pantanal Matogrossense National Park
With over 450 species of Birds, 1100 species of butterflies, 124 species of mammals, 263 species of fishes and the largest contiguous wetland area within its confines, the Pantanal Matogrossense National Park is a dream come true for any nature enthusiast. Situated in the southern province of Mato Grosso on the basin of river Cuiaba this national park is just like a goldmine because to access the actual treasure that it possesses you to have to travel deep into an uninhabited territory, spending days only in commute time.
Location: Poconé , Mato Grosso, Brazil
10. Chapada Dos Veadeiros National Park
A designated UNESCO world heritage site, Chapada Dos Veadeiros is located just about 150 miles from the capital Brasilia. Famous for its rock formations, waterfalls and trekking trails this national park is like a small world within this world. There are two trekking trails in the park, whoever wishes to travel to the park must see them see the full extent of the diversity of this reserve.
Location: Rodovia GO 239, Km 36 – Vila de São Jorge, Alto Paraíso de Goiás – GO, 73770-000, Brazil
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While these national parks form a great source of income by pushing tourism to another level, these natural treasures remain at the core of Brazil. Book your holiday to Brazil and make sure you get to explore all these places on your next international holiday with your loved ones!