An Azamara Cruise to Brazil is a Feast for the Senses

As South America’s largest country and the fifth largest country in the world, the land of carnavals and caipirinhas may seem a little daunting when trying to cover so much ground (and water). So, leave the navigating to us: We’ll take you to some of the best Brazil cruise ports and most fascinating destinations on the continent.

The “beautiful island” of Ilhabela features lush mangrove forests, hundreds of waterfalls, and countless species of mammals, reptiles, and birds. With its cobblestone streets, historic landmarks, and colorful buildings, Paraty seems like a step back in time, while vibrant cities like Buzios, Maceio, and Recife are more reminiscent of the French Riviera, with stunning waterfronts, upscale resorts, and buzzing restaurants and bars.

And then there’s Rio, so celebrated that you don’t even have to say “de Janeiro”. Whether you’re joining us here for New Year’s Eve or Rio Carnaval or simply on a Wednesday, we guarantee: It will be the time of your life.

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Rio de Janeiro

  • Founded in 1808, Jardim Botânico is a lush 350-acre park and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, with over 8,000 plant species and wooded trails that lead up Corcovado Mountain to the Christ the Redeemer statue.
  • Created as a symbol to counteract perceived “godlessness” spreading throughout Brazil, the magnificent Christ the Redeemer statue was completed in 1931 and is now one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.
  • No visit to Rio is complete without catching a few rays—and more than a few sights—at its famous beaches, Copacabana and Ipanema. (At least one of them is reportedly “the hottest spot north of Havana”.)

Nature & Wildlife

  • Keep an eye out for native animals like the giant anteater, coati, sloths, armadillos, otters, tapirs, deer, approximately 80 species of monkeys, and the capybara (the world’s largest, and perhaps cutest, rodent).
  • Founded in 1937, Itatiaia National Park is Brazil’s oldest national park. It’s home to the Atlantic Rainforest and some of the country’s highest mountains, the Bridal Veil waterfall, and hundreds of species of birds.
  • The environmentally protected Saco do Mamanguá in Rio State is the only tropical fjord on the coast of Brazil, and features mangrove forests, lush mountains, and more than 30 pristine beaches.

Food & Drink

  • When you’re in Brazil, be sure to order feijoada—a stew of black beans, sausages, and cuts of pork—that’s traditionally served on Wednesdays, Fridays, or the weekends, depending on your location.
  • Try such regional specialties as moqueca (fish stew served in a hot clay pot), pão de queijo (cheese bread), acai fruit, mandioca frita (yucca fries), empadão (baked casserole), and sweets like brigadeiros and quindim.
  • A key ingredient in caipirinhas, cachaça is made from fermented sugarcane juice and often served straight up. Recover the next day with agua de coco (coconut water) or the fizzy energy drink, guarana.

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