These Brazilian Sites Will Make You Forget About World Cup Controversies

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The media has been in a frenzy over Brazil’s anti-World Cup demonstrators and the event’s multiple controversies, which have made some travelers wonder, “Is my trip to Brazil really worth it?”

The answer is a simple, “Yes.” Whether or not you’re flying to Brazil to watch your favorite soccer teams play in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a trip to the world’s fifth largest country is certainly worth it — if not for the country’s diverse cultural heritage, historic towns and its elaborate celebrations, then for the 2,000 beaches and 1,000 tropical islands that make Brazil a world-renowned vacation destination

Fernando de Noronha

The Fernando de Noronha archipelago lies roughly 354-kilometers off the coast of Brazil, and its unforgettable scenery and pristine waters make it a favorite destination among sightseers, divers, snorkelers and beach enthusiasts alike.

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The Amazon River

The Amazon River is one of Brazil’s most popular and simply awe-inspiring attractions. The Amazon measures 6,400-kilometers in length, making it the world’s second longest river next to the Nile. Half of the world’s remaining rainforests lie on the Amazon Basin, and nearly one-tenth of the Earth’s 10-million living species are said to live right there in the Amazon Rainforest.

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Salvador da Bahia

Salvador da Bahia — a historic city that once served as the capital of Portugal’s New World —  has been picked as one of the 2014 FIFA World Cup’s host cities, but the huge influx of visitors won’t be able to damage the city’s incredible 17th and 18th century architecture meshed with the strong heritage and vibrant culture of the city’s African slave descendants. And whatever you do, don’t forget to visit Salvador’s tropical coastline.

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Historic Ouro Preto

Ouro Preto was the richest town in South America during the 18th century gold and silver boom. The historic city now has a much different feel with the focus turned from silver and gold to arts and education. Ouro Preto serves as a picturesque display of Brazilian mountain art, architecture and culture that entices tourists from around the world.

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The Statue of Christ the Redeemer

If you’ve seen a photo of Rio de Janeiro, you’ve probably seen the Christ the Redeemer statue towering over the city. This world-famous statue of Jesus Christ, which stands at a massive 39.6-meters tall, was strategically placed at the peak of Mount Corcovado, so it could be seen from anywhere in the city.

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Jericoacoara (A.K.A. “Jeri”)

The combination of massive sand dunes, postcard-worthy scenery, affordable accommodations and a happening nightlife scene make this tough-to-find beach a favorite among tourists visiting Brazil. When you make it through the sand to “Jeri,” don’t miss one of this beach village’s unforgettable sunsets from atop the Pôr do Sol dune.

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Iguazu Falls

The world-famous Iguazu Falls (also known as Foz do Iguaçu and Iguacu Falls) feature 275 jaw-dropping waterfalls along the Iguazu River on the Brazil-Argentina border. When you visit from the Brazilian side, you can admire the Iguazu Falls’ most famed feature — the U-shaped group of falls called the Devil’s Throat — from an incredible walkway along the canyon.

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About the Author: Courtney McCaffrey

Courtney McCaffrey is a freelance writer and editor based in Wilmington, N.C. In addition to writing, she lives for travel - seeing new places, learning new cultures and surfing new waves.

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