4 Off-The-Beaten-Path Gems in Brazil

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When most people think of Brazil they think of the Rio Carnival, Copacabana Beach, the Amazon Rainforest and not much else.

Despite it’s vast size (it’s the 5th biggest country in the world), Brazil has many hidden treasures that most people will never see (or even hear about).

Karin-Marijke Vis of MatadorNetwork.com hopes to provide “A tour of overlooked natural and cultural sites in the Sertão, an arid backcountry region of northeastern Brazil”.

Of these are:

  • Lajedo do Pai Mateus, Paraíba
  • Dinosaur Valley, Paraíba
  • Serra da Capivara National Park, Piauí
  • Jalapão State Park, Tocantins

So what’s so great about these places?

Lajedo do Pai Mateus is a place of tremendous natural beauty, where “dozens of smoothly polished granite boulders lie scattered over a bowl-shaped elevation above an artificial lake, as if the gods have sprinkled peppercorns over the landscape”.


Dinosaur Valley is a place often credited with being the best place in the world to see genuine dinosaur footprints.

The Serra da Capivara National Park “contains some 800 prehistoric rock carvings and more than 30,000 generally well-preserved paintings, claimed to be the largest concentration in the world”.

Finally, the Jalapão State Park is great for outdoor enthusiast who like to hike, mountain bike and drive off-road. It
contains “Sahara-style dunes, dive in waterfalls and bathe in springs surrounded by Buriti palms” that make it perfect for such outdoor activities.

To read the full article, and to get an insight into these exciting places, click here.

Photo credit: Coen Wubbels.

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