When researching where to stay in Rio de Janeiro, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. For starters there’s downtown, the hip Santa Teresa area, the Botofago neighbourhood, and the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. So I postponed my decision on where to spend my last few days until after I arrived, assuming I’d figure out the best spot later.
Brazil, the home of samba, caipirinhas and beautiful people. As a couple destination, Brazil, has many options to keep the adventurous couple, foodie couple, beachy couple, and city couple amused. To prove my point are a handful of places couples should visit while (in one of my favourite countries), in Brazil. Still don’t believe me? Check out these things to do in Brazil!
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Cumbuco, North Brazil – Travel Tom Tom
I bet hardly anyone has ever heard about the sleepy little town of Cumbuco in the North of Brazil just 20km outside of Fortaleza. Though this amazingly laid-back beach town is a very popular place to go in the kitesurfing world. With excellent wind conditions, all year round the worlds best kiters turned Cumbuco into a vibrant surf hub.
Cumbuco is perched between the massive sand dunes and the ocean and has the ultimate beach feeling. The sandy roads are almost traffic free, although every now and then a couple sand buggies may pass. There are a handful cute little restaurants and beach bars to be found that have summer vibes all over it. The uncomplicated lifestyle of Cumbuco makes a perfect destination for beach lovers and travelers in search of a surf scene in Brazil. On top of that Cumbuco also offers overnight buggy trips into the desert with stargazing, camping and bonfires. Perfect for those looking for a romantic spot in Brazil.
Written by the world traveler, Tom
Iquazu Falls – Adventure Travel Family
Couples wanting to experience nature at its most powerful should head to Iguazu Falls on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Parana. Legend states that ones of the gods of nature planned to marry a beautiful woman ‘Naipi’, who shunned him in favour of a mortal. In his anger the god split the river and created the waterfall, which was first recorded in 1541 by a Spanish explorer.
There are bus and taxi services from the nearest Brazilian and Argentine airports to Iquazu Falls which lay in a UNESCO designated national park. Visitors can stroll along a walkway along the canyon, take a romantic helicopter ride for a birds-eye view of the waterfall (great place to propose!) or view the scenery from an open-top bus. There is plenty of wildlife to spot such as colourful butterflies, toucans, monkeys and on rare occasions even Jaguar! For a really indulgent romantic break, book a nearby hotel such as the luxury Sheraton Resort & Spa.
Written by Hannah @ Adventure Travel Family
Mercado Adolpho Lisboa (Mercado Municipal), Manaus – Bucket List Travel Club
Visiting the Mercado Adolpho Lisboa in Manaus was the first thing my wife and I did on our trip to Brazil. The market is huge but is divided up into specific areas so it’s not at all confusing. The building itself was constructed between 1880 and 1883 and is quite impressive for those who are interested in architecture. It’s also located right on the river so you can watch the boats come in and go out loaded with everything from fish to bananas.
You can grab an inexpensive meal from one of the many local food vendors or try some refreshing coconut water straight from the coconut shell. The original building is where you can find endless souvenirs and knickknacks. This area is fairly touristy. The newer building houses the food market and is where you can find tons of local fruit varieties as well as dozens of fish species you’ve likely never seen before.The best time to go is early morning, but it does tend to get very crowded. So be patient, wear a smile and enjoy this little snippet from the culture of Brazil, perfect for couples.
Written by, Greg Todd, a full-time traveler who explores the world with his wife and their Yorkshire Terrier, Winston. You can read about his adventures at the Bucket List Travel Club.
Amazon River Cruise, Rio Negro – Global Peace Kitchen
A great way for couples to experience the Brazilian Amazon is to go on a river cruise. My husband and I chose an 8-day cruise on the motor yacht, Tucano. The Tucano only has nine passenger cabins so our trip down the Rio Negro, the largest tributary of the Amazon, was very intimate and laid back. On our voyage, there were two local guides, two cooks and two other crew members who navigated and performed various other jobs as needed.
The basic itinerary for each day included two daylight river explorations in a motorized canoe, one rainforest hike and then another river expedition after dark. It was a dream cruise for wildlife lovers as we saw toucans, macaws, caiman, boa constrictors, three-toed sloths, red-rumped agouti, and literally dozens of other species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.
Perhaps my favorite activity was fishing for piranha because we not only caught them, our cooks later prepared them for our dinner. In fact, that trip was a veritable smorgasbord for types of fruit and fish I had never eaten before. One of the most flavorful was the tambaqui, a fruit-eating fish that tasted clean and sweet, just like the fruits it eats.
Written by Cherri Megasko is a world traveler and adventurous eater. She searches the globe for interesting eats, and has tasted everything from balut (fertilized duck eggs) in Vietnam to live suri grubs in Peru. You can check out other exotic dishes at Global Peace Kitchen.
Rio de Janiero – Honeymoon Always
A wonderful place for a couple’s trip to Brazil is a vibrant city with a vast array of things to do, Rio de Janiero. Enjoy your time relaxing on the beach. You can go to one of the more well-known beaches like Ipanema or Copacabana or take a trip about 2 1/2 hours away to Angra dos Reis for amazing clear water beaches.
Another amazing thing to do is to see the city from above. Every time I have been to Rio de Janiero, I go to the Christ statue in the daylight and Pão de Açúcar (sugar loaf) at night. Enjoy a romantic evening by watching the sunset from Pão de Açúcar and seeing the city with lights winding through the hills like a flowing river.
Beyond the beaches and views, there are plenty of other things to do in the city and cites to see. You can tour the Maracana stadium, visit the cathedral and get to know one of the neighborhoods like the historic center, Lapa. There you will find great food, nightlife and can see the former aqueduct, Arcos da Lapa.
Written by Dan Bagby @ Honeymoon Always
São Paulo – The Foodie Miles
São Paulo is not a city that you fall in love with at the first sight. Not even second or third, I would say. In comparison to sunny Rio de Janeiro with its beaches, mountains, and atmosphere of never-ending summer happiness, São Paulo strikes you as grey, busy, and business-oriented. It takes some time to understand the city and start to truly enjoy it. If you are exploring São Paulo with your loved one, start your every day by having traditional Brazilian breakfast of pão de queijo com café (cheese puffs and coffee) at one of the many padarias (bakeries) that you’ll find on every corner. There’s no such thing as too many cheese puffs!
During the day, enjoy the greenery of Ibirapuera Park that provides respite from the concrete jungle that is São Paulo. Visit one of the art museums like Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo or Museu de Arte de São Paulo. Paulista Avenue is the place to shop till you drop at the most luxurious boutiques and to have a meal at one of the fine dining restaurants. Of course, a visit to São Paulo wouldn’t be complete without catching a game at the Corinthians Arena, the home of Corinthians Paulista, city’s favorite football club. But one of the best things to do as a couple, in my mind, is going out at night to dance forró, traditional Brazilian dance. Some of the clubs offer forró classes followed by hours of social dancing.
Whatever you choose to do, give São Paulo a chance to impress you. “Don’t judge a book by the cover” applies perfectly to this city.
Written by Yulia @ The Foodie Miles
So there you have it! Couples can enjoy Brazil just like ourselves and other travellers have above. However, have we missed anywhere? Do you know of a place in Brazil that is perfect for couples? If you do please comment below and tell us all about it. I seriously love Brazil and cannot wait to get back and explore it more so the more ideas the merrier.
I spent one year living and working in Brazil. During this time, I travelled all over Brazil but ended up being drawn to Florianópolis and living there for three months. …