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    Apr 1, 2014

    17 Stunning Places In Brazil You Need To See Before You Die

    Time to pack your bags and go visit one of the largest countries in the world.

    1. Chapada Diamantina:

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    Where is it: Bahia.

    Why you should go: This area is famous for being the center of the diamond rush in the 19th century (Hence the name: Diamantina makes reference to diamonds). The caves are perfect spots for breathtaking photos.

    2. Fernando de Noronha:

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    Where is it: An archipelago of 21 islands and islets in the Atlantic Ocean.

    Why you should go: Great for snorkeling, scuba diving and enjoying the wildlife. In 2001 UNESCO declared Fernando de Noronha a World Heritage Site.

    3. Corcovado:

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    Where is it: Rio de Janeiro.

    Why you should go: This iconic image of Christ is not only one of the main attractions of this marvelous city, but also a perfect spot for stunningly beautiful photos of the bay. Be ready to deal with hordes of tourists competing for the best selfie pose.

    4. Jericoacoara:

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    Where is it: Ceará

    Why you should go: If you're tired of your city's noise this is the perfect place to be. Away from everything, this small fishing village is perfect to relax, sunbathe, and practice some sand-board on the immense dunes it's surrounded by.

    5. Praça dos Três Poderes:

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    Where is it: Brasilia.

    Why you should go: This plaza was designed by legendary architect Oscar Niemeyer and Lucio Costa and the buildings are, obviously, beautiful. The name comes from the presence of the three governmental powers.

    6. Ouro Preto:

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    Where is it: Minas Gerais.

    Why you should go: If you love baroque architecture and stunning churches, this is the place to be.

    7. Chapada dos Veadeiros:

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    Where is it: Goias.

    Why you should go: This national park is estimated to be 1.8 BILLION years old. And all those years have made this place magical and beautiful. Some even say the rocks have healing powers.

    8. Amazon River:

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    Where is it: Being the second longest river in the world, it touches on several different states of the country.

    Why you should go: Endless possibilities! Exploring the rainforest, meeting the indigenous tribes that live along the water, seeing all the fauna and flora. Should I keep going or are you already packing your bags?

    9. Lençóis Maranhenses:

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    Where is it: Maranhão.

    Why you should go: Have you seen the photos above? Need more reasons? OK, the best time to go is between July and September — rain season – where water collects in between the dunes.

    10. Terraço Italia:

    Where is it: São Paulo.

    Why you should go: Breathtaking views of one of the biggest cities in the country. Add a drink to that and you're set for the day.

    11. Chapada dos Guimarães:

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    Where is it: Mato Grosso.

    Why you should go: Waterfalls, wildlife, endless and breathtaking views... Need anything else?

    12. Bonito:

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    Where is it: Mato Grosso do Sul

    Why you should go: Rivers here are some of the clearest in the world, and because of the sediments some are bright blue. The ideal place to hike, swim, paddle, dive, and raft.

    13. Monte Roraima:

    Where is it: Roraima.

    Why you should go: The tabletop mountains are considered some of the oldest geological formations. Great for hiking!

    14. Porto de Galinhas:

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    Where is it: Pernambuco.

    Why you should go: Natural pools and crystalline blue water, do you need anything else to kick back and relax?

    15. Cataratas do Iguaçu:

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    Where is it: Iguaçu.

    Why you should go: These falls are a border to Brazil and Argentina. You can either ride a helicopter above the falls or walk on a walkway toward the 'Devil's throat.'

    16. Inhotim:

    Where is it: Minas Gerais.

    Why you should go: It is an open sky contemporary art museum. Sold?

    17. Pipa:

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    Where is it: Natal

    Why you should go: To get your body sun kissed in amazing beaches with warm water, obviously.

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