Brazil’s national parks hold some of the most spectacular and unique ecosystems and cultures in the world. With all that richness to choose from, starting to plan your trip can be daunting. Here’s our rundown of Brazil’s best national parks.
Iguaçu National Park
This national park is home to one of the world’s most famous waterfalls, which the park is also named after. The Iguaçu Falls are part of the largest waterfall system in the world. Both the Argentine and Brazilian sides are declared as Unesco World Heritage Sites.
Tijuca National Park
Just northwest of Copacabana you will find Tijuca National Park. This beautiful Atlantic rainforest is full of mountains, waterfalls, and caves worth exploring, but most people will recognize it as the home of the iconic Cristo Redentor, whose open arms embrace the city below.
Serra dos Órgãos National Park
Serra dos Órgãos National Park is an expansive reserve defined by a series of uniquely shaped peaks. This is the best park for those who love hiking—you can go on a three-day trek that connects the nearby town of Petrópolis and Teresópolis. The park is only an hour’s drive from Rio de Janeiro, making it a convenient weekend trip destination.