Off The Map: Brazil’s 5 Best Kept Secrets

Best kept secrets in Brazil for any world traveler. Hidden gems you won't want to miss and will want to make sure to add to your bucket list.

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When people think of Brazil, they immediately think of the Amazon Rainforest, Rio de Janeiro, or São Paulo. But Brazil is massive! With 60% Amazon and 26 states, this place has tons to offer to any world traveler. Many places are a little more native and a little less, touristy.

When planning a trip to the biggest country in South America, make sure to visit these lesser known states. They’ll give you gorgeous views and rich culture without the congestion of tourism:


A truly hidden gem, this waterfall is located in the outskirts of the city of Riozinho. Tucked away as it may be, getting there is a rewarding experience, and any visitor can immediately tell it’s well worth the trip. A gorgeous route leads the way and invites you to come back again and again.

Picada Cafe

This is a small village comprised of about 5 thousand inhabitants, and it’s 40 minutes away from where I live. It’s known for its waterfalls, rivers, lookouts, and landscapes. I often explore this region and find a new photo each time.

Cambará do Sul

Without a shadow of a doubt, Cambará do Sul is one of the most stunning places in the country. Surrounded by large canyons and dense vegetation, its visitors will find absolutely gorgeous trails. It’s also a nice place for couples to rest for a few days in a quieter and more romantic setting.

Bento Gonçalves

Bento Gonçalves is located in the mountains of Rio Grande do Sul, and it’s known for its wineries and striking prairies. The local gastronomy is particularly special, since most of the inhabitants have descended from Italians, granting the city a wider cultural span.

Arroio do Sal

Arroio do Sal is a small beach in Rio Grande do Sul. The best thing to do over there is to wake up early, go to the shore, and watch the sunrise. The tide usually rises at night and creates reflecting pools, which makes it even more photogenic.

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