Brazilians just love foreigners and they will be happy to show you around. There are many different places to visit, it depends on what you want to do and see (great website http://www.biosferabrasil.com/destino.php?idioma=i). Some information to help you decide:
- Sao Paulo (http://www.sao-paulo.world-guides.com/ and http://www.cidadedesaopaulo.com/sp/en)
- Rio de Janeiro (http://www.riodejaneiro.com/): One of my favorite cities! (about 5 hours from Sao Paulo by bus – 1 hour by plane - cheap flights every hour).
- Brasilia, the capital (http://www.aboutbrasilia.com/): there isn’t much to do there (about 3 hours from Sao Paulo by plane).
- Itacaré (http://www.itacare.com/): where I want to live when I get old! This beach is in the Northeast, a little far from Rio or Sao Paulo… but if you want to hang out on the beach for a week this is a great place to go and there are lots of foreigners there.
- Joanopolis: this is where my younger sister lives with her husband (http://www.adriana.tabacniks.nom.br) - nothing much to do other than that J…. (180 miles from Sao Paulo, buses twice a day).
And there are lots of other places… National flights are quite cheap, buses are excellent (and cheap too), there are no trains, and you can also drive around the country by car…
- Ilha Grande (http://www.ilhagrande.com.ar/): island next to Rio: camping, trekking, biking, scuba diving…
- Parati (http://www.paraty.tur.br/indexen.php): historical beach in the state of Rio.
- Pantanal (http://www.amazonadventures.com/pantanal.htm): the world’s biggest wetland area (I think it is a 5 hour flight from Sao Paulo).
- Lençois Maranhenses (http://www.biosferabrasil.com/meu_destino.php?cod_destino=12&idioma=i): a desert of clear and fine sand filled by oasis with lagoons of blue and crystalline waters – never been there, but my sister loves it!