James Morris - Jul 3, 2017
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White-sand beaches, exotic islands, cities filled with music and soccer fans, charming colonial towns as well as imposing waterfalls, wetlands filled with wildlife, and the untouched wilderness of the Amazon rainforest – these are only a few of the attractions Brazil has to offer. presents one of the most cherished treasures of the residents – the 10 best of the mesmerizing waterfalls in Brazil.

Salto São Francisco Waterfall

Prudentópolis (Paraná)

Salto São Francisco waterfall is the highest in the region of Prudentópolis, in the state of Paraná. There’s a viewpoint terrace from where one can have a look at this stunning 196-meter waterfall. 

Salto do Rio Preto Waterfall

Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park (Goiás)

In order to get to know Salto do Rio Preto (120 meters), one of the attractions of the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, in Goiás, one has to take a walk, as the trail to reach the waterfall is 5 kilometers long. While there, enjoy the opportunity to be acquainted with Cachoeira do Garimpão (80 meters), another waterfall located exactly on the same trail, with several wells where visitors can take a bath.

Véu da Noiva Waterfall

Chapada dos Guimarães National Park (Mato Grosso)

This is one of the highlights of the state of Mato Grosso and one of the most fascinating waterfalls in Brazil – a waterfall located in the Chapada dos Guimarães National Park. Véu da Noiva waterfall (86 meters) is a tiny strand of Coxipó River, one that flows through a sandstone wall, forming a huge pond in the process. You can enjoy it from a viewpoint terrace, located 550 meters away from the park’s parking lot. 

The Iguazu Falls

Iguazú National Park

The Iguazu Falls are among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and they are one of the country’s most renowned treasures. With 275 falls, they are regarded as having the largest volume of water in the world. The Brazilian side, located in Foz do Iguaçu, in the state of Paraná, provides everyone with a beautiful view, whilst the Argentinian side leaves a strong impression, given its strength and proximity to the Devil’s Throat.

Santo Izidro Waterfall

São José do Barreiro (São Paulo)

A 1.5-kilometer trail leads to Cachoeira Santo Izidro, the closest to the entrance of Serra da Bocaina National Park. If you have the proper courage, extend your trip to Cachoeira do Veado waterfall, a mandatory stop for anyone who faces the 53 kilometers of Trilha do Ouro (The Gold Trail). The waterfall is found half way along the route between São José do Barreiro, in São Paulo, and Paraty, in Rio de Janeiro. It is also an excellent point to camp overnight. 

Salto Yucumã Waterfall

Derrubadas (Rio Grande do Sul)

Derrubadas, a tiny town in Rio Grande do Sul, is where we can find a waterfall whose greatest asset is its length and not its height (15 meters). With 1800 meters, Salto Yucumã is the world’s largest longitudinal waterfall. 

Tabuleiro Waterfall

Conceição do Mato Dentro

Cachoeira do Tabuleiro, located in Conceição do Mato Dentro, in the state of Minas Gerais, is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Brazil. The water weaves through 273 meters until it reaches a spray-like pond. The trails that lead up to it pose a difficult challenge and it is therefore advisable to hire a guide before taking this route. 

Caracol Falls

Caracol Park in Canela

Cascata do Caracol (131 meters), located in Caracol Park, in the town of Canela, is the most famous waterfall in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. Its viewpoint terrace and panoramic elevator are indeed excellent for taking pictures, but the visitor has to face a 750-step staircase to see the waterfall up close.

Boca da Onça Waterfall

Bonito (Mato Grosso do Sul)

With 157 meters, Boca da Onça waterfall, located in Bonito, is the highest waterfall in the whole state of Mato Grosso do Sul. A 4 km trail is used as its access route, which encompasses a total of 10 waterfalls (only 3 of these are actually good for a bath).

Smoke Falls

Chapada Diamantina

One of the most popular attractions in Chapada Diamantina, in the state of Bahia, is Cachoeira da Fumaça (380 meters). This is a thin water curtain that falls through a hole in the wall, “dancing” as much as the wind wants it to, until it finally reaches the ground, then becoming a paper-thin drizzle. 

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