When you think of Brazil, there’s always a few milestones that come to your mind: the crazy Carnival, the sandy beach of Copacabana, the samba dancers and the incredible Christ the Redeemer statue.

This multifaceted and fascinating country offers much more than that, though. That’s why we want to present you 5 unusual experiences that you absolutely can’t miss when you travel to Brazil!

Change the world with Casa Turquesa in Paraty

Nested in the historic center of this cute colonial town, Casa Turquesa is a gem which combines luxury, authenticity and strong ethics.

While enjoying one of the exquisite suites and the memorable hospitality, relaxing at the pool or chilling in the library, you will also be able to support social projects. You can provide sport activities to kids from low-income families, help take care of abandoned and sick animals or sustain the environmental conservation of an area that hosts wild jaguars. In other words, when you travel to Brazil you will contribute to making the world a better place!

Explore Gruta do Lago Azul

This hidden jewel of Brazil was discovered in 1924, after a long time of invisibility. As its name states, Gruta do Lago Azul – or Blue Lake Grotto – is a cave filled with unbelievably clear blue water that makes it look like a shimmery pool whenever the sun shines through a hole in the ceiling.

The most extraordinary characteristic of this cave is not its color, though: it’s the fact that its bottom is covered in thousands of prehistoric mammal bones from Pleistocene era! You can’t miss it when you travel to Brazil…

Observe a giant glowing termite nest

Who would have thought that termites could be an attraction? When you travel to Brazil you can also stumble upon this kind of surprise!

In Emas National Park, home of amazing wildlife, you can see this curious phenomenon: impressive towers (7 meters high!) built by termites and inhabited by various insects such as headlight beetles. At night time they glow, offering an astonishing light show: an experience not to be missed!

Peek into a ghost submerged town

Actually, what you’ll see is not the whole submerged town but the top of the church of Old Petrolandia. When the water level drops, the dramatic vaults of this building appear in all their mysterious aura. Beneath the water there’s till the whole ghost town, abandoned and flooded to make way for the construction of a new hydroelectric dam.

Not so poetic maybe, but a unique thing to see during your travel to Brazil.

Sleep in the jungle at Juma Lodge

Why should you travel to Brazil and not sleep in the Amazon Rainforest, if you could? At Juma Amazon Lodge, your accommodation will be a private bungalow built on a stilt – so that you can stay there even when it’s all flooded due to the rainy season.

Whether you choose the ones overlooking the forest or the lake, you will have total privacy since your room will be completely surrounded by the crowns of the trees!

As you can see, you have plenty of options for unusual experiences to undertake when you travel to Brazil… and if you want, we’d be happy to help you plan your unforgettable vacation there!