6 Best UNESCO World Heritage Sites In Brazil

This article will throw some light on the UNESCO World heritage sites in Brazil.

Heritage is a treasure from past, what we live today and pass on to our future generation. UNESCO is an organisation which aims to promote, protect and preserve the cultural and historical heritage treasures. Brazil is one of the beautiful countries with several natural and historical sites which are considered world’s legacy by UNESCO. You will be able to experience the rich culture and historical wealth of past while visiting World heritage sites in Brazil.

We have decided to share some information about top 6 UNESCO world heritage sites in Brazil.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites In Brazil

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Ouro Preto

The historic city of Ouro Preto plays an important role in Brazil’s history. During 17th and 18th centuries, gold mining was one of the major industries of old Brazil. The town became richer with gold export and soon boasted exquisite architectural building and Baroque style churches that showed off the magnanimity of the city’s proprietors. In 1980, UNESCO named this town as a heritage site.

Rio de Janeiro

Considered as “the Marvelous City”, Rio de Janeiro features prominent beaches, rolling hill of the Tijuca National Park enfolded in Atlantic Rainforest verdure and well-defined carioca culture and lifestyle. Known for the artistic inspiration, Rio de Janeiro embraces many samba musicians, dancers, and artists who bestow to the city’s appeal. One of the best cities to visit in Brazil entered the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2012.

Iguaçu National Park

The Iguaçu National Park has one of the most impressive and massive waterfalls in the world. Iguaçu Waterfalls expand 2700 meters across, and trait over 275 discrete falls that rumble into the Iguaçu River. The clouds of water splash produced by the waterfall are propitious to the growth of lush vegetation. The waterfalls are so forceful, that the adjacent Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam is able to produce sufficient electrical power for a portion of Brazil and Paraguay. This park became a part of UNESCO world heritage site in 1986.


The capital of Brazil’s north-eastern state Bahia, Salvador is famous for Afro-Brazilian culture, Portuguese colonial architecture and tropical climate. The city has managed to preserve classical art, architecture, literature and learning that originated in Italy and Europe during the 14th century. Home to the world-famous composers Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso, this city has been the birthplace of many music genres including axé, tropicalismo, samba and bossa nova. Salvador is a member of UNESCO since 2015.

Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon Rainforest is the largest preserved area in the Amazon, over 15 million acres. The reserve is made to protect almost thousands of the wildlife species. It is also one of the richest areas in the world in terms of plants and animals. This area preserves many wild animals under the threat of extinction, which includes the Amazonian manatee, the arapaima fish, black caimans, river dolphins and the jaguar. Amazon rainforest was added to the list in the year of 2000.


Brasilia was a landmark in the history of town planning. Architect Oscar Niemeyer and Urban planner Lucio Costa took every possible step from layout to the residential and administrative districts in the shape of a bird to the symmetry of the buildings, so that every element should be in harmony with the city’s overall design. All the buildings are different and innovative in a unique style. Brasilia joined the bandwagon of UNESCO in 1987.

If you are planning a trip to Brazil, you must visit above listed top UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Brazil.

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Sai Karthik Reddy Mekala

After completing his M.B.A in 2012, Sai the wizard beyond the blog, Absolute Vagabond was never interested to find a day job at the desk but instead set out to explore the world. 5 years later Sai has become one of the top travel bloggers in India and inspired many Indians to get away from desk jobs and become a digital nomad.

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