When you think of Rio de Janeiro, lots of exciting and intriguing images come to mind, but a forest? The Tijuca Forest is a Brazilian national park located in the city of Rio, and considered the largest urban forest in the world. It covers over 12 square miles, and contains plenty of interesting attractions to discover.
Every major city has suburbs, but not many of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. But three miles north of the bustling city of Recife, on Brazil’s northeast coast, the small town of Olinda is exactly that.What makes Olinda so special is much more than its historic significance, it’s also the small town’s unique charm. But first, the history.
Given that there are more Catholics in Brazil than in any other country in the world–almost two-thirds of Brazilians are Catholic–it should come as no surprise that the country is home to a massive number of gorgeous, inspiring cathedrals. And while the city of Rio de Janeiro is home to spectacular beaches and mountains, Rio also boasts its fair share of cathedrals worth a visit.