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Scaling Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer statue — one of the New Seven Wonders of the World — is among the many “wow” moments that await on a cruise to Brazil with Holland America Line. Soccer fans cruising into Sao Paulo can visit the Pele Museum in Santos, while Recife (the “Venice of Brazil”) leads to colonial Olinda, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can track alligators at night, go piranha fishing, and discover other jungly secrets on an Amazon cruise that calls in Manaus and Santarem.

An aerial view of a port in Manaus, Brazil while on a South America cruise

Manaus, Brazil

If ever a city were a model for boom and bust, it would be Manaus. Like in America’s Old West, great fortunes were amassed in no time here and vanished just as quickly during the late-19th-century boom years of rubber production.
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Maceio, Brazil

Maceió comes as a surprise to first-time visitors. Alagoas, the state it's in, is traditionally cowboy country: dusty and dry. But Maceió is on a stretch of coastline marked by fine beaches, lagoons, reefs and vast mangrove swamps with manatee reserves, all of which are just beginning to be
High view of Olinda and Se Cathedral, Brazil
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Recife, Brazil

Customs, cuisine and music in this northeastern city are so different from Rio and São Paulo that you might as well be in another country. Recife is one of Brazil's largest metro areas, with distinct neighborhoods, including an old colonial core with buildings in various states of
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Vitoria, Brazil

Located some 500 kilometers (300 miles) north of Rio de Janeiro, on Brazil's Atlantic coast, Vitória is one of the country's oldest cities, dating from 1550. Vitória , the capital of the state of Espírito Santo—and boasting a population of more than 1.8 million—is Brazil's fourth-largest city. The metropolitan area is

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