Rio de Janeiro is one of the most beautiful major cities in the world and famous for its natural harbor, beaches, samba, carnival, girls, football madness, statue of Christ as well as poverty and criminality. Rio is one of the largest cities in South-America and a highlight in any itinerary. Note that Rio will be extremely crowded when the annual carnival is on (February).
The Pantanal is the largest tropical wetland in the world. A hige number of different animals species can be seen easily, for example like capibara, giant ant eater, tapir, river otter and cayman.
Salvador de Bahia, founded in 1549 by the Portuguese, is the oldest colonial city in the Americas. The city´s cathedral is a must-see and its Carnival celebration has been reckoned as the largest party in the world.
Belém is the gateway to the River Amazon with a busy port, airport, and bus/coach station. Belém lies approximately 100 km upriver from the Atlantic Ocean, on the Pará River, which is part of the greater Amazon River system, separated from the larger part of the Amazon delta by Marajo Island.
The mighty Iguazu falls in the jungle are one of the natural world wonders. They are definitely worth visiting if you are in the area (less than 1000kms away!). You need to spend at least 1 day on the Brasilean and 1 day on the Argentinean side.
Brasília is the capital of Brazil and Brazil's third-most populous city (after Sao Paulo and Rio). It was completely designed and built in the 2nd half of the 20th century.
Manaus is a major city in the heart of the Amazon rainforest and at the Amazon river. Don't expect undiscovered indigenous people, but business, because more than 1 million people live here.
Sao Paulo is one of largest cities in the world. The city is the capital of the state of São Paulo, Brazil´s most populous and wealthiest state. It has strong regional influence in commerce, finance, arts and entertainment and a strong international influence.