If you're a traveler visiting Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, rejoice! Brazil isn't just about soccer. As the 4th largest nation in the world by area, Brazil has plenty to do and see. From colonial cities to UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Amazon to the beaches of the coast, this country packs attractions and enough must-see destinations to satisfy any visitor. Here are the top 10 attractions in Brazil:Christ the Reedemer — Photo courtesy of FelipeGoifman/iStock
Christ the Redeemer
The 48 foot tall statue is perhaps the most iconic symbol of Brazil. Located atop the Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park, it was dubbed one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World" in 2007. The statue, arms spread wide as though to embrace Rio de Janeiro, is a place of pilgrimage and hosts religious ceremonies. But whether you're a believer or not, the way to the top contains stunning views of the city and its surroundings.Sunset over Iguazu — Photo courtesy of SF Brit
Located at the boundary of Argentina and Brazil, this series of waterfalls is considered to be one of the most spectacular in the world. With over 250 individual falls, Iguazu is also one of the widest with the fastest rate of water flow in the world. Walkways and bridges help visitors get up close and personal with this force of nature.Aerial view of the Amazon Rainforest, near Manaus — Photo courtesy of Neil Palmer (CIAT)
Generally considered the second longest river in the world, the river winds its way through the world's largest rainforest. Rainforest and river tours are offered at a variety of different ranges, from high-end leisurely paced luxury tours to more visceral guided survival tours, with activities like piranha fishing and tribal stays.Ipanema Beach — Photo courtesy of jptinoco/iStock
Beaches of Rio
Brazil is famous for its beaches and you can't leave without a visit to Rio de Janeiro. Rio's beaches, the collective hangout spot for the entire city, are immortalized in film and song. The trendy Ipanema Beach, next to the wealthy Ipanema neighborhood, remains clean despite flocks of visitors who rent beach chairs and umbrellas, buying beers for an afternoon in the sun. Copacabana, located close to Sugarloaf Mountain, is a favorite of locals, while Arpoador is where surfers congregate. With a beach for every interest and vibe, you'll be sure to find one that suits you.Hyacinth Macaw — Photo courtesy of Tambako The Jaguar
One of the world's largest tropical wetlands, the Pantanal is home to a wide array of animal species. From capybara and caiman to endangered birds like the Hyacinth Macaw, guided tours in the bogs and rivers will give you the opportunity to experience the South American version of a safari. And with its smaller rainforest cover, areas of the Pantanal are arguably the best places in the world to spot the elusive jaguar in the wild.Teatro Amazonas — Photo courtesy of Daniel Zanini H.
The Amazon Theater (Teatro Amazonas)
The Amazon Theater, built in 1896 at the decadent height of the Manaus rubber industry, is an out-of-place jewel in the Amazon rainforest. With materials shipped from Europe, it hosted famous opera singers and conductors of the day. After a 90-year hiatus it's back in operation, with performances like orchestras, plays, and even film festivals.Lencois Maranhenses — Photo courtesy of Danielle Pereira
This national park in the state of Maranhao is filled with 40 foot tall white sand dunes - but what makes it especially unique is its stunning green and blue freshwater ponds and lagoons.Joaquina Beach, Florianopolis — Photo courtesy of Biju Sukumaran
Beaches of Florianópolis
A beach lover's delight, this Santa Catarina city's 42 beaches exhibit varied conditions, making the island optimal for water sports of all kinds. Kayakers, kite surfers, and sailing enthusiasts are all drawn to the island's pristine beaches. But it particularly draws surfers - several international competitions are held here due to its ideal waves.Blumenau Oktoberfest — Photo courtesy of Vitor Pamplona
Located in Southern Brazil, Blumenau city is home to a sizable German population who arrived in the late 19th century. That culture can be seen in the city's Bavarian architecture and in its annual Oktoberfest - the second largest in the world.Salvador da Bahia — Photo courtesy of M M
Salvador da Bahia Historic Center
A UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the oldest cities in the Americas, Salvadore da Bahia was the first capital of the country from 1549 to 1763, becoming a melting pot for several cultures. These cultural influences can be seen today in the town's martial arts, cuisine, and in the bright, Renaissance-style architecture of its city center.