19 Places in Brazil That Are Just Begging to Be Instagrammed

Take a tour of Brazil beyond the Olympic Stadium.

All eyes will be on Rio de Janeiro over the next few weeks as the 2016 Olympic Games get started. But if you're one of the lucky few attending the Games in person, don't forget there is so much more to see beyond the Olympic Stadium.

From iconic natural wonders like Iguazu Falls to brand-new museums designed by renowned architects, these are the places you must visit while you're in Brazil.

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Museu do Amanhã, Rio de Janeiro

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava designed the Museu do Amanhã (a.k.a. Museum of Tomorrow) as part of Rio de Janeiro's efforts to modernize its harbor in time for the 2016 Olympic Games. It's worth a visit just to see the trippy design of the building, but take the time to go inside. You've never seen a museum like this—trust.

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Paraty, Costa Verde

Located halfway between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo on the lush Costa Verde, the small coastal town of Paraty is known for its beautiful colonial center. The cobblestone streets are closed to car traffic, making it an idyllic getaway from Brazil's big cities.

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Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro

Once a private estate, this public park in Rio's Jardim Botânico neighborhood is a beautiful spot to spend a quiet afternoon after a long lunch at Olympe, a Michelin-starred restaurant just down the street.

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Iguazu Falls

Straddling the border between Brazil and Argentina, Iguazu Falls are the world's largest system of waterfalls. While a majority of the falls are located within Argentina, you'll get the best views from the Brazilian side.

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Ibirapuera Auditorium, São Paulo

Though this music hall is a fairly new addition to São Paulo's Ibirapuera Park, renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer actually drew up the designs for it in 1954, making its ultra-modern design even more impressive.

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Hotel Unique, São Paulo

It's easy to mistake the futuristic work of Ruy Ohtake for Oscar Niemeyer's (he considers him a mentor after all), but São Paulo's modernist Hotel Unique is one of Ohtake's best designs. This hotel is definitely worth checking into—the curved walls of the suites and bright red rooftop pool are just as insta-worthy as the half moon-shaped facade.

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Unique Garden Hotel & Spa, Mairiporã

Ruy Ohtake also designed several of the midcentury-inspired villas at Hotel Unique's sister property located on 18 gorgeous acres in the countryside outside of São Paulo.

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Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro

No trip to Rio is really complete without visiting the 98-foot-tall statue of Jesus located on Rio's Corcovado Mountain. For truly unique views, schedule a helicopter tour.

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Pelourinho, Salvador de Bahia​​

Pelourinho is Salvador de Bahia's historic center and is home to some of the prettiest pastel-hued colonial architecture in Brazil.

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Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro

For the best panoramic view of Rio, take the cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain which looms nearly 1,300 feet above the city.

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