Though Brazil is best-known for beaches, beautiful weather, and spectacular carnivals, some of its most intriguing attractions are ones that have been completed abandoned and left to be forgotten. From an eerie Christmas Wonderland to a forgotten highway, here are some of the most fascinating spots to visit.
It wasn’t just the Portuguese who benefited from the abundance of resources in Brazil, as the man often given the title of creating the first people’s car actually had his own town built in Brazil. In the 1920s, the carmaker and founder of the car company bearing his surname, Henry Ford, claimed an area in Brazil
dense with rubber trees in order to make tyres and other parts for his production lines in the United States. However, after the invention of synthetic rubber, the town and its buildings were completed evacuated.
Like something out of a Jurassic Park
sequel, this abandoned amusement park shows glimpses of the past and a happier time, now covered in rust and chipped paint. In fact, the amusement park, designed to be the biggest in Brazil, never saw its opening date as the creator was killed in a automobile accident just outside the entrance to the park. The project, the rights, and the funding were never settled between the family, government and investors – as a result, Albanoel has been left to decay.
Church de Petrolândia
In the northern state of Pernambuco, inland from its capital city, Recife
, the town of Petrolândia is home to one of the most interesting churches you will ever see. Where you would normally lumber up a few steps and into the big entryway of a church, in this case, you would need flippers and snorkel, as the flooded city of Old Petrolândia is submerged underwater, with the roof still poking out of the surface.
Previously linking the cities of Porto Velho and Rondônia, the Madeira-Mamore Railroad is now a completely abandoned and eerie strip of railroad in northern Brazil, hugging the border with Bolivia. The sight of the railroad is unsettling enough, but when you learn that thousands of workers died of illness during its construction, and are said to be buried under the steel and wood of the tracks, it is a guaranteed shiver up the spine.
Paranapiacaba Train Station
In the mid 1950s, this station was bustling with people and trains transporting coffee, but now the tracks are overgrown with grass, the empty carriages are completely rusted through and the brick terminals are crumbling. The station was still in working order up until the 1980s, but as technologies improved and the cities in Brazil become more connected, the use of this station declined and eventually stopped completely.
At first glance, this spot appears to be a secluded landing strip in the middle of the Brazilian countryside, as the thin strip of grey concrete is the only break in the enveloping green jungle. Put in place for the Rio-Santos highway, this section was constructed, but then as plans suddenly changed the raised road was left and forgotten. It still stands today, in the middle of nowhere, providing a surprising and unusual sight.
The Brazilian take on Alcatraz
, this island functioned for 50 years as a correctional institute that, due to its size and remote location, functioned similarly to a penal colony. After a violent revolt by the prisoners which caused casualties in both guards and inmates, the prison was closed for good, with the prisoners being transferred to various different facilities. The island today is a popular tourist destination to visit the prison, and also the lush greenery around.