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Our Latin America specialist Grant tells us why his heart lies in Brazil, a country defined by its natural beauty, exotic wildlife, spectacular landscapes and legendary beach hot spots. Brazil is simply made for travel and has something to offer even the most discerning traveller.
Carpeted with dense, wildlife-rich jungles and lined with a dazzling coast, combine the jungle and beach in Latin America for a memorable holiday.
Brazil’s teeming flora and fauna make it one of the world’s best destinations for nature lovers. Dominated by the Amazon basin and home to the world’s largest wetland – the Pantanal – as well as numerous national parks, Brazil is bursting with biodiversity, making it the perfect destination for anyone with a love of wildlife. The list is endless, but the Imagine Latin America team has put together a guide to some of the wildlife you can expect to see during a trip to Brazil.
Brimming with activities to keep the whole family entertained, this exhilarating itinerary takes you to some of Brazil’s most iconic attractions, ending with some beach time to leave you feeling truly refreshed.
It’s on everyone’s bucket list; it’s one of the biggest and most extravagant carnival parades in the world and it’s time for you to see what all the fuss is about. Our Latin America Specialist Grant gives an overview of when and where it is, and most importantly why you should go!
Football is ingrained in Brazilian culture and it is a strong passion of the entire nation. Our Brazil specialist and football enthusiast, Sam, gives us the lowdown on why Brazil is one of the most successful footballing nations in the world, and what makes this passion so deep-rooted in Brazilian culture.
Our Latin America specialist Sinead knows her cocktails, and on a recent trip to Brazil she became very accustomed to their national drink, the Caipirinha. This cocktail is rooted in Brazilian culture, so what better way get under the skin of Brazil than with one (or two) cheeky Caipirinhas. Read on to find out why it’s so popular and have a go at perfecting your own...
The Latin America team have put together 14 weird and wonderful facts we bet you didn’t know about Brazil. They are nearly as diverse and whacky as the country itself!
Ben, the founder of Imagine Travel, is kite surfing obsessed. To indulge his passion, he headed to Ceara State in northern Brazil, which for 6 months of the year has arguably the most dependable wind in the world (excluding the poles).
Pimpolhos da Grande Rio Samba School (Kids of Grande Rio Samba School) is a non-governmental and non-profit organisation for children, whose vision is focused on promoting social inclusion through art and culture. We spoke to Camilla, who works for Pimpolhos to find out more…
Katherine, our Latin America specialist, couldn’t get enough of the Pantanal during her recent visit. A huge wilderness of swamps and marshes, this region is one of the best places to view wildlife on the continent.
In Brazil, colonial gems are found scattered throughout the country. Full of fascinating history, beautifully preserved architecture and cobbled stone streets, they leave culture-hungry travellers awe-inspired. For those wanting to see the best of colonial Brazil, the Latin America team have listed the top five places for you to keep in mind when planning your trip to Brazil.
Rio de Janeiro is undoubtedly South America’s most iconic city. It’s a city so full of life, samba beats, iconic landmarks, golden sand beaches and party people. It’s a city that has it all and here the Latin America team tell you the top six things that are not to be missed in Rio de Janeiro.
Meike, our Latin America guru has voted Trancoso as Brazil’s number one beach destination, which is a bold move when you think about the vast coastline Brazil has to offer. Read her lowdown on Trancoso’s stunning beaches, laid-back charm and stunning properties to find out more…
Iguazu Falls, Rio, Paraty, Amazon, Pantanal, Brasilia, Pipa
Best for: Beach, Wildlife, Highlights
Discover Brazil on this 3-week itinerary taking you to the country's best bits. You'll visit all the highlights plus a few gems thrown in for good measure, taking in crashing waterfalls, charming towns, beautiful beaches and the incredible wildlife of the Pantanal and Amazon rainforest.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
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This extensive three week trip through Brazil visits the country's most iconic landmarks as well as its hidden gems. Lay eyes on the spectacular crashing Iguazu Falls before heading to the lively city of Rio de Janeiro, famed for its samba rhythms and glorious beaches. From here, head to the Emerald coast and stay in the charming colonial town of Paraty which provides easy access to the region's gorgeous islands and secluded bays. Next on the agenda are two of Brazil's most incredible attractions for wildlife. Start in the Amazon Rainforest before going on the lookout for jaguars in the Pantanal wetlands. At the end of your trip, we've pencilled in some much needed relaxation time in the quaint beach village of Pipa, stopping in Brasilia on route for an introduction to Brazil's most famous architects and some fantastic dining.
Days 1 - 3 : Iguazu Falls, Brazil
Stay at Belmond Hotel das Cataratas for 2 nights
Begin your journey in the magical jungle rainforest at Iguazu Falls, where wildlife is abundant and the waterfalls are magnificent. You'll have a two night stay here, with opportunities to explore both the Brazilian and the Argentine side. For a special experience, we suggest taking a helicopter ride above the falls to get spectacular views of the crashing water and dense forestry behind it.
Days 3 - 6 : Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Stay at Belmond Copacabana Palace for 3 nights
Head to the bustling city of Rio de Janeiro. A city where samba beats ring through the streets and the atmosphere is always electric. Explore on a city tour, visit Corcovado and the Sugar Loaf Mountain or take a cooking class. However you spend your time, you are sure to enjoy this city's vibrancy.
Days 6 - 9 : Paraty, Brazil
Stay at Pousada do Sandi for 3 nights
Paraty is one of Brazil's most appealing destinations, and once you visit you'll understand why. It's a must on an in-depth itinerary, tucked away as a colonial pocket of charm and history, with beautiful scenery to match. It's been wonderfully preserved and the white-washed buildings are adorned with colourful windows and door frames. With a number of untouched and pristine beaches accessible by a short boat ride from Paraty's shoreline, it's the perfect place to relax for a few days whilst soaking up the atmosphere and discovering Brazil's culture. It's also the home of Cachaça, Brazil's signature spirit, so why not add on a visit to a distillery?
Days 9 - 12 : Alta Floresta, Brazil
Stay at Cristalino Jungle Lodge for 3 nights
The Brazilian side of the Amazon Rainforest is replete with rushing water, curious and colourful wildlife and dense forestry awaiting new adventure. A stay at Cristalino will be a unique experience offering very comfotable accommodation and exciting activities. Wake to the sounds of howler monkeys and the rich birdlife which calls the rainforest home. The Amazon is an essential experience, where you will get up close and personal with a wide variety of animals and birdlife as well as the flora and fauna unique to this tropical rainforest.
Days 12 - 15 : The Pantanal, Brazil
Stay at Araras Ecolodge for 3 nights
A short flight south will bring you into the heart of the Pantanal, another of Brazil's most amazing wildlife destinations and the best place to spot jaguars in the wild. Not only is it home to the elusive jaguar, but this vast wetlands is home to capybara, monkeys, giant river otters and prolific birdlife. Explore on safari style excursions with expert local guides.
Days 15 - 17 : Brasilia, Brazil
Stay at B Hotel Brasilia for 2 nights
From the wildlife-rich Pantanal, fly to Brasilia, Brazil's capital city and a hub for creativity. This city is famed for its unique design, with examples of architect Oscar Niemeyer's work on display throughout the city. Enjoy two nights here, sampling the local gastronomy and admiring the unique architecture.
Days 17 - 21 : Praia da Pipa, Brazil
Stay at Pousada Toca da Coruja for 4 nights
End your time in Brazil on one if its beautiful beaches, staying near the charming beach town of Pipa. This is the perfect way to unwind after adventures galore but there is plenty to occupy anyone still not ready to simply lie on a lounger. Finally fly back to Rio or Sao Paulo and connect with your flight back home.
Day 21 - 22 : Flight Home.
Overnight flight back to the UK.
When to go
Rio de Janeiro is a year round destination. Spring (September - October) is one of the nicest times to visit Rio, before the humidity sets in. Rio's forests and gardens are lush and beautiful to see at this time. Summer vacation begins in mid-December and lasts until February. During this time the beaches are packed with Cariocas working on their tans. This can also be the rainiest time of year in Rio. The heavy heat starts around October and will reach 40 degrees Celsius on a sunny day. Winter vacation happens in July and, although the days can stay hot, the evenings in Rio get relatively chilly dropping to 15 degrees Celsius. The winds and dampness can make this feel colder. Summers are best for diving while the winter months (June - August) are the best for surfers. Carnaval is held every year, 7 weeks before Easter Sunday. During this period, and often the weeks leading up to it, Rio is at its liveliest. It is also a time when prices skyrocket and crowds can become unbearable.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
From $7552 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
Accommodation as listed on a bed and breakfast basis. Full board and activities at Cristalino and Araras.
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.