Fuelled by samba beats, carnival fever, football, and a legendary beach culture, Brazil is an adventurer’s playground complete with a dramatic wilderness landscape that guarantees adventure like nowhere else. From the magnificent Amazon jungle and idyllic sands of Rio and Salvador to the thunderous Iguazu Falls and the wet wonderland of the Pantanal, a holiday to bold and beautiful Brazil is an assault on the senses that holds culture-hungry and thrill-seeking travellers in awe.
Defined by its natural beauty and cultural wealth, Brazil seduces with spectacular interior landscapes, iconic landmarks, mind-blowing wildlife, and superb regional cuisine.
Nothing compares to Rio de Janeiro, the cidade maravilhosa (Marvellous City) that fuses samba, shorelines and the infectious carioca spirit. Catch a cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain at sunset, ascend the Corcovado Mountain to gawp at the 124ft-high Christ The Redeemer, visit the Museum of Naïve Art, and join the world’s biggest party at Carnival in February.
Life in Rio is all about the beach. Hit the sands at Ilha Grande off the coast for laid-back, off-the-beaten-track island escapism, and take a day trip to chic Búzios for gorgeous hidden stretches of sand. Also enchanting is the colonial town of Paraty with its wonderfully secluded beaches.
Further fun awaits at the culturally extravagant Salvador, Brazil’s first capital. This UNESCO-listed city is an amalgam of beating drums, carnival celebrations, golden churches, colonial-era buildings, and capoeira classes where you can perfect those famous dance-fight moves. A stunning coastline lies outside the city where beaches include the serene Praia do Forte, the trendy Trancoso, and the pristine Morro de São Paulo.
To see nature at its best, take a tour to the zodiac boat trip to the mighty Iguazú Falls - one of the natural wonders of the world. Fly from the Falls to Manaus in the heart of Amazonia to embark on your jungle adventure. The Amazon is the planet’s largest rainforest, and home to around 600 mammal species, 1,500 fish species, and 1,600 bird species. Take hikes, guided walks, or boat trips to stake out jaguars, poison dart frogs, howler monkeys, pink dolphins, and more.
Wildlife lovers will also relish a safari through Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland. Time your visit during the dry season (April to October) to see giant anacondas, capybaras, and fierce South American alligators known as caimans.
On a recent trip to Brazil, Latin America specialist Sinead was blown away by the lively and musical culture of Salvador. Check our blog to see how she was swept off her feet on arrival…
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