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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!
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…
Arena Ipanema Hotel
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Best for: Family
Arena Ipanema is located in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. Rooms are wonderfully well-appointed with modern decor and contemporary furnishings. The hotel lies within close proximity to the city's main attractions as well as the beautiful Ipanema Beach.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Arena Ipanema is one of our favourite hotels in Rio. Both its location, modern design and spacious rooftop pool makes it a great option for both couples and families when exploring the city at length.
With just over 100 rooms, the hotel maintains a fairly intimate atmosphere, with friendly staff and personable service throughout. With eco-protection in mind, the hotel uses ecological furniture with wooden structures made from materials retrieved from sustainable forest management. With this in mind, guests can be sure that the hotel has sustainability at the forefront of its design to contribute to Brazil's rainforests and wildlife whilst delivering modern and contemporary decor.
The hotels restaurant, Otaviano, has a relaxing ambience and is the perfect place to unwind after a long flight or day of exploring. Offering a variety of dishes in both Brazilian and International cuisine, there is something for all tastes.
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
Things to do
Pedra Bonita Hiking Tour
This 40-minute hike up Pedra Bonita will reward you with incredible views over Rio de Janeiro's impressive skyline as you reach the summit.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Chapada Diamantina & Trancoso
Perfect for adventurous travellers, this trip takes you to some of Brazil's best hubs for outdoor adventures. Explore the sights of Rio and enjoy hiking through Chapada Diamantina National Park's impressive rocky scenery before winding down at the beach.
Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, Tiradentes, Ouro Preto, Salvador
Get under the skin of Brazil's rich culture on this journey through its colonial heartland, taking in the jewel of Paraty on the emerald coast and vibrant Rio de Janeiro before discovering the towns of Tiradentes and Ouro Preto. End in Salvador, the home of Afro-Brazilian culture for a final culture hit.
Iguazu Falls, Amazon, Salvador & Rio de Janeiro
This exciting itinerary takes you on a memorable adventure through Brazil. Full of culture, natural wonders, exotic wildlife and city exploration - this trip really allows you to get under the surface of Brazil's highlights.