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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.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Located just steps away from the world renowned Copacabana Beach, Arena Leme Hotel offers its guests an unforgettable stay in one of Rio's most contemporary hotels.
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The Leme neighbourhood is quieter than other areas of the city, meaning that you have a pleasant base where you can unwind after visiting the nearby world-famous attractions. Just a short walk away you guests are spoiled for choice with open air cafe's as well as an excellent selection of traditional and stylish restaurants.
Staff are kind and hospitable, delivering impeccable service whether you are dining alfresco or simply enjoying a cocktails on the stylish terrace next to the roof-top pool. From here you can relax whilst soaking in the panoramic views of the ocean and Rio de Janeiro Skyline.
You can also lap in this view from the comfort of your own room which looks out over the white sands of the Copacabana. Arena Leme Hotel provides its guests with modern rooms equipped with state of the art amenities including complementary wifi, bathrobes and slippers and those all-important blackout shades for an undisturbed night's sleep after experiencing the vibrant Rio atmosphere.
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.
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Things to do
Rio Bike Tour
Experience the fabulous city of Rio de Janeiro in a unique and exciting way – on a bicycle! Ride around town visiting the city highlights at your own pace, giving you the flexibility to explore city markets or stop off for a cold beer.
Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain Full Day Tour
Drive past the scenic Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon before embarking on a thrilling train ride over the mountain to the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. Marvel at the impressive views of the city and famously pristine Brazilian beaches and lush forest.
Art Galleries and Shopping
The art scene in Rio de Janeiro is bursting at the seams. Discover why this city has been labelled Brazil's cultural capital. Explore famous art galleries followed by some world class shopping!
Yoga at the Botanical Gardens
Yoga combined with a visit to the Botanical Gardens is certainly one of the best ways to balance your body and soul during your stay in Rio de Janeiro.
Jeep Tour Botanical Gardens and Tijuca Forest
Visit the Botanic Garden and delve into the array of exotic plants including the Imperial Palm-tree and various endangered tree species, a favourite hideaway for nature-lovers before heading into the dense Tijuca's forest.
Barra da Tijuca beach is perfect for beginners with its small and middle-sized waves that allow you to learn to surf safely.
Secrets of Old Rio and Santa Teresa
Embark on a unique walking tour and uncover the legends and stories intertwined into the narrow streets and historical buildings of downtown Rio.
For lovers of Cachaça (Brazil's favourite spirit made from sugarcane juice), history, architecture and more, discover the old quarters of Rio de Janeiro and its hidden streets, cultural corridors, architectural beauty and, of course, cachaça.
Helicopter Tour Flight
For a thrilling adventure, fly over the iconic city highlights for spectacular views of the Corcovado, Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf, the lagoon and Ipanema and Copacabana Beaches.
Petropolis Full Day Tour
Uncover the ancient imperial city of Petrópolis, intertwined within the mountainous landscape. Explore the famous museum and delve into the rich heritage of the summer residence of the President of the Republic.
Cook in Rio - Brazilian Culinary Experience
Discover the secrets behind the distinct Brazilian cuisine and its unique origins. Learn how to concoct an authentic Caipirinha cocktail and delve into the flavours of traditional Brazilian cooking by preparing your meal with a local chief.
Favela & Jungle Hike
Delve into the heart of Rio and visit a favela, a local city slum. Stroll through the local community, with their iconic narrow alleyways and steep hillsides, beautiful graffiti and fabulous views above the city. Afterwards, enjoy a beautiful hike.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
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. It's the perfect chance to really get under the skin of this fascinating and pulsating country.
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.
A breath-taking 15 day itinerary that takes you to some of the most fascinating areas of Brazil. Rich in spectacular landscapes, culture and history - this itinerary really allows you to get under the surface of Brazil's highlights.