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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…
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas
Iguazu Falls, Brazil
Best for: Family, Highlights, Honeymoon
The Belmond Hotel das Cataratas is a luxury resort with unrivalled views of and access to the Brazilian Iguazu Falls. Classic style, service and top-notch facilities make the Hotel das Cataratas the best option at the Falls by some distance.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Just a short stroll along rainforest pathways to the sensational Iguazu Falls, the Belmond Hotel das Cataratas is the only hotel within the Brazilian National Park. You can enjoy superb views of the falls from some of the rooms and exclusive access to the falls in the evening and at dawn, when the park is closed to other visitors, and when the light is best for photography.
The Hotel das Cataratas has two restaurants, the poolside Ipe Grill serving barbecued meats and the Itaipu Restaurant with its outside verandahs, where you can enjoy traditional Brazilian delicacies and international cuisine. The Taroba Bar is ideal for an early evening drink, and live music is sometimes played. In the gardens is a huge swimming pool and smaller children’s pool, and a kids club, archery, tennis and volleyball are all available.
Stroll along the walkways and marvel at the power and splendour of these vast waterfalls twice the size of Niagara, or see it all from the sky on one of their helicopter tours. This natural paradise also offers thrills and excitement in abundance from white water rafting and kayaking on the Iguazu River to jungle treks with one of the hotel's in-house biologists to observe the amazing wildlife including colourful toucans and giant butterflies.
When to go
The high season is in January and February, when most Brazilians and Argentineans are on holiday, if you want to avoid crowded periods, avoid these months and Easter time. May and July are rainy months and the volume of the waters is at its maximum.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Things to do
San Ignacio Jesuit Ruins
Delve into the local heritage and explore San Ignacio Jesuit Ruins. Uncover a world left behind by Guarani Baroque Mission who aimed to spread Christianity throughout Argentina, before being expelled by the Spanish.
Marvel at the engineering masterpiece of the Itaipu Dam on the Paraná River, shared by both Brazil and Paraguay only 50 km from Iguazú Falls.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Manaus, Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu, Florianopolis
This Brazil itinerary is the perfect luxury escape for couples or honeymooners, taking in the country's highlights in some of the most stylish accommodation. Discover the mighty Amazon rainforest, impressive Iguazu Falls and the city of Rio de Janeiro, before ending in luxury on the coast at the beautiful adults-only Ponta dos Ganchos.
Iguazu Falls, Rio, Paraty, Amazon, Pantanal, Brasilia, Pipa
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.
Iguazu Falls, Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, Itacare
Enjoy a romantic break in Brazil on this epic honeymoon which perfectly blends relaxation with adventure, ticking off some of the country's must-see attractions and staying in charming properties throughout.
Iguazu, Amazon, Pantanal, Rio de Janeiro
Discover Brazil's iconic wildlife on this epic safari-style adventure, observing jaguars, monkeys, macaws and everything in between. Taking you to some of the world's most bio-diverse areas, including the Amazon Rainforest and the Pantanal, this trip is the perfect fit for nature and animal lovers of all ages.
Southern Pantanal, Northern Pantanal & Iguazu
An incredible safari through Brazil's Pantanal, taking in both the southern and northern parts of this vast and diverse wetlands region which is home to an impressive array of wildlife, including jaguar, caiman, capybara, anteaters, monkeys and hundreds of species of bird.
Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls and Santa Catarina
Indulge in this luxurious honeymoon itinerary, that combines city life, natural wonders and secluded beach escapes. Learn to tango in Buenos Aires, explore the spectacular Iguazu Falls and end on your own private paradise in Southern Brazil.