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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…
Best for: Culture History, Honeymoon, Highlights
Casa Turquesa is an intimate boutique hotel in Paraty on Brazil’s Emerald Coast. Housed within a stunningly restored Paraty townhouse, Casa Turquesa makes an ultra-stylish honeymoon retreat with great service ideal for exploring this UNESCO colonial gem.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Behind the glorious blue doors and shutters of a whitewashed colonial home in the historic heart of Paraty, Casa Turquesa is a haven of calm and understated style. There are just nine suites here, all individually styled and impeccably finished with rattan chairs, striped rugs, small oil paintings, simple brass lamps and hand-stitched cushions. All are lovely, but the Master Suites are especially magnificent and offer more space, some with their own private Jacuzzi. From many of the balconies there are wonderful views of the bay, the famous rooftops of Paraty, the mountains and the dome of the church of Santa Rita, the town’s oldest religious building.
While Casa Turquesa doesn’t have a restaurant (there are plenty of great nearby options in town), breakfasts are a delicious way to start the day and the bar serves up tapas-style snacks throughout the day. The internal garden courtyard has a small swimming pool, and in the main house is a reading room filled with art books and a small fireplace for cooler days in winter. Any day of the week enjoy afternoon tea with lovingly baked cake served warm directly from the oven.
When to go
High season is generally December to April when it's warm and humid. The coastal location ensures that temperatures rarely exceed 30°C and generally do not fall below 13°C (night-time in July). Even in winter (June-September), when rates are lower, daytime temperatures usually reach 21°C. This can be a lovely time to visit as it is warm in the day, cooler at night and drier. Rainfall is a possibility throughout the year, but the peak summer months of January and February often experience heavier showers. Christmas, New Year, January, Carnival, Easter and Paraty's International Literary Festival (normally held in July) are high season and hotels will be busy.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Things to do
Half Day Schooner Cruise
Enjoy a half day Schooner Cruise tour around the island in the bay of Parati.
Historical Walking Tour of Paraty
Paraty is a charming town on Brazil's Emerald Coast, the centre of which has remained virtually unchanged since its heyday as a port for gold passing through from the mines of Minas Gerais. Enjoy a fascinating walking tour of this world heritage site.