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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!
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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…
Cristalino Jungle Lodge
Alta Floresta, Brazil
Best for: Off the beaten track, Wildlife, Honeymoon
Cristalino Jungle Lodge is a superb wildlife lodge in Brazil’s southern Amazon rainforest. Offering Brazil’s best jungle wildlife experience and extraordinary birdwatching, Cristalino is a very comfortable lodge combining well with a Pantanal adventure.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Accessed by 4WD and motorised canoe from Alta Floresta in the state of Mato Grosso, Cristalino Lodge sits within a private forest reserve that extends northward into the adjacent state of Para, and this unique region contains many species found only in this part of the Amazon. Hidden amongst huge tropical trees on a bend of the Cristalino River, this remote eco-lodge is one of South America’s foremost conservation projects. On arrival, walk up the path to a series of simple, spacious and unexpectedly comfortable solar-powered wooden bungalows. It’s definitely worth spending a little more to try and bag a superior room or VIP bungalow here, which come with beautiful designs that feature sustainable tropical wood, cool ceramic tile floors and fabulous stand-alone bathtubs. All rooms have solar water heating and biological waste treatment in line with Cristalino’s environmental credentials.
Facilities at Cristalino include a floating deck for swimming, wildlife viewing and relaxing, a living room and library, a restaurant and bar and a screened treehouse. There is also a spectacular 50-metre canopy tower, arguably the best in the Americas, ideal for viewing the colourful birdlife. The tower allows you to view the many layers of the rainforest and is perfect for watching birds especially at sunset and dawn. Cristalino Jungle lodge’s conservation and community work is being used as a model for ecotourism development in the region, and each guest contributes US$25 to the Cristalino Ecological Foundation which helps safeguard this incredible environment and employ the superb local guides.
The surrounding private reserve is home to an astonishing 580 species of bird and is also particularly rich in butterfly species. There are also excellent opportunities to spot the local mammals, including tapir, capybara, anteaters, river otters, deer and agoutis. Seven primate species (Night Monkey, Dusky Titi Monkey, Brown Capuchin, Red-handed Howler Monkey, White-Whiskered Spider Monkey and the endemic Red-Nosed Bearded Saki Monkey) also call the reserve home. A series of trails (22 miles in total) and river trips take you to the six different ecosystems within the reserve, which vary from rocky savannah to dense primary rainforest. Other activities include swimming in the river, canoeing and trekking.
When to go
All year round destination. The climate is hot and humid throughout the whole year. Between June and November, it rains less (although it is a tropical rainforest and therefore can rain at any time) and it is hotter. From December to May the rainfall is more intense and the water levels increase and large marshlands form both in the archipelago and on the mainland. The flooded land reaches the highest levels between March and April and the lowest between August and October. When the land is flooded, more areas can be accessed by boat however during the 'drier' season beaches are formed along the archipelago and there is more chance to see wildlife such as caiman and capybaras on the river banks.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Things to do
Meeting of the Waters - Full Day
Head to the harbour and sail to the point the Negro and Solimões rivers meet. Take in the breath taking scene of the contrasting rivers and catch a glimpse of the native ‘botos’ (River dolphins) frolicking in the waters below.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
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, 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.