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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 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…
Fasano Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Best for: Beach, Culture History, Highlights
The Fasano Rio de Janeiro is a luxury contemporary design hotel set overlooking Ipanema Beach. Sleek, chic, sexy and boasting a playful Philippe Starck design, the Fasano Rio de Janeiro is the city’s most expensive hotel and the ultimate cool hang-out.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Set directly on the Ipanema beachfront with glorious views of the Atlantic surf and jungle-clad mountains, the Fasano was designed head-to-toe by legendary Philippe Starck, and combines style, humour and sophistication to create an incredible urban beach retreat. Details range from open brickwork and dark wood furniture offset by flowing white silks to the witty Dali-esque ear-shaped mirrors in some of the bedrooms. The Fasano’s 81 rooms and 10 suites are spread across seven floors, and each comes with a private balcony and luxury marble bathroom with rain shower. All are the last word in luxury and are fitted with sumptuous hardwood floors, fine Egyptian cotton linens and goose-down pillows. Attention to detail is evident everywhere, even to the extent that beds in the ocean rooms and suites have been placed on a slight incline so as to maximise the views. Some of the rooms overlook the courtyard, whilst the rest have ocean views. Suites also feature a spacious living area.
Dining at the hotel’s Fasano al Mare restaurant is one of the most sensual dining experiences in Rio. Under the overall command of Rogerio Fasano, the menu specialises in Italian and locally-inspired cuisine with an emphasis on seafood, while the cool Londra Bar is where many of Rio’s beautiful and damned hang out.
The rooftop terrace is where it all happens by day, and a spectacular open-air infinity pool and extraordinary views down Ipanema Beach provide the perfect setting for whiling away the hours, sipping occasionally at a caipirinha. There is also a rooftop fitness centre with complimentary personal trainer and a steam room.
A full butler service is provided for all guests at the Fasano Rio. The hotel also operates a private beach service for guests, with sun loungers, umbrellas, bottled waters and magazines on offer. A variety of excursions can also be arranged including visits to some of the city's landmarks such as Corcovado, the Sugar Loaf, Tijuca rainforest and the historic quarter.
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
Stay 3, pay 2 at Fasano Rio
Book a three night stay at Fasano and only pay for two nights. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Please speak to one of our specialists for more information.