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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…
Pousada do Ouro
Best for: Culture History
Pousada do Ouro is a simple colonial-style hotel in Paraty on Brazil’s Emerald Coast. Offering excellent value and an authentic taste of Brazil’s colonial heritage, Pousada do Ouro is a great option for exploring the area’s cultural and natural treasures.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
The Pousada do Ouro, built in the 18th century, is one of the best places to stay in Paraty, and retains much of its colonial charm. The guesthouse is excellent positioned just a few metres from the sea, where you can take a short boat trip to the surrounding islands, bays and beaches. Behind whitewashed 18th-century façades on either side of a narrow cobbled street, the pousada’s 27 rooms and suites have been decorated in typical Paraty style with a simple, fresh feel. There are modern in-room amenities and plenty of crisp linens, woven rugs, dark woods and artworks that add character.
While Pousada do Ouro doesn’t have a restaurant, the bar serves up light snacks throughout the day and there are lots of charming small restaurants within easy walking distance offering delicious local cuisine including mouth-watering seafood. A pleasant outdoor swimming pool, bar, and a small selection of spa treatments are all available.
Founded in 1650, Paraty is a beautiful colonial town that has remained relatively unchanged. Once Brazil’s principal port for exporting gold and other minerals, it enjoyed great prosperity in the eighteenth century and is now regarded as one of the most important examples of colonial architecture in the world. An excellent way to spend the day is on a boat or schooner exploring many of the 65 unspoilt islands, which have golden sandy beaches. The area is also ideal for walking, hiking, snorkelling and fishing.
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.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
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.
Paraty, Rio de Janeiro and Buzios
Experience one of the biggest parties of the year at Rio de Janeiro's famous Carnival, arguably the best place to celebrate in Brazil, a country famed for its vibrancy and samba beats. Immerse yourself in Brazilian culture before relaxing on the numerous beaches of Buzios.