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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…
Ilha Grande, Brazil
Best for: Beach, Highlights, Off the beaten track
Hidden among lush rainforest on the idyllic tropical island of Ilha Grande south of Rio de Janeiro, Pousada Naturalia is a rustic retreat with simple charming rooms, friendly service and unbeatable views of the Emerald Coast’s warm and turquoise waters.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Located ten minutes’ walk from the tiny fishing village of Vila do Abraao on the island of Ilha Grande, Pousada Naturalia is a quiet and secluded retreat, perfect for a few days of R & R during a trip to Brazil. The pousada's 12 rooms and suites (four double rooms, four triple and four quadruple suites) are spread between two blocks with four rooms in the main house and eight further up the slope at the back of the garden. All have a mini-bar, safe and a balcony with a hammock and beautiful sea views. The rooms have a ceiling fan, while the suites have air conditioning, and in keeping with the tranquility and ecological ethos of the place, there are no TVs or telephones in any of the accommodations.
Surrounding this small property are verdant gardens frequented by hummingbirds and toucans and fringed by a quiet beach with dramatic large boulders. There is an open-sided dining area where a good breakfast is served, and although lunch and dinner are not provided at Pousada Naturalia, there is a good choice of waterfront restaurants serving fish and other Brazilian specialities in the village.
A number of hiking trails lead around and over Ilha Grande, allowing you to enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of the rainforest, while there are also plenty of charter boats available to take you to the island’s stunning beaches, including Lopes Mendes, often regarded as Brazil’s most beautiful beach. You can also arrange snorkelling and diving trips.
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
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Paraty, Ilha Grande, Rio de Janeiro, Buzios
Discover Brazil's spectacular emerald coastline on this 2-week itinerary taking in beaches and islands galore, each with their own personality. Disover the colonial town of Paraty, the barefoot island of Ilha Grande, the glitzy sands of Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro and finally Buzios, the perfect place to end your trip.