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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…
Best for: Family, Honeymoon, Beach
Pousada Picinguaba is a serene boutique retreat near Paraty on Brazil’s stunning Emerald Coast. Simple but undeniably chic, and with magnificent views of the bay Pousada Picinguaba is a great place to kick back for a few days.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Set among verdant tropical gardens surrounding a gorgeous swimming pool with thrilling vistas of the Atlantic Ocean studded with jewel-like tropical islands, Pousada Picinguaba is a small French-owned hotel, simply but stylishly designed, that allow you to relax among the region’s outstanding natural beauty, explore the nearby colonial gem of Paraty and take part in a variety of great outdoor activities. The hotel’s ten rooms are simple but comfortable, leading out onto a vast garden with the sea as a backdrop. Lush tropical flowers and plants form natural screens for the rooms, with hummingbirds as visitors, and each room has a private balcony with a hammock for relaxing. In keeping with the retreat feel of the place, there is no TV, telephone and limited connection to the internet. For greater space and exclusivity, you can choose the Villa Casa Verde. Next to the hotel, it enjoys all the pousada's services, and accommodates up to six people – ideal for a family but also for a couple looking for comfort and privacy.
Food at Picinguaba is one of the highlights. Typically guests will gather at 7.30pm for drinks either in the gardens or in the convivial sitting room with its Brazilian artefacts and glossy books on local culture and nature, and enjoy a passion fruit caipirinha before wandering across to their private candle-lit table to enjoy Brazilian cuisine prepared using the freshest local produce from seafood to tropical fruits. The swimming pool is surrounded by wooden decking and loungers and makes an idyllic relaxation spot, while spa treatments range from acupuncture and massages to a natural firewood sauna with a window overlooking the jungle. Yoga classes are also offered on certain days.
A track leads down ten minutes to a small beach, but to reach the area’s best beaches, you can either follow jungle trails past secluded waterfalls or take the hotel’s own 40-foot schooner to explore the small offshore islands, not forgetting to bring your snorkelling gear. Guests can also visit beautiful Paraty (half an hour away), dive, fish, learn to surf or go sea kayaking. It’s possible to stay just three nights, but we’d recommend a little longer so that you can really appreciate and take in this wonderfully beautiful part of Brazil.
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.