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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!
Ben, the founder of Imagine Travel, is kite surfing obsessed. To indulge his passion, he headed to Ceara State in northern Brazil, which for 6 months of the year has arguably the most dependable wind in the world (excluding the poles).
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…
Reserva do Ibitipoca
Minas Gerais, Brazil
Best for: Honeymoon, Riding, Culture History
Reserva do Ibitipoca is a wonderfully relaxing historic fazenda set amongst the glorious mountains of southern Minas Gerais. Fantastic service and atmospheric accommodations at Reserva do Ibitipoca combine with superb walking and riding opportunities.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
A truly unique destination, Reserva do Ibitipoca (originally known as Fazenda do Engenho) is without doubt one of Brazil’s most charming properties, full of character in every corner and boasting a wonderfully serene setting amongst the Mantiqueira Mountains of southern Minas Gerais north of Rio de Janeiro. The lodge is the centrepiece of Ibitipoca Reserva, a 3,000-hectare conservation area committed to sustainability, reforestation and protecting wildlife corridors. The original farmhouse dates back to 1715 and was rebuilt from 2006, using recycled materials and furnishings, thus preserving the original character of the property. Accommodation comprises eight individually designed rooms, furnished with local handicrafts and sublimely comfortable beds, and there are characterful bathrooms with Victorian-style claw-foot baths and rain showers.
There are sofas and hammocks dotted around the property - perfect for relaxing with a good book and caipirinha, and for the indolent at heart there is also a wooden sauna, a hot tub and a rustic-style spa barn where gentle yoga classes and wonderfully soothing massages are on offer. Service at the Reserva do Ibitipoca is truly personalised and the warmth of the local staff, the majority of whom come from nearby villages, will make you feel like you’ve arrived at a home from home. Meals are freshly prepared in the traditional kitchen, with most of the produce coming from the land. Breakfast on warm pao de queijo and home-cooked pastries overlooking the lake or enjoy an afternoon tea by the hearth. Meals are often served under the stars, perhaps in the hotel’s central patio or in one of many hidden spots around the reserve.
Reserva do Ibitipoca is perfect for those who want to get away from it all and enjoy the fresh air and the outdoors. There are some great trails for hiking and the property has its own stables, with wonderfully cared-for horses, making for some great riding. Visits can also be made to the nearby Ibitipoca state park, with its dramatic scenery of waterfalls and spectacular rock formations.
When to go
Minas Gerais is a year round destination, but generally hotter, with heavier rain and higher humidity from November to March. Autumn/winter (May to September) is drier, but it gets much colder here than in neighbouring states, with temperatures sometimes dropping to 5C. April, May and June are the best months, when everything is green but it's drier with cool evenings.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Things to do
Ouro Preto Walking Tour
Once the centre of the gold and diamond trading in the colonial era, this picturesque town is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and has preserved its beautiful 18th century architecture, offering visitors a first-hand experience of its historical heritage.