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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…
Best for: Culture History, Honeymoon
Villa Bahia is a delightful boutique hotel with a prime location in Salvador’s historic Pelourinho. With its evocative rooms themed around the spice trade, amazing cuisine and attentive service, Villa Bahia is the outstanding boutique option in Salvador.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Beautifully converted from two original colonial mansions dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries and located slap-bang on Salvador's main square, Villa Bahia consists of just 17 uniquely designed rooms that all evoke the historic spice routes of Portugal’s colonial past. With names such as Cape Verde, Guinea, Mozambique, Ceylon and Nagasaki, the rooms are spacious and colourful and feature native woods, regional crafts and works of art that have been carefully selected to enhance the character of the rooms. Higher rooms have a terrace with outstanding views of the city's rooftops, bell towers and colourful houses.
Villa Bahia has an excellent restaurant run by an acclaimed chef, serving gourmet cuisine with both French and Brazilian influences. There is also a shaded rooftop terrace overlooking the city with a small swimming pool (which is rare in Salvador) and plenty of patios and living areas with deep couches and antique armchairs, creating an inviting colonial atmosphere.
Villa Bahia has a superb location right in the middle of Salvador’s historical Pelourinho centre, next door to beautiful Sao Francisco church and just steps away from the Jorge Amado Museum and the Praca da Se square overlooking All Saints Bay. Guests can arrange a private guided tour of the city to learn more about the culture and history or simply wander the cobbled streets at leisure, soaking up the music and unique atmosphere.
When to go
Temperatures in Bahia vary little from month to month and it's warm all year round, with average highs hovering around 30°C. April to July is the wettest season (though it can rain at any time) and June to September bring slightly cooler evenings. Salvador goes mad during Carnival (February or March depending on the year) - more than 2 million party-goers hit the streets for a colourful riot of dancing and drinking - expect prices to hike and availability to fall dramatically.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Things to do
Bahian Cuisine Food Tour
This tour is focused on the beautiful and tantalising tastes of Bahian cuisine, infused with African and Brazilian flavours and spices. Visit one of the largest open air markets in Brazil and wind your way through the labyrinth of food stalls.
Historic City Tour and Panoramic
Dive into the fascinating colonial history of Salvador and stroll through the winding narrow streets lined with pastel-coloured buildings. Discover the bustling centre of the city before heading down the quieter neighbourhoods.
Pelourinho By Night + Show Miguel Santana
Enjoy an explosion of Bahian culture in a fantastic display of traditional dances by the most respected folklore dance troupes in the world. Marvel at the sacred dances and enjoy an authentic dinner at a local restaurant.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Morro de Sao Paulo, Salvador, Pipa & Jericoacoara
Brazil is famed for its beaches and with over 7,000km of coastline there are plenty to choose from, but the beaches in the north are arguably the most beautiful. Explore some of our favourites on this two-week itinerary, taking in the colonial city of Salvador, along with the best of Bahian beaches and ending at the secluded kitesurfing Mecca of Jericoacoara.