Brazil is a land of superlatives with a modern lifestyle, stunning landscapes, wildlife and a rich colonial history.
Just the mention of Brazil conjures up vivid images of rhythmic music, infectious dance, aromatic food and invigorating cocktails on golden sun-drenched beaches, backed by verdant tropical jungle and deep blue skies. It evokes vibrant cities infused by Portuguese heritage, blended with African influences and inhabited by Brazilians with a common zest for life and the beat of chaotic carnivals. But Brazil is a vast country with many faces, and away from the hustle and bustle are sleepy colonial towns, breathtaking landscapes, expansive wetlands and thundering waterfalls waiting to be explored.
No matter where you travel up and down Brazil's 4,600 mile Atlantic coastline, you are never far away from a picture-perfect golden beach, some hidden and deserted, others thriving with joggers, swimmers, surfers and lively games of footbal…Learn More
No matter where you travel up and down Brazil's 4,600 mile Atlantic coastline, you are never far away from a picture-perfect golden beach, some hidden and deserted, others thriving with joggers, swimmers, surfers and lively games of football or volleyball games. Find your perfect Brazilian beach escape...
For those seeking to escape the city there is the nearby beach town of Buzios, famous for its picturesque beaches and trendy bohemian lifestyle, where the rich and famous of South America come to relax and socialise. Discover the numerous bays and coves with hidden sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, dotted throughout this peninsula. Alternatively visit the charming town of Parati, where the pedestrianised town centre has retained is original cobbled streets and rich colonial architecture, from when it was a port on the Gold Route from Minas Gerais. Discover deserted idyllic golden beaches at the foot of verdant jungle-covered mountains.
Located nearby to Salvador da Bahia are the former fishing villages of Morro Sao Paulo and Praia do Forte. These tranquil paradises offer miles of long deserted, white sandy beaches and warm seas with stunning clarity to explore the shoreline reefs. Here you can relax in the shade of swaying coconut palms or explore the cafes, galleries and market in the nearby village.
Further north is Recife and Natal, where an endless coastline of palm-fringed hides small beach paradises that embody the essence of Brazilian beach culture, with little laid-back towns with a host of small bars and restaurants playing live music. Near to Natal is Praia da Pipa, where a mixture of red sandy beaches and sheltered covers attract dolphins and marine turtles, set against a backdrop of lush Atlantic coastal forest. Or for the seeking to escape society there is Fernando de Noronha, in a remote archipelago of tiny volcanic islands, where the crystalline waters contain an abundance of tropical fish and untouched beaches.
Paquera - Visit the world famous beaches of Rio de Janeiro and relax at the Praia do Forte eco-resort with miles of empty white sandy beaches
From beautiful hillside colonial gems and sprawling seaside settlements to shiny modern metropolises, Brazil boasts Latin America's greatest and most diverse collection of cities. Here we take a look at some of the best...Learn More
From beautiful hillside colonial gems and sprawling seaside settlements to shiny modern metropolises, Brazil boasts Latin America's greatest and most diverse collection of cities. Here we take a look at some of the best...
Rio de Janeiro is undoubtedly one of the continent's most beautiful places, straddled between huge forest covered granite peaks and the golden sandy beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. The best views are from Sugarloaf Mountain and from the statue of Christ the Redeemer which stands high on Corcovado Mountain, looking over the city with arms open wide and ready to embrace visitors. Each year thousands of people come to celebrate carnival with an intensive, all-night, parade of music and dance from local Samba schools.
Northern Brazil is home to the state of Bahia famous for its pristine golden beaches and colonial cities, a melting pot of Portuguese and African cultures. Salvador da Bahia was once the Brazilian capital and during the eighteenth century generated huge wealth from nearby sugar-cane and tobacco plantations. Evidence of this golden era can still be seen in the grandiose colonial architecture. A unique blend of Portuguese and African cultures can be vividly seen in the bright colours of many townhouse and exotic rhythms of the renowned drum troupes of Olodum.
In contrast to traditional Salvador, the Brazilian capital Brasilia is home to the country's most modern and unusual architecture. Designed as 'the city of the future' on an empty plateau in the heart of Brazil, it was the brainchild of former President Juscelino Kubitschek who envisaged a perfect model metropolis, clean, ordered and, free of favelas, to represent a more modern and progressive country. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but Brasilia is a unique example of urban planning, quite unlike anywhere else in Latin America.
At the other end of the scale is Ouro Preto and its steep cobbled streets, full of history and adorned with beautiful churches, colourful facades and decorative mountains. To visit here is travel back to the 18th century when the city was the epicentre of the Brazilian gold rush and today it still boasts the finest examples of the work of the country's most famous sculptor - o Aleijadinho.
Samba - Discover Rio de Janeiro, Ouro Preto, Brasilia, Manaus and Salvador on this comprehensive introduction to Brazil
There are few better places to explore the natural world than in Brazil, home to the world's largest rainforest, widest waterfall and biggest wetlands. An extraordinary collection of exotic animals and birds make their homes here, offering …Learn More
There are few better places to explore the natural world than in Brazil, home to the world's largest rainforest, widest waterfall and biggest wetlands. An extraordinary collection of exotic animals and birds make their homes here, offering visitors the perfect combination of stunning landscapes and outstanding wildlife activity.
Western Brazil is part of the vast Amazon basin which covers more than one third of the country and is home to an unimaginable variety plants and animals. The Amazon is the planet's largest and most diverse tropical rainforest, covering an area equivalent to Western Europe. Here one can lose themselves in pristine rainforest, staying in small character lodges or river cruising along mighty Amazonian river. The colonial city of Manaus provides access to the isolated region and is known as "The Heart of the Amazon".
Iguassu Falls is one of South America's most extraordinary sights. Watch as vast torrents of water thunder over a horseshoe-shaped natural fault where more than two-hundred and fifty separate cascaded create an awe-inspiring spectacle. The falls lie between Brazil and Argentina, and while the panorama from Brazil is arguably better the Argentinian side allows you to get closer to the action. However to get the full experience of the falls you have to explore both sides.
The Pantanal wetlands are home to an extraordinary variety of wildlife and is a paradise for birdwatchers and nature lovers. Each year the landscape of this watery wonderland is transformed when water level rise to cover the lowland savannah and dense forest to create vast areas of shallow lagoons which provide vast open expanses and offer fantastic opportunities to watch the magnificent array of wildlife.
Aside from the big three, lesser known (but equally as noteworthy) areas of natural beauty include the magical 'desert' landscapes of Lencois do Maranhao and the table-top mountains of Chapada Diamantina, both are easily accessed from the large cities of Sao Luis and Salvador respectively.
Caiman - See nature at its very best in the Amazon and Pantanal on this tour designed to focus specifically on the wildlife and environments of Brazil
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