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Samba, carnival, football and beaches―this is the popular image of Brazil. But behind its endless palm-fringed coastline lies a huge variety of scenery from steaming tropical rainforests to the sunlit slopes of the southern vineyards.

There’s plenty of exotic wildlife on display but it’s the people that give the country its unique identity. Amazonian indians, Portuguese colonists, African, European and Japanese communities both co-exist independently and fuse into a rich medley of cultures, producing art, architecture, music and dance, coloured with a devil-may-care gaiety. Brazil is a country of extremes but today has a robust emergent economy.

There’s a comprehensive network of roads and air routes covering the huge distances. Many attractions have been developed sensitively for tourism; others left in their natural state. There’s a huge range of accommodation and a relaxed, informal and friendly welcome everywhere.

Our holidays to Brazil

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Jacana

Jacana: Crossing the continent

19 days from £2888pp

Brazil Wildlife: Jaguars of the Pantanal

Brazil Wildlife: Jaguars of the Pantanal

11 days from £5299pp

Jeri

Brazil Off the Beaten Track: Pantanal, dunes and lagoons

15 days from £5049pp

Colourful houses in La Boca, Buenos Aires

Value Iguazú Falls: Buenos Aires to Rio

10 days from £1447pp

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Language

Brazilian Portuguese

Time difference

GMT -3 hours

Key Events

Carnival

Olympic Games

Paralympic Games

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Our insider tips for Brazil

Fresh coconut water drink in hand, strolling along the promenade of Copacabana Beach in the world’s most beautiful and exuberant Rio de Janeiro, within sight of the Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Laura

Laura Rendell-Dunn

Boggling at Iguazú Falls, the continent’s top natural attraction, a vast complex of frothing cascades fringed by tropical rainforest.

Chris

Chris Rendell-Dunn

In a silent canoe, gliding down the River Amazon and its tributaries, enthralled by the sounds of the jungle from the canopy foliage to the forest floor

Tom

Tom Johnson-Sabine

Watching an impromptu capoeira dance in African-influenced Bahia state, its atmospheric capital, Salvador, and its glorious white-sand beaches.

Jenny Powles

Jenny Powles

What our experts say

I have visited every one of Brazil's States except one - Acre, which borders Bolivia. I'll have to go back for that one! Seriously though, don't try to visit too much in Brazil in one visit, you won't do it justice. Your priorities will be dictated by your interests, but I would say highlights not to be missed (over several trips) are: an Amazon cruise on the Tucano alongside a few days in the wildlife rich Pantanal; a visit to Iguazú Falls and the far south mountains, canyons and beaches by hire car;  Rio de Janeiro combined with the colonial towns of Ouro Preto and the beaches of the emerald coast, and a tour of the northeast including Salvador and the interior tablelands of Chapada Diamantina.

Claire Milner

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