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Brazil

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 insider tips for Brazil

Laura

Fresh coconut milk 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.

Chris

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

Tom

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

Jenny Powles

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

Adam Calladine

Venturing out on a safari into the swamps and savannah of the Pantanal, sprawling wetlands with a huge variety of birds, reptiles and mammals on display.

Annerys Hockley

Ticking off a visiting card of graceful Portuguese colonial towns rich with baroque art and architecture: Ouro Prêto, Paratí, Olinda and Lençóis are among the loveliest.

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  • Client Comments

    Amazing!!

    “Wow, so many it's hard to choose the most memorable aspect. Sunrise on the lake in the Pantanal was just wonderful. The exhilaration of standing at the devil's throat on the Argentinian side of Iguacu falls. Having the Brazilian Iguacu trail all to ourselves at sunset, when the park was closed but we could still stroll out of our hotel and soak up the view. Seeing wild toucans at Iguacu. Having a family of capybaras living outside our hut in the Pantanal and seeing wild macaws and howler monkeys. We had a great time on the plane from Salvador to Morro de Sao Paulo - tiny but brilliant views and very exciting. We also loved our boat trip around the islands and beaches near Paraty. We took a small sailing boat which made it extremely peaceful. The boat trip at Iguacu was also fantastic but be warned you do get completely soaked. Having a hot tub in our living room at Vila dos Orixas!”

    TH, Arsenal | June 2013
  • Client Comments

    Endless memories!

    "Rio - the ultimate party city. The Pantanal - fascinating wildlife. Iguacu - Wow ! And the Andes - Incredible. We ran out of superlatives to describe what we were seeing.”

    PM, Stamford Brook | March 2014
  • Client Comments

    Wonderful

    “Iguazu Falls, both sides spectacular, getting a flavour of Rio and being taken such good care of as a single traveller.”

    MB, Thatcham | June 2013
  • Client Comments

    Excellent service!

    “Expert help in tailoring a holiday that took in the nature of the country (the Amazon), the cities (Manaus, Rio and Salvador) and the idyllic beaches of Bahia - all in a not overly rushed two weeks.”

    DA, West Norwood | June 2013
  • Client Comments

    Most memorable experience: "There are too many! looking down from Christ the Redeemer at sun set in Rio, using the local buses to get about town, sitting at an outdoor cafe on Ilha Grande and swimming in the natural pool outside of Paraty."

    ZB, London | June 2014 | Under 35 | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    "Where to start? The World Cup match in Salvador, the old town of Salvador itself, swimming with wild dolphins in Praia de Pipa, watching monkeys play at breakfast, piranha fishing then feeding caimans in the Pantanal, playing football on Copacabana beach, seeing Christ the Redeemer for the first time, dancing in Rio Sanarium, all the Brazilian people we met who were so friendly. The best holiday we have ever been on."

    LM, London | August 2014 | 35 - 50
  • Client Comments

    "All of it was memorable, the Hotel were the perfect choice and the guides were knowledgeable and very helpful. The Falls were breath-taking and listening to the falls and bird in the park in the morning was fantastic. Listening to the waves at Copacabana was great at night ad in the morning. They ensured we were checked in for our flights and willing to offer us guidance to ensure we have covered various experiences."

    BS, Harrow | December 2014 | 35 - 50
  • Client Comments

    "Our trip was most enjoyable particularly because of the wide variety of locations and experiences. Difficult to pick out the most memorable - but the Anavilhanas l Lodge was quite outstanding."

    PA, Bourne End | December 2014 | 50 - 65
  • Client Comments

    "This trip was memorable from start to finish. We will definitely be visiting Brazil again."

    JH, Dorking | March 2015 | 65 and over | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    Most memorable experience: "The contrast between city, wildlife and the beach."

    JB, Leicester | April 2015 | Under 35 | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    Most memorable experience: "Hard to say it was all wonderful. Looking for alligators in a minute boat in the dark with eyes peering at you from out of the reeds, took a bit of beating. Also the boat whizzing around under the falls was  very special. The guides did a great job and it was great not being in a large group. I can't speak highly enough of the whole trip."

    VM, Shoreham-by-Sea | May 2015 | 65 and over | Family
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