Overview & Highlights

On our Covid-conscious Trailblazer holiday we step beyond the beach to visit Brazil’s backcountry including the remote, former diamond lands of the Chapada Diamantina and the Pantanal where, far from the madding crowd, you’re more likely to run into a solitary cowboy, caiman or capybara.

  • Wildlife spotting from Pantanal lodge
  • Full Day highlights tour of the Chapada Diamantina
  • City tour of Brasilia

While Brazil’s popular image revolves around its vibrant cities, Carnival atmosphere and beach culture, much of the country’s interior is worlds away, wild and empty. Delve deep inside Bahia state to the Chapada Diamantina mountains, a primeval landscape of table mountains, caves and waterfalls, with chances to go walking and glimpse backcountry life. Onwards to an isolated lodge in the tropical wetlands of the Pantanal for immersion in one of the world’s most important wildlife refuges, where you’ll be accompanied by an expert guide and spotter. Brazil’s cities and beaches by no means shunned. We drop in on Unesco-listed capital Brasilia, emerging from the bush as possibly the world’s most designed - and spacious - capital city. Praia do Forte’s deserted palm-fringed sands stretch for miles and yet are close enough for a visit to colonial Salvador. Finally, Rio’s iconic views are within day-tripping distance of the last stop, Barra da Tijuca.

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Trailblazer Brazil

As the world begins to open up again, we have put together a selection of covid-conscious itineraries specifically designed for travels in these times. Our Trailblazer Brazil holiday stays in carefully selected locations that avoid the crowds, allowing you to see the highlights whilst always staying within your comfort zone.

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