If you’re searching for the perfect beach escape, the Caribbean might be the first place that comes to mind. However, it’s important to bear in mind that our summer months coincide with the Caribbean’s rainy season. A more favourable option might be to visit Brazil as the rainy season will have come to an end at the beaches of the northeast and the weather is pleasant and dry in Rio de Janeiro.
This summer we’ve created an exclusive One-off Escorted Group Family Departure: Family North-East Brazil. This holiday visits the most exotic region of the country giving you and your family a unique opportunity to explore the laid-back and contrasting attractions. Flying straight to culturally rich Salvador, guided excursions in the colonial centre will give an insight into the strong African and Portuguese influence across the city. A short drive will take you to the Chapada Diamantina National Park, a beautiful, sparsely populated area of humid tropical forest dotted with steep-cliffed table top mountains. The rest of the holiday will be spent in the Lençois Maranheses National Park and Jericoacoara where there are endless expanses of intact sand dunes and clear water lagoons.
If you’re looking for a more comprehensive holiday, our Family Brazil: Waterfalls, rivers and rainforest holiday captures the best of Brazil starting off in Rio de Janeiro where you have a few days to discover some of the city’s iconic landmarks such as Christ the Redeemer and Copacabana Beach before heading off to the extraordinary Iguazú Falls and Amazon. Your time in the Amazon will be spent exploring the contrasting city of Manaus and the excursions throughout the jungle where a guide will identify birds, mammals, insects and medicinal plants. The trip then comes to an end with a few days in the palm-fringed beaches of Praia do Forte where we recommend a visit to the national turtle preservation program for a rewarding and memorable wildlife experience.
If you’re a wildlife enthusiast the UK’s summer months are an ideal time to discover Darwin’s Galápagos Islands (July in particular is great for whale watching and the sea-lions begin to pup in August).
Our Family Ecuador and Galápagos: Amazonian tribe and wildlife encounters will inspire and educate as well as provide fun-packed outdoor activities in extraordinary landscapes that the whole family will enjoy. The holiday begins in Ecuador’s capital city, Quito, with a walking tour taking in the colonial highlights before heading off to the Amazon on a scenic journey that will take you across the Pan-American Highway dubbed the Avenue of Volcanoes for the regiment of snow-capped cones. On arrival you will have the exceptional and privileged experience of meeting the Huaorani Amazon Indians. From there you will head on to the Galápagos where each day will be spent on a different island in the archipelago with hikes across volcanoes, whale watching, snorkelling and looking out for spectacular wildlife such as bluefooted boobies, sealions and penguins.
Andean countries such as Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador are great during our summer months: the rainy season has finished so you’ll see the landscape at its greenest and lushest and the weather is favourable as the drier months start to set in.
If you have adventurous teens who enjoy thrilling activities, our Active Peru: Cycling, rafting and the Inca Trail will give you a deeper perspective on rural Peru than a standard tour. Spend a day in Peru’s dynamic capital, Lima, before heading off to the Sacred Valley where you can get an insight into life in a traditional weaving community and a full day scenic bike ride to Inca archaeological site Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Day 6-7 of the holiday sees you setting off on the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, where you will have a guided tour of the citadel. From here you will head on to the former Inca capital, Cusco, for a tour of the city centre and end your trip with an exhilarating rafting experience in the Apurimac Canyon, classified as one of the world’s top 10 rafting rivers.
Why not take a look at our full list of Family holidays or call us on 020 8747 8315 for more information about when and where is best to go for your perfect family holiday?