Holidays to Brazil cannot fail to impress. There are few countries where the people are so welcoming and nature so impressive, you simply can’t escape the country’s many extraordinary sights and sounds. Rio de Janeiro has an incomparable setting with iconic beaches right in the heart of the city and its exuberant Carnival is legendary. Then there’s the rush of the waters over the Devils' Throat at the Iguazu Falls, the call of exotic birds and monkeys in the steamy jungles of the Amazon Rainforest or the samba dancers in full flow in their flamboyant costumes. Contrast this with the tranquillity of the coast with its vast, golden beaches stretching over 7000 km from north to south and you will find an array of exciting experiences that make Brazil holidays extra special. But equally beguiling is the country’s incredibly diverse cuisine, music and religions - the product of Brazil’s mixed Amerindian, European and African heritage.
Choosing where to start is a challenge, but for many Rio de Janeiro is inevitably the number one attraction on most Brazil holidays - it's an extraordinary place, full of energy with an unparalleled gorgeous beach setting. Both by night and by day Rio is an exciting city, and with arms outstretched, the iconic statute of Christ the Redeemer watches over it all. Far below lie two of the most famous beaches in the world, Copacabana and Ipanema. Several hours from Rio there are smaller resorts such as Ilha Grande and quaint Paraty to the south and Buzios to the east. Read more about holidays to Rio de Janeiro here.
Equally captivating, another ‘must see’ is the magnificent Iguazu Falls (also spelt Iguaçu). Reached from Brazil or Argentina, world-famous Iguassu is an astonishing natural wonder that is a mainstay of many Brazil holidays - most visitors fly from Rio to Iguassu International Airport and stay either in the national park at the Hotel Das Cateratas or in a comfortable eco-lodge within easy driving distance.
Although you can visit the Amazon from several South American countries, its most famous home is in Brazil. The Amazon offers a unique experience for those wishing to explore the hidden world within the rainforest canopy on holidays to Brazil. Brazil’s Amazon is not only a paradise for bird-watchers and nature lovers, but also provides great opportunities to experience and learn about the cultures of the people who have traditionally lived in the rainforest. The city of Manaus is the most well known gateway to the Amazon and from here many river lodges can be reached by boat. Less heralded than the Amazon, the Pantanal is one of the world’s largest wetland areas and the best place to see wildlife.
Brazil is a vast country bursting at the seams with enticements for every type of traveller – from world-famous beaches, dense rainforest and diverse wildlife, to dynamic cities and a fun-loving culture that will have you smiling the moment you step off the plane! No wonder Brazil holidays top our list of outstanding places to visit in the region.