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Brazil Holidays


Holidays to Brazil promise magnificent natural spectacles, vibrant cities and glorious beaches.

Rio de Janeiro boasts world famous beaches, the epic carnival in February and iconic views. It calls itself the ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’ (Marvellous City) and it’s hard not to agree.

Follow the samba drums north to sizzling Salvador, a city infused with music and colour and the gateway to hundreds of miles of golden sands.

Iguassu roughly translated means ‘Big Water’ and there can scarcely be a more appropriate description for the 275 separate waterfalls that form a decisive border between Brazil and Argentina in an epic rainforest setting.

Such is the power and intensity of the falls that approaching the famous Devils Throat along the wooden boardwalk is like walking the plank over the ends of the earth.

The Amazon basin spreads out over nine countries and has the most diverse and delicate ecosystem on the planet.

A few days in a jungle lodge or on a river boat is an enthralling experience The less well known, but no less impressive, Pantanal Wetlands is a vast area renowned for outstanding wildlife encounters in a pristine wilderness.

OUR HOLIDAYS TO BRAZIL

Classic Brazil
10 days / 9 nights
from €2,196
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Iguassu Falls
  • Amazon Rainforest

  • Brazil in Style
    10 days / 9 nights
    from €2,935
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Iguassu Falls
  • Búzios

  • Wild Brazil
    13 days / 12 nights
    from €4,948
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Pantanal
  • Cristalino Lodge
  • Iguassu Falls

  • Buenos Aires to Rio Explorer
    17 days / 16 nights
    from €2,455
  • Travel to funky Palermo in Buenos Aires
  • Experience farm life during a Uruguayan estancia stay
  • Visit Rio de Janeiro and party with the locals
  • See the Iguazu River crash into the Garganta do Diablo
  • Enjoy the laidback city of Montevideo
  • Discover Brazil's most beautiful beaches on Ilha Grande
  • Get lost in the backstreets of Colonia

  • Brazil Beach Explorer
    15 days / 14 nights
    from €3,138
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Iguassu Falls
  • Jericoacoara
  • Salvador
  • Praia do Forte

  • Wonders of Brazil
    15 days / 14 nights
    from €2,124
  • Discover the highlights of Rio de Janeiro
  • Explore colonial Paraty
  • Visit the breathtaking Iguassu Falls
  • Witness the immense Pantanal wetlands

  • WHERE TO GO IN BRAZIL

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    Bay view, Rio de Janeiro
    Rio de Janeiro
    Few cities can compare with the beauty of Rio de Janeiro. The huge statue of Christ the Redeemer watches over the city from the top of Corcovado whilst Sugar Loaf Mountain rises majestically from Guanabara Bay. The city is framed by jungle covered mountains and lined by world famous beaches which form an important part of daily life for Rio’s residents (Cariocas). A few days in Rio is an essential part of any visit to Brazil.
    Paraty
    Paraty
    Brazil’s Costa Verde (Green Coast) is known for its lush forest and sparkling jade-coloured ocean. It is also home to the romantic town of Paraty which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a visit here is like stepping back in time. The car-free historical centre has a relaxed feel and due to the irregular cobblestone streets, there is no option other than to explore at a leisurely pace.
    Buzios
    Buzios
    Once a quiet fishing village, the peninsula of Buzios is now a sophisticated resort made famous by Brigette Bardot in the 1960s. There are over 20 beaches on the peninsula which range from hidden coves to long sweeping golden sands, including the popular Geribá beach. At the heart of the town centre is the Rua das Pedras which by day is a pleasant shopping street and at night is bursting with restaurants and bars.
    Iguassu Falls
    Iguassu Falls
    Iguassu Falls is undoubtedly one of the greatest natural wonders of South America. There are 275 individual waterfalls which sit on the border of Brazil and Argentina in a magnificent rainforest setting. Each country boasts a national park plus scenic walkways which offer a number of panoramic viewpoints. For a unique experience, take to the skies with a thrilling helicopter ride. If the sun is shining look out for rainbows in the spray as these powerful falls crash into the river below.
    Amazon Rainforest
    Amazon Rainforest
    The Amazon region is home to the largest rainforest in the world and although it spans nine countries, approximately 60% is located in Brazil. The dense jungle can make wildlife viewing a challenge but spending a few days in this vast wilderness, either in a lodge or navigating the waterways on an Amazon cruise boat, will be an experience like no other. The sprawling city of Manaus, once one of Brazil’s richest cities during the rubber boom, is the gateway to this incredible destination.
    Pantanal Wetlands
    Pantanal Wetlands
    Due to its wide open spaces, the Pantanal is considered to be one of the best places for wildlife and bird watching in Brazil. These huge wetlands are seasonally flooded which provides a rich environment with an astonishing amount of wildlife including caimans, capybaras, brightly coloured macaws and even jaguars. This area is best visited in the dry season from April to September. During this period the temperatures are pleasant and the floodwaters are retreating, allowing for greater wildlife viewing.
    Minas Gerais
    Minas Gerais
    The historic towns in the state of Minas Gerais were founded in the gold rush during the 17th and 18th Centuries and today many still contain wonderful examples of Baroque churches, art and architecture. Ouro Preto is a beautifully preserved town, and with ornate churches sitting grandly on the hilltops, there is no shortage of picturesque views. Tiradentes is an enchanting town with horse drawn carriages rattling over cobblestone streets, antique stores and quaint historic buildings.
    Salvador & Bahia’s Beaches
    Salvador & Bahia’s Beaches
    Salvador is one of the oldest and most vibrant cities in Brazil and is the state capital of Bahia. The music, cuisine and religion reflects its diverse history of Brazilian, Portuguese and African cultural influences. Pastel coloured buildings line the streets of the historic Pelourinho district and street performers regularly demonstrate capoeira, a martial art dance which originated from Bahia’s African slave trade. The state of Bahia boasts stunning beaches from Trancoso in the south to Praia do Forte in the north
    The North Coast
    The North Coast
    The north coast offers some of Brazil’s hidden gems. The Lençois Maranhenses National Park is famed for its sweeping white sand dunes dotted with sparkling turquoise lagoons which are at their fullest from Jun - Sep. Jericoacoara is a popular destination and this small fishing village evokes a simpler way of life where the streets are paved with sand and dunes stretch as far as the eye can see. In contrast, the historic city of Sao Luis has a lively feel with markets, restaurants and museums.

    OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN BRAZIL

    Belmond Copacabana Palace
    Rio De Janeiro
    from €468
  • 3 restaurants
  • Large pool
  • Spa
  • Tennis court
  • Beach service

  • Arena Ipanema
    Rio De Janeiro
  • Bistro & bar
  • Rooftop pool
  • Gym

  • Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge
    Brazilian Amazon
  • Pool
  • 13m high observation deck
  • Restaurant
  • Floating deck with bar

  • Caiman Ecological Refuge, Pantanal
    Pantanal
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Lounge
  • Observation towers

  • Belmond das Cataratas
    Iguassu Falls
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Tennis court
  • 2 restaurants

  • Vila D'Este, Buzios
    Buzios
  • Intimate property
  • 2 pools
  • Massage room
  • Restaurant & bar

  • THINGS TO DO IN BRAZIL

    Half day Sugarloaf
    Approx 4 hours
    from €72
  • Enjoy 360 degree views over the beautiful city of Rio, beaches and Guanabara Bay
  • Get close to one of the city's most iconic landmarks

  • Half day Corcovado
    Approx 4 hours
    from €68
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the beautiful city of Rio
  • Get close to one of the city's most iconic landmarks

  • Samba in Rio - Rio Scenarium
    Approx 4 hours
    from €114
  • Lively neighbourhood of Lapa
  • Popular samba club
  • Fascinating venue

  • Helicopter Over Iguassu Falls
    Approx 1 hour
    from €182
  • Spectacular view of Iguassu Falls
  • 10 minute flight

  • Iguassu Falls Adventure
    Approx 4 hours
    from €96
  • Thrilling jet boat ride
  • Brazilian falls tour

  • Paraty Historical Walking Tour
    Approx 1.5 hours
    from €44
    Discover historic Paraty on foot

    When is the best time to visit Brazil?

    Amazon

    JAN

    31
    4h  27cm

    FEB

    31
    3h  29cm

    MAR

    31
    3h  32cm

    APR

    31
    4h  31cm

    MAY

    31
    5h  24cm

    JUN

    31
    6h  11cm

    JUL

    32
    7h  9cm

    AUG

    33
    7h  6cm

    SEP

    33
    5h  8cm

    OCT

    33
    6h  12cm

    NOV

    32
    5h  18cm

    DEC

    32
    4h  22cm
    Iguassu

    JAN

    32
    6h  17cm

    FEB

    32
    6h  15cm

    MAR

    31
    5h  16cm

    APR

    27
    5h  15cm

    MAY

    24
    5h  15cm

    JUN

    22
    5h  14cm

    JUL

    23
    5h  9cm

    AUG

    24
    4h  11cm

    SEP

    26
    4h  15cm

    OCT

    29
    5h  20cm

    NOV

    31
    7h  14cm

    DEC

    32
    7h  16cm
    Rio de Janeiro

    JAN

    30
    6h  20cm

    FEB

    30
    7h  19cm

    MAR

    29
    6h  18cm

    APR

    27
    6h  15cm

    MAY

    26
    6h  11cm

    JUN

    25
    6h  7cm

    JUL

    24
    6h  7cm

    AUG

    25
    6h  8cm

    SEP

    25
    5h  10cm

    OCT

    26
    5h  13cm

    NOV

    27
    5h  16cm

    DEC

    28
    5h  21cm
    Salvador

    JAN

    31
    8h  9cm

    FEB

    31
    7h  11cm

    MAR

    31
    7h  19cm

    APR

    29
    6h  27cm

    MAY

    28
    6h  32cm

    JUN

    27
    5h  23cm

    JUL

    26
    6h  20cm

    AUG

    27
    6h  16cm

    SEP

    28
    6h  8cm

    OCT

    29
    7h  8cm

    NOV

    29
    7h  14cm

    DEC

    30
    7h  12cm
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    Top Tips From Our Experts

    Expert Travel Consultants
    Harriet Simpson

    The Friday night street party in Rios's Lapa district is an absolute must! It's sure to be a fun filled night of getting to know the friendly locals and dancing along to live samba beats

    Expert Travel Consultants
    Ciaran Brady

    Take a few days to chill out on the stunning Ilha Grande. Make sure to get out and exlpore the island, taking a moderate trek from Abraao to the amazing Lopes Mendes Beach is a great little day out.

    Expert Travel Consultants
    Dave Biffen

    If visiting Iguassu Falls, consider upgrading to the fabulous Belmond Das Cataratas hotel. This historic property overlooks the Brazilian side of the falls, and gives unrivalled access to the site after hours. There's something very special about taking in one of the great natural wonders of the world with just a few squirrels for company....

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    Brazil Fast Facts

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    Time Zone

    GMT
    -3 hours

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    Flight Time to Brazil

    Approx
    11¾ hours

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    Currency

    Brazilian Real

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