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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
10 days / 9 nights
The perfect introduction to this colourful and wonderfully diverse country. Explore vibrant Rio de Janeiro and experience nature at its best in the Amazon Rainforest and at Iguassu Falls.
Brazil in Style
10 days / 9 nights
Experience Brazil in style whilst staying at some of the most luxurious hotels in the country on this fabulous private tour.
13 days / 12 nights
The perfect wildlife adventure, combine the northern Pantanal wetlands with a stay at the charming Cristalino Lodge, deep in the Amazon Rainforest.
Buenos Aires to Rio Explorer
17 days / 16 nights
Discover an array of colourful Argentinean attractions, travel to Rio de Janeiro to soak up 'la vida' Brazil style and experience life on a working estancia in Uruguay. South America will reveal itself as a fun, feisty and flamboyant continent that will leave you wanting more.
Brazil Beach Explorer
15 days / 14 nights
Combine Brazil’s iconic Iguassu Falls and lively cities of Rio de Janeiro and Salvador with laidback beach life in picture-perfect ‘Jeri’ and tropical Praia do Forte.
Wonders of Brazil
15 days / 14 nights
This adventure provides the best of Brazil from bustling Rio de Janeiro and cascading Iguassu Falls, to the sensational Pantanal wetlands.
WHERE TO GO IN BRAZIL
Rio de Janeiro
Salvador & Bahia’s Beaches
The North Coast
OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN BRAZIL
Belmond Copacabana Palace
Rio De JaneiroThis Art Deco landmark is undoubtedly Brazil’s most iconic hotel. From the sweeping marble staircase and chandeliers, to the framed black and white photos of famous guests, this grand property radiates 1920s glamour.
Rio De JaneiroWith a wonderful location overlooking the Garota de Ipanema (girl from Ipanema) Park and just a short stroll from both Ipanema and Copacabana Beaches, this is an excellent choice for a stay in Rio. Fantastic ocean views can be enjoyed from the rooftop pool.
Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge
Brazilian AmazonThis charming small lodge is situated on the edge of the River Negro, a few hours’ drive from Manaus. Located adjacent to the stunning Anavilhanas National Park, there are a range of exciting excursions on offer including guided hikes, pink river dolphin tours, piranha fishing and canoe trips along the tranquil water ways. Rooms offer floor to ceiling windows for stunning forest views.
Caiman Ecological Refuge, Pantanal
PantanalIn the heart of the Southern Pantanal, the Caiman Ecological Refuge is part of a huge working cattle ranch and private reserve. The area is home to a wide variety of animal and birdlife which provide plenty of opportunities for fantastic wildlife viewing. The property features two unique lodges, located approximately 14 miles apart. Cordilheira Lodge has 5 suites with a high level of comfort and spacious social areas while Baiazinha Lodge is situated on a lakefront with 6 traditionally decorated rooms. Both lodges have a lounge and dining area, a pool deck overlooking the beautiful surrounding landscape and their own observation towers. With a maximum of 12 guests each, they are among the most intimate accommodation options in the Pantanal. Activities include guided nature walks, canoe trips and jeep safaris. The surrounding area is also home to the elusive jaguar, and a day spent in search of these magnificent big cats can easily be added to a stay at the property.
Belmond das Cataratas
Iguassu FallsBoasting an unrivalled location as the only hotel located within the Iguassu National Park, the Belmond Das Cataratas offers exclusive access to the falls in the evening or at dawn when the park is closed to other visitors. After a busy day of touring, relax by the pool in the extensive grounds or dine in one of the excellent restaurants. Rooms are beautifully appointed and decorated in a classic Portuguese style.
Vila D'Este, Buzios
BuziosBoasting stunning views over the bay, this small and stylish boutique property benefits from a private entrance onto the Orla Bardot promenade for an easy walk to a number of restaurants, bars and boutiques.
THINGS TO DO IN BRAZIL
Half day Sugarloaf
Half day Corcovado
Samba in Rio - Rio Scenarium
Helicopter Over Iguassu Falls
Iguassu Falls Adventure
Paraty Historical Walking Tour
Discover historic Paraty on foot
When is the best time to visit Brazil?
Rio de Janeiro
Top Tips From Our Experts
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
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.
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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