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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
Private Tour
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
Private Tour
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.
Wild Brazil
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
Guided Small Group Adventure Tour
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
Private Tour (Private Tour)
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
Guided Small Group Adventure Tour
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

Brazil map
Aerial view of the tall buildings of Copacabana meeting a blue ocean bay dotted with tiny boats and Sugarloaf Mountain peak, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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.
A cobblestone path by the sea and a green lawn lead up to historical Santa Rita Church with rolling hills in the distance in Parati, Brazil
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.
A golden stretch of beach is bordered by a calm azure sea littered with fishing boats and an island in the distance against blue sky, Buzios, Brazil
Búzios
Once a quiet fishing village, the peninsula of Búzios 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.
A panoramic view of a sheet of water cascading over plateaus against boulders and green trees at Iguazu Falls, Brazil
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.
Aerial view of the dark blue Amazon river winding its way through dense green rainforest, Brazil, South America
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.
A close-up of a large, brown, hairy rodent (capybara) enjoying some evening light on the grass during sunset in Pantanal, Brazil
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.
A city of white buildings with terracotta roofs sits surrounded by greenery and rolling hills in the distance, Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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.
A dense curve of tropical trees meets a sweeping golden beach, gentle rolling waves and brilliant blue sky at Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil
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
Two women framed by gentle waves and a wispy sky walk along a sandy beach towards a sand dune in the distance at Jericoacoara, Brazil
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
5 star

Rio De Janeiro

This 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.
Arena Ipanema
3 plus star

Rio De Janeiro

With 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
4 star

Brazilian Amazon

This 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
4 star

Pantanal

In 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
5 star

Iguassu Falls

Boasting 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
4 plus star

Buzios

Boasting 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
Approx 4 hours
  • 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
  • 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
  • Lively neighbourhood of Lapa
  • Popular samba club
  • Fascinating venue

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

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

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

    When is the best time to visit Brazil?

    Brazil Climate Guide
    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

    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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