Reasons to Visit
Discovering that the indigenous peoples did not take well to forced labour, the colonial Portuguese shipped thousands of Africans to Brazil to work. Upon their emancipation at the end of the 19th Century, Afro Brazilians became integrated into society, resulting in the beautifully diverse people we see today.
From the beautiful towns of Ouro Preto and Tiradentes in Minas Gerais state, Natal and Salvador in the northeast to the cobbled backstreets of Santa Teresa in Rio, there are numerous fine examples of colonial architecture in Brazil. For a different type of architecture the retro designs of Brasilia dating back from the 1950's divides opinion!
With almost 3,000 km of coastline, it isn’t surprising that Brazil has some of the best beaches in Latin America. There’s a beach for every taste, miles of deserted sand and palm trees, havens for surfers, beaches to spot whales and beaches to watch the locals parade themselves in the latest swimwear trends.
One of the world’s most famous celebrations, Brazil’s annual carnival takes place across the country preparing for the start of Lent. Most well-known for the celebrations in Rio, thousands of sequin and feather-clad dancers samba their way through the parade ground.
Football is in the veins of Brazil and seen at every turn. Brazil has given us such footballing greats as Pelé, Ronaldo and Kaka and the love and passion shown by the children passing balls in the street leave little doubt that more stars will follow.
The Amazon rainforest is a haven for wildlife and a must for both nature lovers and those who are simply curious. It covers a vast area of Brazil and can be explored from a number of simple lodges or boats, most of which are easily accessible from the tropical city of Manaus.
For wildlife viewing, there are few better places in the world than the Pantanal between April and September. The animals and birds found here are similar to those found in the nearby Amazon, but they are much easier to spot in the Pantanal. Animals seen here include capybara, caiman, anteater, armadillo, otter, marmoset and even jaguar and puma.
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There are different schools of thought when it comes to travelling to Brazil.
There are those visitors who want to make the most of the country in one visit, and therefore see the main highlights such as Rio, Iguaçu, the Amazon and Salvador. Doing this entails many hours of flying over this vast country (the flight from Sao Paulo to Manaus alone takes four hours), but for the visitor who does not plan to return to Brazil then it is a worthwhile endeavour.
The other idea is to break Brazil up into different regions, and concentrate on a particular area, such as the south, or the northeast.
Our specialists, who are all well-travelled around the country, will be able to advise on the best trip for you and give honest opinions on the many sights that Brazil has to offer.
The official language is Portuguese, English is spoken in the main tourist areas.
Brazil has many different styles of regional cuisine, all of which feature a large variety of exotic spices, flavours and influences. The nearest Brazil gets to a national dish is feijoada, a meat stew cooked with black beans and garlic. Try to sample some of the exotic fruits (many of which only have Brazilian names such as cupuacu and jaboticaba). To drink, try cachaça, a sugar cane rum best enjoyed in a caipirinha, a cocktail with lime, sugar and ice.
Tipping for good service is an accepted fact. Amounts are obviously discretionary.
The Brazilian currency is the real. ATMs are widespread, especially in the major cities. Most machines take all credit cards, as well as Cirrus and Plus cards. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted, as are bank debit cards. If you want to bring traveller's cheques, they should be in US dollars.
Paulo Coelho is probably Brazil's most famous author.
Samba, forró and reggaeton.
'City of God'. Not for the faint hearted but a great film. Do not, whatever you do, let it put you off visiting Rio.
Moquecas in Bahia are to die for! Prawn or seafood in general are the best. Try a Churrascaria - a barbecue restaurant where waiters come round offering you delicious cut after delicious cut of all kinds of meat until you're full to bursting.
Caipirinhas - the stronger the better!
'Saudades', ('happy memories').
Carnival, coffee, Brazil nuts, samba.
Get your authentic Havaiana flip flops for a fraction of the price you can in the UK. Also pick up some Cachaça to recreate caipirinhas at home. Brazil is also great for leather goods and cheap, good quality hammocks and swings, especially in the North East.
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