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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Pousada Picinguaba is the perfect hideaway destination. Located in a sleepy fishing village just south of Paraty, it is surrounded by stunning beaches and verdant rainforest.
The perfect place to unwind, Pousada Picinguaba is a former convent, surrounded by lush tropical gardens, perched above a sleepy, but working fishing village and looking out onto crystal waters.
Simply but stylishly decorated, the rooms are quite small but are decorated with local crafts and materials. The communal areas are charming and the restaurant serves set menu meals made from delicious local produce. Wine here is expensive but the atmosphere makes up for this.
A stay here is all about relaxation. There is no mobile phone signal, no internet and no televisions in the rooms but as well as relaxing at the pool, or walking to the beach, guests can take advantage of the pousada's schooner in which they can visit local islands or go on short cruises.
A gorgeous little town, the centre of which has remained virtually unchanged for hundreds of years, Paraty today is a UNESCO recognised national monument and a fantastic place to explore.
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