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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Discover the beautiful architecture in and around Lençois.
The Cariocas (residents of Rio) have a saying that God created the world in seven days, the eighth he devoted to Rio de Janeiro. The sheer beauty of Rio is breathtaking, and the vibrancy is captivating.
The border between Brazil and Argentina is home to one of the world’s greatest natural phenomena. In the midst of a subtropical nature reserve, 275 separate falls crash over a horseshoe-shaped precipice, nearly five kilometres wide and 90 metres high - these are the mighty Iguaçu Falls.
For wildlife viewing, there are few better viewing places in the world than the Pantanal between April and September. The animals and birds here are similar to those found in the nearby Amazon basin, but they are much easier to spot due to the lack of dense jungle.
The Amazon Clipper Premium offers spacious cabins with lower beds and inviting public spaces, but is small enough to dock at remote spots and cruise to hidden locations due to the shallow draft of only three feet.
Fishermen fish from dug out canoes, locals collect shellfish at low tide, schooners lie at anchor, all protected by the famous Bonfim church, one of the most important churches of pilgrimage in Brazil and deeply syncretised with the Candomblé.
Visit Brazil and experience the glamorous beaches of Rio de Janeiro and the thundering Iguaçu Falls. Discover Manaus and the lush rainforest of the Amazon, diverse wildlife in the Pantanal and pure relaxation in Buzios.
12 Days from £2,275pp
Explore the highlights of Brazil's Green Coast including time in Rio de Janeiro, a stay in the colonial town of Paraty and some relaxation on Ilha Grande, one of the country's most famous beach retreats.
12 Days from £2,815pp
Visit three of the most famous areas of Brazil, the Iguacu Falls, the vast Amazon Rainforest and the vibrant city of Rio.
13 1/2 hours (Rio de Janeiro, via Paris)
Air Europa, Air France, British Airways, Iberia & TAM
GMT - 2 hours (Rio de Janeiro)
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