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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Located some 30 km from Manaus is the Amazon Village, a hide-out for a comprehensive and interesting jungle adventure surrounded by nature's old forest: the Amazon jungle.
Located some 30 km from Manaus is the Amazon Village, a hide-out for a comprehensive and interesting jungle adventure surrounded by nature's old forest: the Amazon jungle. Set on the bank of one of the Amazon's innumerable tributaries, the Amazon Village has 32 wooden bungalows built amongst the trees and equipped with 2 rooms each with twin beds and private bathroom facilities. The larger central building houses the reception, restaurant facilities and leisure area.
Our tailor-made trips to the Amazon rainforest are designed to incorporate your own personal interests. Whether you want to embark on a wildlife-watching hike through the jungles of Brazil, meet indigenous communities in Peru or try your hand at piranha fishing in Ecuador, our specialists have the knowledge to help you plan your dream Amazon holiday.
The two rivers that are adjacent to Manaus, the Rio Solimões and the Rio Negro, merge to form what we know as the mighty Amazon River, which is ten kilometres wide even here, 1600 kilometres from the Atlantic.
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