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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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.
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, the earth seems to open up and 275 separate falls crash over a horseshoe-shaped precipice, nearly five kilometres wide and 90 metres high.
Spectacular all year round, we recommend two days here to fully explore the falls on both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides.
The network of walkways on the Brazilian side provides some wonderful panoramas of this powerful show, often framed by rainbows. The surrounding vegetation of the park is also home to a rich diversity of wildlife species, and so marvelling at the breathtaking views can be interspersed with close encounters with the array of birdlife and mammals, which includes tapirs, capuchin monkeys and the coatamundi, a relation of the racoon.
Other activities include a boat safari, which powers up the river to the foot of the falls (and sometimes beyond).
12 days from £2,815pp
15 days from £3,810pp
11 days from £2,195pp
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