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Colonial style architecture in Salvador

Things to do in Brazil

Home to one of the most extravagant carnivals on Earth, as well as intoxicating cities, thundering waterfalls, and the mighty Amazon rainforest, Brazil offers a wealth of experiences for visitors.

Take in the panoramic views of Iguaçu Falls on a walking tour, explore the churches and museums of Pelourinho - the historic heart of Salvador, and experience the atmosphere of a football match at the huge Maracana Stadium in Rio. Elsewhere, you can set sail on a cruise of the Amazon aboard the Amazon Clipper Premium, take a buggy to explore the extensive sand dunes that surround Natal on Brazil's north coast, or trek to the Cachoeira de Fumaça waterfall – with a drop of 400 metres - in Chapada Diamantina.

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Ideas for experiencing Brazil

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Brazil, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • Salvador, Brazil

    Salvador City Tour


    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.

  • Iguacu Falls

    Iguaçu Falls Walking Tour

    Iguaçu Falls

    The finest overall view of the falls is from the Brazilian side, as it is said that 'Argentina puts on the show and Brazil enjoys the view'.

  • Macuco Safari

    Macuco Safari

    Iguaçu Falls

    Travel through the dense raninforest to Iguacu Falls, where you get to experience the waterfalls close up.

  • Lencois Maranhenses National Park

    Lençóis Maranheses National Park

    Sao Luís & Lençóis Maranhenses National Park

    Visit some of the following lakes: Lagoa Esperança, Lagoa Bonita and Lagoa Azul where you will have the opportunity to swim in the turquoise waters and relax on the white sands.

  • Chapada Diamantina, Brazil

    Cachoeira da Fumaça Trek

    Lençois & Chapada Diamantina

    Cachoeira da Fumaça is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Brazil, with a magnificent drop of 400 metres. In the driest part of the year the water doesn't actually reach the bottom, evaporating into 'fumaça' - smoke, on the way down.

  • Climbing Sugarloaf Mountain, with views to Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro

    Sugar Loaf Mountain Climb

    Rio de Janeiro

    Stroll along a beautiful shoreline pedestrian path, popular with walkers and joggers. This is followed by a weaving hike up a trail with wonderful views of Rio's bay followed by a short (approximately 25m) but challenging section of rock climbing.

  • Ouro Preto

    Ouro Preto Walking Tour

    Minas Gerais

    Take a walking tour up and down the steep and cobbled streets of Ouro Preto, a masterpiece of colonial architecture.

  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Rio by Night

    Rio de Janeiro

    There is no other place in Rio that embodies the 'alegria' or happiness of the Brazilian people more than the nightlife scene in the neighbourhood of Lapa.

  • Natal, Brazil

    North Coast by Buggy

    Natal & Around

    Pass the beaches of Redinha and Genipabu, one of the most sought-after beaches in Brazil. Here you take a tour of its spectacular sand dunes, you may also come across some secluded lagoons, perfect for a cooling dip!

  • Maracana stadium, Rio de Janeiro

    Maracanã Football Match

    Rio de Janeiro

    The Maracanã football stadium was built in 1950 for the World Cup and is the biggest stadium of its kind, holding at one point, before terraces were converted to seating, more than 200,000 fans.

  • Amazon Clipper Premium, Amazon Brazil

    Amazon Clipper Premium Cruise


    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.

  • Brasilia, Brazil

    Brasília City Tour


    The city tour will visit the most interesting points of the Brasília including some of the residential neighbourhoods, initially built for government workers then sold off privately.

  • Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro

    Cycling Tour of Rio's Beaches

    Rio de Janeiro

    The beaches are an excellent place to watch cariocas jogging, strutting and walking their poodles in the sunshine. You set the pace and if there is time you will also be able to circle the Lagoa before returning to your hotel.