While Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach has the image of Samba dancers, exotic carnival girls, great football, Brazil’s beaches come in a wonderfully eclectic assortment. Some are like the historic old port of Salvador, steeped in the traditions of both European and African cultures. Others are like the laid-back, easy style of Buzios, the “St. Tropez of South America.”

The only Portuguese-speaking country in South America, Brazil offers a cornucopia of adventures that reach well beyond the expected. One of the last great wild places, the primal Amazon rainforest covers almost half of the country. Within this exceptional country survive the country’s 67 indigenous tribes, many of whom are still isolated from the world beyond their territories.Pantanal, in the west, is the world’s largest wetlands. The southeastern Atlantic rainforests are 20 million years older than the Amazon ecosystem. Southern Brazil is grasslands, wetlands, pine forests and the grand Iguassu Falls. Provincial towns like the 500-year-old Olinda and sophisticated cities such as Rio only add to the many charms of a Brazil luxury tour.

but it’s the people that give the country its unique identity. Amazonian indians, Portuguese colonists, African, European and Japanese communities both co-exist independently and fuse into a rich medley of cultures, producing art, architecture, music and dance, coloured with a devil-may-care gaiety. Brazil is a country of extremes.

Travel Info

WHEN TO GO: Time of year is very important in Brazil. High Season for the beaches is from December to March with temperates going up to 35 degrees but be aware there can be heavy downpours owing to the tropical climate. Rio and to the south tends to be cool and dry between June and October. The Amazon is best between May and September however rain is common here all year round with highest rainfall in December and January. The Pantanal Wetlands are best visited between June and September in the drier months.

WHO FOR: Brazil is best suited to people who have time on their hands to explore the very best the country has to offer. It’s for those who want an adventure, a cultural experience and something a bit different.

TYPE OF HOLIDAY: Honeymoon, Trekking, Family Escape, Nature and Wildlife, Culture, Beach Escape, Scuba Diving, Private House rental.

Need to Know

ico-flight  CURRENCY: Brazilian Real

ico-language  LANGUAGE: Portuguese

ico-map  CAPITAL: Brasilia

ico-flight  FLIGHT TIME: 10.45 hrs from UK (Direct from London)

ico-visa   VISA: not needed for UK passport holders

ico-time  TIME DIFFERENCE: GMT – 3 hours

ico-globe  COMBINES WELL WITH: Argentina, Uruguay & Chile

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