Brazil

Combining incredible biodiversity, colonial architecture, stunning beaches and a vibrant music and dance scene

The fifth largest country try in the world Brazil is a country of real diversity of landscape and culture.  From the vast wildernesseses of the Amazon and the Pantanal to music, dance and carnivals in its cosmopolitan cities there is something for everyone.  Highlights include:

  • Iguacu Falls – so thunderous they can be heard from miles away, the mighty Cataratas do Iguacu are on the border between Brazil and Argentina.  Enjoy incredible views of the falls as you explore the lush rainforest surrounding them, traverse the elevated walkways or prepare to get wet and take a close-up boat trip
  • The vast floodplains of the Pantanal are home to an incredible variety of wildlife including the elusive jaguar, giant anteaters, capybara, tapirs, ocelots, anaconda and caiman.  Explore on horeseback or by boat
  • The Amazon and its tributaries make up our planet’s largest water system.  Fly to Manaus, Brazil’s gateway to the Amazon rainforest and from there take boat trips to view the wildlife, visit the meeting of the two rivers that become the Amazon, trek in the rainforest and meet the indigenous people
  • No trip to Brazil is complete with out a few days spent in Rio de Janeiro. Relax on the legendary beaches of Copocabana and Ipanema, take the cog train to the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer for fantastic views and ride the cable car to the summit of Sugar Loaf Mountain.  
  • Time your trip to coincide with the world famous Rio  carnival.  Watch as thousands of sequin clad dancers samba to the beat of drums and the cheers of the crowd
  • Four hours south of Rio lies Paraty, an eighteenth century gold rush town with cobbled streets, bougainvillea, hummingbirds and over 60 offshore islands
  • South of Paraty is the Emerald Coast with a multitude of pretty beaches with a lush rainforest backdrop.  At the right time of year you can whale watch from Florianapolis
  • North of Rio, Buzios, once a simple fishing village is now sometimes called the St Tropez of Brazil.  With over twenty beaches it is a great place to rest after arrival in Brazil and soak up the sun before venturing further afield
  • in north eastern Brazil you will find the national park of Lencois Maranhenses with its spectacular sweeping white sand dunes, dotted with turquoise pools
  • Flying time: 11hours 40 minutes to Rio de Janeiro
  • Time difference: -4 hours
  • Currency: Brazilian Real
  • Best time of year to travel: Year round

Ideas for a trip to Brazil

Here are some ideas for trips to Sri Lanka all of which can be adapted for you and we are always happy to create a bespoke trip from scratch

Highlights of Brazil

from £3499 per person
Our 15-day Highlights of Brazil holiday takes in some of the country's top attractions including Rio de Janeiro, the Amazon Rainforest and the almighty Iguacu Falls. You will begin your holiday in Rio de Janeiro near the world-famous Copacabana Beach before heading off to a jungle lodge deep in the Amazon. Your journey then continues on to the almighty Iguacu Falls before finishing with some beach time in Buzios. This 15-day holiday is a great combination of destinations and experiences for a first-time visit to Brazil.

Brazil Wildlife Discovery

from £2699 per person
Discover the spectacular wildlife of Brazil For wildlife and birdlife enthusiasts, there are no better places to visit than the Amazon Rainforest and the Pantanal. On this fantastic 11-day Brazil Wildlife Discovery, you will spend your time discovering both! In the depths of the Amazon Rainforest, you will stay in a rustic lodge and discover the secrets of the jungle on excursions with their fantastic guides. In the heart of the Pantanal, you will stay at an exclusive eco-lodge that has been key to the conservation of this part of the Pantanal over the years. With their expert guides, you will see some of South Americas best spots for wildlife.

North East Brazil - Dunes & Lagoons

from £1395 per person (flights excl)
Small group tour visiting the North Eastern coastline of Brazil, otherwise known as the "Route of the Emotions", one of the country’s best kept secrets. This off-the-beaten track region is home to surreal, sandy landscapes, dunes and lagoons. Travel through three different states of Brazil (from Maranhão and Piauí to Ceará) on an action packed, adventurous journey, travelling by 4WD, boat, jeeps and dune buggies. Spend time exploring the crystalline pools and sand dunes of the famous Lençois Maranhenses National Park, spotting wildlife on the Parnaiba delta, passing through sleepy fishing villages and sipping coconuts on the beaches of laid-back Jericoacoara.

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British nationals can normally enter Brazil without a visa as a tourist. For further information about visas, see the Foreign Office’s Brazil pages 

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