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.