Brazil tailor-made holidays
Brazil is, right now, one of the world's most exciting travel destinations. This vast and diverse country is often described as the sexiest nation on earth and Brazilians certainly know how to have a good time - whether they're playing volleyball on the beach or dancing to the samba beat during the exhilarating Rio Carnival.
A tailor made Brazil holiday is the perfect chance to soak up the atmosphere and explore the country's wonderful attractions.
This is South America's most influential country, one of the world's biggest democracies and a rising economy on the global stage thanks, in a large part, to its abundant natural resources. The Amazon rainforest is its most precious resource and one of the most interesting places to travel to in Brazil, best seen on an expedition river cruise or by staying at a luxury ecolodge deep in the jungle. The spectacular Pantanal wetlands are another Brazil travel highlight, regarded as the country's top destination for watching wildlife, while thundering Iguazu Falls is a third natural attraction not to be missed.
But there's plenty more to discover in this country that covers half a continent and spans both the Equator and the Tropic of Capricorn. Historic colonial cities such as Ouro Preto in Minas Gerais, Olinda in Pernambuco and Salvador in Bahia are other great tailor made travel options. Bahia is Brazil's African soul, the heartland of capoeira and Carnaval. Here, too, can be visited some of the country's best beaches - parts long and languorous, others featuring the top resorts in Brazil. As you'll see there's a tremendous wealth of activities and so much to see throughout the country - but also no better time to visit Brazil than now.
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Where to go in Brazil
Iguazu Falls, on the border between Brazil's Paraná state and Argentina, and surrounded by lush forest, is justly regarded as one of the world's most impressive waterfalls. Iguazu - or Iguaçu in Portuguese - comprises around 275 separate falls, interlinked with verdant river islands.
The Pantanal region of Brazil is the world's largest freshwater wetland and a haven for wildlife. This UNESCO Biosphere Reserve covers a truly enormous area - larger than France and around 20 times the size of the Florida Everglades.
Manaus, deep in the Amazon, is the most popular place for exploring the rainforests of the Brazilian interior. The teeming jungle city is the capital of Amazonas state and sits proudly at the confluence of the Amazon and the Rio Negro. Riverboat cruises and guided wildlife tours are the main attrac…
When to go
Brazil is split into four distinct climatic regions. The coldest part, and the only part that ever gets actually 'cold', is the south and southeast, an area that extends from central Minas Gerais to Rio Grande do Sui. Here there's a distinct winter between June and September that's chilly but mild compared to European or North American winters. Only in Santa Catarina's central highlands does it actually snow. The coastal climate is very good and so supports the majority of the population, who revel in a warm, tropical climate. 'Winter' is characterised by cloudy days and temperatures that dip below 25C and a rainy season sees tropical …
Top itineraries in Brazil
It's time to hit the road on this incredible 13-day self-drive holiday, crossing four states in Brazil's stunning Northeast region - Pernambuco, Alagoas, Sergipe and Bahia.
Belmond is one of the world's leading luxury hotel brands, offering stylish accommodation, immaculate service and stunning facilities in some of the world's most desirable locations.
Experience two of South America’s great cities along with the crashing torrents of the mesmerising Iguazú Falls on this 11-day tailor-made journey.
Top places to stay in Brazil
The beautiful, remote and secluded Caiman Ecological Refuge is part of a 53,000 hectare ranch, located 36 kilometres from the small town of Miranda in the spectacular surrounds of Brazil's Pantanal wetlands, arguably the country's finest wildlife viewing region. This vital centre for nature conserv…
Located just a short walk from the waterfalls, Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas is the only hotel located within the Iguaçu National Park. You can enjoy exclusive access to the National Park at dawn and in the evenings, when it is closed to other visitors.
With over 20,000 miles of coast, there’s plenty to choose from, so we’ve panned through the silt to bring you only the very best in beach stays.
We've wracked our brains and debated long and hard to narrow down our wildlife wishlist to just ten extraordinary experiences; see where we'd go, and if you agree, talk to one of our destination specialists about tailoring your own trip to where the wild things are.
Lots of destinations around the world have a best time to visit or a high season, when the majority of travellers arrive. Whilst these periods can often be driven by good reasons, there are also ways in which a savvy traveller can get away around these months, escape the crowds and save money. We r…
With the 2014 World Cup fast approaching, we thought we'd shine a spotlight on our favourite places to visit in Brazil, and show you how, once the football's over, to see them for yourself
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