Búzios and its beaches are an ideal place to relax after time in Rio de Janeiro, which is relatively close in Brazilian terms, a hundred miles or so. But while Rio is famous for chaotic charm, Búzios is all about chilled out charm, a place for a restorative beach holiday.
Pause here in the middle of a tailor-made trip to recharge at one of its 23 beaches during the sunny days or at one of its 100 bars as evening falls - these and the many restaurants and clubs stay open well into the early morning hours. This might be expected of a resort first made popular by the arrival of Brigitte Bardot and that was once seen as a Latin and unspoilt St Tropez. When she visited, in the Sixties, Búzios was a picturesque fishing village, sleepy amid the sandy beaches.
Long before that Búzios was settled by European pirates and slave traders - now it's buzzy and sophisticated, although no St Tropez, with most bars and boutiques lining the sweet and small main street, Rua das Pedras, which is also home to a kitsch brass homage to Bardot.
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“Poor Niagara,” was all Eleanor Roosevelt could manage upon seeing spectacular Iguazu Falls. The 200 or more cascades that thunder over an 80m cliff, surrounded by lush tropical jungle, easily eclipse their northerly rival.
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