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An intoxicating land of natural wonders
Sun-kissed beaches, spectacular natural wonders and samba rhythms... Brazil never fails to charm and delight its visitors.
Experience the pulsating excitement of Rio or the tranquillity of Costa Do Sauipe, the unspoilt beauty of Amazonia or the breathtaking tumbling waters of Iguaçu Falls, futuristic Brasilia or centuries-old Salvador. Whatever your travelling interests, Brazil has a dream holiday for you.
Best time to visit
• Depending on when and where you are in this vast country, a whole range of conditions can be expected.
• Hot and humid conditions can be experienced year round in the Amazon.
• The Pantanal is best visited between April and November.
• The high season in Rio de Janeiro is during the Southern Hemisphere summer months of December to March. The city will be more crowded at this time and in the winter months (June-July) temperatures can still be quite pleasant.
Rio de Janeiro is the heartbeat of Brazil. This lively, vibrant, sometimes hectic city and its citizens have a genuine passion for life and music. Truly mesmerising panoramic views can be seen from Brazilian icon Christ the Redeemer, which stands 2,300 feet above Rio's streets, bays and beaches. Taste Brazilian beach life on the sweeping sands of world-renowned Copacabana Beach.
Búzios is a sophisticated beach resort dubbed the ‘St Tropez of Latin America’. Brazil’s best known beaches dot the Atlantic coast of Bahia, the musical heart and soul of Brazil. Porto de Galinhas is an award-winning beach resort. The nearby natural pools house nature’s own aquarium. The charming town of Paraty has hardly changed since its heyday during the 18th-Century gold trade.
The great Amazon River basin covers almost half of Brazil, its waterways meandering through dense rainforest while the breathtaking Iguaçu Falls plunder into the river at the border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. The vast tropical wetlands of the Pantanal sprawl over 54,000 square miles and thrive with wildlife.
The unique ecosystem of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park boasts sweeping white sand dunes, rivers, lakes and lagoons. Fernando de Noronha's pristine sandy beaches and clear blue seas are a haven to a host of wildlife including sea turtles and dolphins.
• As with the rest of Latin America, Brazilians tend to stand quite close when
conversing and may touch you lightly on the hands, arms or shoulders.
• Steady eye contact is associated with sincerity.
• Take care and be vigilant. Valuables should not be on display.
• Always arrive late - nobody ever arrives on time for social meetings or parties and if you do you'll have quite a wait!
Ingrained deep within the Brazilian national identity, the samba is a lively, rhythmical dance with African roots. Both a dance and music genre, it is best witnessed during the vibrant Rio Carnival, although there are samba schools and musicians all over the country. It is said that a great samba dancer speaks with their feet and this can be observed in two main forms of the dance – the ‘samba no pe’ and the ‘samba gafieiro’.