Brazil is a vast country and its highlights are many. Visitors often choose to concentrate on the most well-known attractions such as Rio de Janeiro, the Amazon and the mighty Iguazu Falls. Bordering Argentina, Iguazu also combines well with a stay in Buenos Aires.
For wildlife enthusiasts we recommend spending a few days in the Pantanal, a wetland area an hour and half’s flight west of Rio which offers a better chance of spotting animals than the Amazon. If you are keen to learn more about the history and culture of Brazil a visit to Salvador, the country’s oldest and arguably most beautiful city with contrasting African and European influences is essential. Smaller settlements such as the colonial town of Ouro Preto in the state of Minas Gerais reflect Brazil’s wealth during the gold rush era of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Brazil has a varied climate so the time of year you choose to travel may well dictate where you go. If you are keen to enjoy a visit to Salvador and the stunning beaches of north east Brazil, our wintertime is an ideal time to travel whereas wildlife viewing in the Pantanal is at its best from April to September. Rio can be visited year-round although you should expect more rain from October to January.
- Take in a football match at the Maracanã stadium in Rio, given Brazilians' enthusiasm for the game, you will still experience the unique carnival atmosphere seen at the 2014 World Cup without the eye watering price tag.
- Sightsee from the comfort of a deck chair on Rio's Ipenema Beach. Nowhere else is people watching this much fun.
- Spot wildlife including armadillos and jaguar in the Pantanal wetland area.
- Spend a few days in the Amazon rainforest and marvel at nature's creations from medicinal plants to soaring trees.
- Trek through the mountains and forested valleys of the Chapada Diamantina National Park.