Packed with incredible cities, vibrant culture, and natural wonders, Brazil is a big country with an even bigger personality. Although very much in the forefront of everyone’s minds because of the 2014 World Cup, South America’s largest country has more to it than just football!
Home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Amazon rainforest, samba music, the iconic Rio Carnival and much, much more, Brazil is so huge, it spans five climates! From semi-arid deserts to lush rainforests, to tropical beaches, bio-diverse Brazil has got it all, and whatever you demand from your holiday, you can probably find it here.
Tourists flock to Brazil each year to explore the diverse terrain as well as soak up the sun. The ideal destination to discover your inner adventure-seeker, soar over mountain peaks in a cable car, snorkel around the stunning Atlantic coral reefs, or why not plunge into the heart of the rainforest and get to grips with nature?
Of course if you want to take things easy, the Atlantic coastline borders Brazil for a mammoth 7,500km, so there is no shortage of beaches! Powdery white sand meets azure ocean in this tropical paradise. A favourite hangout spot of tourists and locals alike, join in with a game of beach football or simply kick back, relax and enjoy a caipirinha or two!
The majority of Brazil is blanketed under the dense Amazon rainforest. Home to over 10% of the world’s known species of animal as well as more than 40,000 species of plant, embrace your inner George of the Jungle and explore this phenomenal rainforest while you still can.
Extremely endangered due to deforestation and global warming, enjoy tours around the Amazon Basin by boat, kayak or open-topped jeep, and learn how conservationists are fighting to protect this natural wonder.
While you’re in ‘adventure-mode’, take a trip to the Brazilian/Argentinian border and discover the incredible Iguazu Falls. The gigantic semi-circular basin of waterfalls cascade 80m over the edge of the Parana Plateau which separates Brazil from Argentina. Although the majority of the larger falls are over the border, the views from either side are simply spectacular.
Of course, no trip to Brazil would be complete without visiting Rio de Janeiro. The second largest city in Brazil, Rio (as it is widely known) is home to the legendary Rio Carnival which takes place annually, and of course, the iconic hilltop statue of Jesus. Recognisable worldwide, the statue has become synonymous with Brazilian culture.
The gigantic statue of Christ the Redeemer atop the Corcovado Mountain, his arms outstretched as if to embrace the city below has been named one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World. Take a cable car to the top and stand at his feet as you enjoy panoramic views of Rio from this phenomenal vantage point.
Varying greatly from region to region, Brazilian cuisine is an eclectic mix of European and African influences. In the North, the food is incredibly traditional, many local people continuing to use cooking methods established by the indigenous tribes of Brazil to make thick broths and cook game meat.
Whereas the South, thanks to its European settlers, has a more continental menu. Pastas, barbecued red meat and rice dishes, combine with more authentic dishes to create a diverse selection.
Naturally, in the large tourist resorts and cities like Rio, you can find restaurants of every calibre, serving cuisine from around the world. Steak houses and Japanese food in particular are very popular.
Lying on a beach in Rio simply wouldn’t be the same without a Caipirinha in hand. A refreshing cocktail made with fresh lime, sugar, ginger and Cachaça, a spirit not too dissimilar to rum. Largely regarded as the national drink of Brazil, there is no excuse not to try one on your Brazilian getaway!