Discover a country of fantastic natural beauty, idyllic beaches and an infectious carnival spirit

Brazil is a land of superlatives with stunning landscapes, abundant wildlife and a rich colonial history. It exudes the exotic and conjures up thoughts of golden sun-drenched beaches, lazy palm trees and deep blue skies. It evokes vibrant cities, infused with Portuguese heritage, blended with African influences and inhabited by laid-back Brazilians with a zest for life and love of energetic carnivals and rhythmic music.

But Brazil is a vast country with many faces, and away from the coast the vast rainforest of the Amazon, the expansive wetlands of the Pantanal and thundering waterfalls of Iguassu present a natural side with extraordinary bio-diveristy.

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Language: Portuguese - Capital: Brasilia - Time Difference: GMT -3 Hours - Flying time from UK: 11H 45M non-stop - Currency: Real

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Rio de Janeiro by Emilio García - licensed under CC

Rio de Janeiro

Rio is famed for its iconic sights and fabulous beaches, but also offers a historic centre and coastal forest hikes.

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Buzios - Geribá by Filipe Fortes - licensed under CC


Buzios is a trendy and vibrant seaside resort peninsula located two hours north of Rio de Janeiro.

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Paraty by Otávio Nogueira - licensed under CC

Paraty & The Gold Coast

Unspoilt Paraty combines a pretty colonial centre with golden jungle-fringed beaches and fantastic snorkelling.

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Ilha Grande by fab de nice - licensed under CC

Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande boasts virgin forest and deserted beaches, perfect for a peaceful getaway or for leisurely activities.

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Cataratas del Iguazú by Papa Pic - licensed under CC

Iguassu Falls

On the border with Argentina are the world's most breathtaking waterfalls, with superb views and jungle trails.

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Tuiuiú - Ave simbolo do Pantanal by Marinelson Almeida - licensed under CC


Few places in the world are better for viewing wildlife than the Pantanal wetlands, a mosaic of lakes, rivers and forest.…

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Ouro Preto by Pedro de Carvalho Ponchio - licensed under CC

Ouro Preto

Historic Ouro Preto in Minas Gerais is famed for its cobbled streets, colonial buildings and large ornate churches.

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Mariana, Brazil by Rosino - licensed under CC

Cities of Minas Gerais

In exploring these beautiful cities you can immerse yourself in the splendour of the 18th century Brazilian gold rush.

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Pelourinho - 1 by Leandro Neumann Ciuffo - licensed under CC

Salvador da Bahia

The colourful streets of Salvador are the best place to experience Afro-Portuguese culture in Brazil.

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Praia do Forte by Otávio Nogueira - licensed under CC

Praia Do Forte

Located north of Salvador, this sleepy fishing village is popular for its picturesque church and idyllic beaches.

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Morro De Sao Paulo by Fotos GOVBA - licensed under CC

Morro De Sao Paulo

This island fishing village near Salvador is a tranquil paradise of swaying palm trees and trendy bohemian lifestyle.

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Chapada Diamantina by Visit Brazil - licensed under CC

Chapada Diamantina

West of Salvador, this dramatic area is charactarised by table-top mountains, huge waterfalls and mysterious caves.

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Teatro Amazonas by Visit Brazil - licensed under CC


Manaus is the gateway to the Brazilian Amazon and is famed for its impressive theatre, thriving port and long history.

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Brazilian Amazon by Visit Brazil - licensed under CC

Brazilian Amazon Lodges

Escape civilisation to secluded areas of pristine rainforest, and immerse yourself in the untamed wilds of the jungle.

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Tucano Amazon Cruise

Cruise through the Amazon for 4 or 7 nights, to reach deeper into seldom explored rivers and creeks of the rainforest.

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Sitio de la Victoria regia, Leticia by Aliman5040 - licensed under CC


Tabatinga is an Amazon municipality on the border with Peru and Colombia.

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Trains of Brazil

Experience Brazil with our selection of luxury train rides through remote areas of beauty, seen by few.

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Trancoso by Michell Zappa - licensed under CC


A historical coastal village of colourful houses and idyllic beaches surrounded by coconut trees and golden sand.

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Ilheus & Itacare

Ilheus is famed for its magnificent beaches, as well as the interesting mix of old and modern architecture.

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Brasilia - Catedral Metropolitana by Luigi Guarino - licensed under CC


Brazil's capital offers a showcase of unconventional city planning and striking architecture, creating a unique city.

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Chapada dos Veadeiros by Lucia Carvalho Horta - licensed under CC

Chapada dos Veadeiros

North of Brasilia, this region of flat-topped mountains, waterfalls and rolling hills is a major centre for hiking.

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Fernando de Noronha by Visit Brasil - licensed under CC

Fernando de Noronha

This small archipelago off of the north coast is a Marine Reserve with luxury lodges and some of the world's best beaches…

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PIPA - RN by Rosanetur - licensed under CC

Praia da Pipa

Praia da Pipa is a mixture of red sandy cliffs and sheltered coves that attract dolphins and marine turtles.

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Magnífica Vista de Um dos Morros de Ólinda by Valdiney Pimenta - licensed under CC


Set on a hill north of Recife and surrounded by lush trees, Olinda is one of Brazil's most beautiful colonial towns.

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Porto de Galinhas by Otávio Nogueira - licensed under CC

Porto de Galinhas

This laid-back town, south of Recife, has a beautiful horseshoe beach, protected by a reef with vivid marine life.

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Lençóis Maranhenses by Visit Brazil - licensed under CC

Maranhao Lencois

On the northern coast is this remarkable and little-visited expanse of huge white sand dunes and turquoise lagoons.

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Jericoacoara by Visit Brazil - licensed under CC


A remote beach village of windswept sand dunes and groves of waving coconut palms on Brazil's north coast.

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Country Lodges

Inland from Rio is a mountain range with welcoming late 19th century estates from the coffee producing era.

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Hercílio Luz Bridge by Noel Portugal - licensed under CC


There are two faces to Florianópolis; the industrial mainland and the island with a historic center and chic district.

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Sao Paulo by Fodor Travel Guide - licensed under CC

Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo is a bustling metropolis with sophisticated restaurants and shopping and a rich cultural life.

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Salvador, Brazil by Rosino - licensed under CC

Seven ways to experience Salvador

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Watching football at the Maracanã

As the Maracanã faces an uncertain future, we recall our visit during happier times to experience one of the world's mos…

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Iguassu Falls by Visit Brasil - licensed under CC

Where to visit in Brazil

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King Penguin by Don Faulkner - licensed under CC

10 best wildlife experiences in Latin America

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Seven ways to experience Rio de Janeiro

Experience Rio de Janeiro in the unique Veloso Tours style with our guide to the best of the Marvellous City.

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Christ on Corcovado mountain by Artyominc - licensed under CC

Travelling with children in Latin America: why do it and where to go

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Hotel de Sal, Salar de Uyuni by Nico Kaiser - licensed under CC

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Lençóis Maranhenses - Lagoa Bonita by Fred Schinke - licensed under CC

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