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Holidays to Brazil

Brazil’s incredible landscapes, rich history and extraordinary wildlife are as diverse as the country is vast. Stretching from the Amazon basin in the north to the colossal Iguaçu Falls in the south, and from the wildlife-rich wetlands of the Pantanal in the west to the 2,000 beaches along the coast, there is plenty to explore. The Brazilians are innately relaxed which adds to the quintessentially Latin American vibe and with direct flights from the UK, you can be in buzzing Rio with all of its iconic sights by nightfall.

What to expect on your Brazilian holiday

Brazil is the largest country in South America (it’s more than twice the size of India) and thus distances are huge and careful planning is needed when devising a holiday. 

There is more to Brazil than sun, sea, and samba. It is home to the greatest rainforest in the world and the world’s largest tropical wetlands, the Pantanal. But more than the abundance of its natural wonders, it is the extraordinary diversity and richness of the people of Brazil that will strike you when on holiday in Brazil. With a strong African influence, music and colour stimulate the senses and lift the soul. A far cry from Britain on a wet winter day.

Some ideas for a holiday in Brazil

  • Spend a couple of days in Rio soaking up the atmosphere. If you are looking for more, what about the Rio carnival?
  • For the wildlife enthusiast, the wetlands of the Pantanal offer the best chances of seeing jaguars.
  • Spend a few days cruising up the Rio Negro, a tributary of the Amazon, deep into the rainforest on a small but very comfortable river boat.
  • Visit Salvador, one of Brazil’s oldest cities, where African culture dominates every niche of its colourful lifestyle.
  • Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Salvador on a Tuesday evening when live music takes place through the Pelourinho.
  • Experience the thunder and roar of Iguaçu Falls. Wider than Victoria, higher than Niagara and more beautiful than both.
  • The beautiful colonial architecture of Olinda and Ouro Preto.
  • Relax in a private villa or hotel on one of Brazil’s many beautiful beaches.
  • Avoid the traffic jams in Rio and take a cycle tour along the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.
  • Snorkel in crystal-clear waters in Bonito and marvel at the geographical features of the region including huge sinkholes and intricate caves.

Beyond the ordinary

Our Brazil Holidays Expert

James and Roxy love Brazil, they have travelled to Brazil numerous times and covered all corners of this vast country. Highlights of James's travels include sailing down the length of the Amazon River and driving the entire length of the coast, but there is no question one of his most memorable trips was visiting the wildlife-rich wetland area of the Pantanal. A favourite moment of Roxy's was running down the huge white sand dunes to paddle in the turquoise salt lakes at Lencois Maranhenses.

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Brazil FAQs

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What can I expect travelling in Brazil?

Travelling involves huge journeys, lots of internal flights and it is an expensive destination, but you will be rewarded with incredible beaches, wildlife, culture and fun.

What clothing should I take to Brazil?

It is always best to pack light and while casual dress has become more acceptable in recent years, Latin Americans tend to devote great care to their clothes and appearance. A laundry service is available at most if not all hotels.

Depending upon where you are travelling to in Brazil this will dictate what is best to wear. We find that a good fleece, waterproof jacket, layers and zip-off trousers tend to work well for most destinations. Walking sandals which do not slip are good for slippery pavements in the cities.

What is the typical food and drink in Brazil?

Brazil’s typical restaurants are churrascarias where meat is very much on the menu much like a barbeque. Seafood also features highly with the traditional Moquecas being served in Bahia. Typically the traditional drink is a Caipirinha but beer is drunk throughout the day as well as many delicious exotic fruit juices.

Is Brazil safe, only there has been a lot of media attention with the Olympics and the World Cup?

Rio does retain an image of being dangerous and crime is around but if you travel sensibly you should be absolutely fine. Whilst there is the reputation this is something concentrated in particular areas, around the favelas; things are moving forward with police taking control of favelas. Of course, we still suggest taking the normal precautions as you would in any big city and do ask your guide for advice.

Where are the best beaches in Brazil?

A difficult question. The coast line of Brazil is huge with many stunning beaches. The time of year that you are travelling may dictate which areas will be best. Also which other parts of Brazil you will be exploring and the beach experience you are looking for such - remote hideaway, a luxurious resort or a thriving town.

I’d like to experience the Carnival. Are all of the celebrations in Rio?

Carnival is celebrated across the whole of Brazil so wherever you go, there will be festivities. Some cities and towns are particularly extravagant in their Carnival processions, costumes and events such as Salvador, Recife & Olinda.

Whilst in Rio the main processions now take place in the Sambadrome and entrance tickets are expensive, in other locations such as Recife & Olinda, everything takes places in the centre of the cities and so you can join in as much or as little as you want.


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Brazil has a coastline of over 4,500 miles and has 2,000 beaches, so trying to choose a property can be daunting. Here is our favourite properties.

Ponta dos Ganchos – a beautiful beach resort on a private peninsula in Southern Brazil. Even comes with a private island for exclusive meals.

Txai – built on a coconut plantation near Itacare in Bahia. Surrounded by Atlantic rainforest and long deserted beaches.

Uxua – perfect location on the main square in Trancosco, Bahia and less than a 10 minute walk to the beach and private Uxua beach lounge. This property is created from beautifully restored historic houses to create stunning private villas.

Kenoa – a true beach front property overlooking a long white sandy beach. A remote spot to get away from it all.

Nannai – a beachfront property close to Recife in north east Brazil. The bungalows all come with their own private pool.


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