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Introduction

Brazil is thirty-five times the size of the United Kingdom. With an area of 8,514,204 sq km, a population of 170 million and a coastline of 7,250 kilometres, much of it made up of stunning beaches, Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world and one of the world’s largest economies. 90% of the country lies between the equator and the tropic of Capricorn and it covers over half the continent of South America. It borders every South American country apart from Ecuador and Chile, straddling four time zones in the process.

The Portuguese explorer Pedro Alvares Cabral discovered Brazil in 1500. The colonial era lasted until 1822 and the country’s wealth came from sugar cane, the slave trade and, in 1695, gold (discovered in Minas Gerais). In 1807, the King of Portugal, Dom João VI - fleeing from an invasion by Napoleon - established his court in Rio de Janeiro, which as a city ranked second only to Lisbon in the Portuguese empire. In 1822, Brazil gained independence from Portugal and, under Dom Pedro I, the Brazilian empire was established. Coffee became the driver of the economy and it was the coffee barons who assisted the army in overthrowing the monarchy in 1889 and establishing a republic. By 1930, Brazil had seen the beginnings of industrialisation and it is now the west’s eighth largest economy.

As for the Brazilians themselves, you could not meet more optimistic, forward-looking people who live life to the full. The Brazilian nation is one enormous cauldron of different races, colours and creeds, but they are all Brazilians, all fun-loving and firm believers that, one day, Brazil will be the greatest nation on earth.

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Getting There

There are direct flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. LATAM Airlines also fly from London Heathrow to Sao Paulo, and from there to many cities in Brazil and South America. TAP Portugal fly from London Heathrow (and also London Gatwick) via Lisbon to a number of cities in Brazil including Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Salvador, Recife, Natal, Fortaleza, Brasilia and Belo Horizonte. There are also flights to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo from London airports via Europe such as KLM (via Amsterdam),  Air France (via Paris) and Iberia (via Madrid).  Regional departures include Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, Newcastle, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

 

Country Combinations

Brazil boasts a variety of dramatic landscapes, unique wildlife, famous landmarks, adrenalin sports and beautiful, relaxing beaches! This magnificent country is 35 times the size of the UK though the efficient flight network allows for a fantastic trip within 15 - 20 days!  For those looking for an extended itinerary, Brazil can be conviently combined with Argentina, Chile and Peru.

At a Glance

- Enormous wildlife areas - The Pantanal and The Amazon rainforest
- Areas of outstanding natural beauty - the central highlands
- Walking and soft adventure
- One of the largest waterfalls in the world - Iguaçu Falls
- Spectacular beaches and islands
- Dense and complex river systems
- Varied influences in music, food and architecture
- Carnival all over Brazil - not just in Rio (advisable to Book at least 7 months in advance in order to secure hotel/ticket availability)

Foreign Office advice

We’ve partnered with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Travel Aware campaign to help provide top tips and advice for planning for your trip abroad. It’s important to do some research before you travel to learn about any necessary visas and vaccinations required for entry to your destination, understand any unusual laws and customs and to be aware of the latest travel advice for the region. Click on the link below for more information on what to prepare for your trip overseas. You can also sign up for email alerts and follow @FCOtravel on Twitter for alerts whilst you are away.

Visit gov.uk/travelaware for more information

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