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Introduction

Named after the brazilwood tree (which was prized for its derivative dye and once abundant along the Atlantic coast), Brazil is like no other Latin American nation. The continent’s largest country borders almost every other and it fields an extraordinarily muscular range of attractions – vast forests in the Amazon Basin with unequalled biodiversity, idyllic picture-postcard Atlantic beaches, quaint colonial towns oozing charm, and throbbing cities that fizz with energy and unbridled joie de vivre.

Unlike almost everywhere else in Latin America, it was the Portuguese who colonised Brazil. Starting in around 1534, the first so-called ‘captaincies’ – essentially chaotic fiefdoms – were soon merged into a single colony which prospered on sugar cane. Those plantations were largely worked by African slaves whose descendants today help give a distinctive ‘look’ and mood to Brazil’s people and culture. By the early 1700s fortune-hunters were penetrating the interior and their quest for indigenous slaves soon turned into the world’s longest gold rush with the continent’s largest mines.The colony’s turbulent relationship with Portugal concluded with independence in 1825.

Put simply Brazil does little by halves. Perhaps nothing underlines its breathtaking uniqueness more than the fact that even now over fifty – more than anywhere else – ‘uncontacted tribes’ remain deep in the Amazonian forest. It’s the mighty Amazon River, of course, and its immense tributaries with which Brazil is synonymous. Their enveloping ’lungs of the world’ rainforest is earth’s largest and most diverse, and its jaw-dropping biodiversity is unmatched; one in ten species live here.

The country’s (if not the continent’s) best wildlife viewing is in the Pantanal, a vast seasonally-flooded wetland bordering Bolivia and Paraguay. This UNESCO Biosphere Reserve boasts not just incredible birdlife and fish but a wonderful array of curious mammals such as peccaries, tapirs, capybaras and giant otters. More fearsome predators include caimans and anacondas while topping the exotic list are exquisite ocelots and elusive jaguars.

As though unwilling to be outdone, Brazil’s ethnic mix is also particularly diverse (and probably at its most flamboyant during Carnaval). Drawing on people with roots in Europe, Asia and Africa, this multi-flavoured cultural stew is exuberantly showcased in great cities like Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Salvador that, somehow, make a virtue of their showy glamour and edgy grit. For all its particular earthiness, Rio’s laurels rest visibly on its spectacular setting beside the Atlantic: the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain, Copacabana Beach and Christ the Redeemer statue atop a peak in Tijuca Forest.

Further up the coast stand smaller cities and towns with charming, almost time-forgotten colonial enclaves fizzing with life and pulsating to music. You might well put up your feet or lay down a towel on one of myriad white-sand beaches that bejewel nearly five thousand miles of tropical coastline. The most memorable soaking, though, is likely to be at Iguacu Falls, an almost fantasy-landscape of (depending on water levels) up to 275 separate waterfalls along a nearly two-mile-long cliff edge.
 
Brazil holidays at a glance

  • Due to its sheer size the country can be visited all year round
  • Cultural melting pot of music, food and architecture
  • Spectacular beaches and stunning islands
  • Rich in wildlife - up to 4 million species of plants and animals
  • Diverse topography - from mountains to beaches, jungles to wetlands
  • One of the largest and most stunning waterfalls in the world - Iguacu falls
  • World-renowned Carnival (famously in Rio but celebrated all over Brazil)
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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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