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It’s a land of extreme superlatives – the largest rainforest in the world, the second longest river on the planet and the richest place on earth for animal and plant life. Brazil, with its forests and mighty Amazon River with the phenomena they contain, it covers half of the South American continent. Two-thirds of Brazil’s population live near the coast, meaning life really is a beach for locals and tourists alike. People are the essence of the country, and while Brazil is home to a multitude of ethnic groups, there are some characteristics that everyone shares – fiery energy and passion! Watch a soccer game along with thousands of dancing, drumming and singing spectators; see why the beautiful game is almost a religion in Brazil. Although not all is reserved for football, Brazilians enjoy any good festivity, whatever the occasion. The most notable is Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival, dubbed the largest party in the world. The list of charms from Brazil continues, Brasilia is the capital city and is easily the fastest growing major city in Brazil. Our favourite, Salvador, is an UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its focus on modern architecture, and is home to a plethora of wonderfully preserved 16th and 17th century buildings. This adds an historical layer to the creative music vibe and impressive cuisine culture that continues to attract more visitors to Salvador each year. Lastly but definitely not least, Rio is the world's most exhilarating city, even when Rio Carnival is not in its full riotous swing. Its breath-taking harbour, stretches of beaches (including the legendary sands of Copacabana) stunning architecture from baroque times to a lively Art Deco and nightlife that carries on until dawn, all merging to create an intoxicating mix. We must all try Rio once in our lifetime.
Rio is everything you’ve heard about and more. One of the most energetic cities in the world, it pulsates with passion; from the sexy samba rhythms of its colourful carnival to the beautiful bodies that line the stunning beaches, not to mention the vibrant nightlife and local firewater, cachaça (rum). Visit some of the world’s most famous landmarks such as Corcovado Peak for stunning city views and the statue of Christ the Redeemer. Copacabana is Brazil’s most famous beach, while neighbouring Ipanema is Rio’s richest and most chic beach. Rio de Janeiro is definitely not a place you want to skip on your South American journey.
Our favourite things to see and do Foz do Iguaçu – The Iguacu River plunges in tiered falls at the border with Argentina and Paraguay. The falls are over 3km wide and 80m high, their beauty is unbelievable. The Brazilian side of the falls offers the best access by foot. Take a walk along the winding path, and you’ll end up exactly where the falls thunder down.
Buzios – Used by the locals as a holiday destination, Buzios makes a perfect stop to truly experience a laid-back version of Brazil. Just under two hours drive from Rio de Janeiro, Buzios offers a number of pristine white sandy beaches, cafes and restaurants. All watersports can be done in this area, as well as a spot of shopping.
Rio de Janeiro Carnival – Every February the city’s Samba schools vie to be the best – taking to the streets to perform pulsating dance routines in jaw-dropping costumes. Passionate Brazilians who samba in the streets have made Rio de Janeiros carnival the world’s biggest party. Whether you dance it out on the streets, watch the thousands of participants in their elaborate costumes in the Samba parade, or attend the fairytale Copacabana Palace ball, this is one event on the party calendar not to miss!
Paraty – Just a quick jaunt from Rio de Janeiro you’ll find Paraty and the glistening bay of Ilha Grande. Dotted with many tropical islands, forests, mountains and waterfalls, Paraty and the Green Coast is most definitely a slice of heaven on earth. Paraty is known for the dainty cobblestone streets and 250 year old architecture throughout town. Leave your cars at home, this is a town to wander, bike ride, or take a leisurely horse and cart adventure.
The Amazon from Manaus – Although the Amazon can be reached via several inlets across South America, the gateway from Manaus is particularly unique for reaching serious depths into the Amazon. While there, make sure you pay a visit to meet the renowned pink dolphins.
Corcovado Tour - This half day tour helps you to reach the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer. Head through Tijuca National Park and take a train up the steep slopes of Corcovado Peak. Once at the top, climb the last few steps to reach the feet of the famous statue, where you can share his fantastic views over Rio de Janeiro.
Favela Tour - An illuminating experience if you are looking for an insiders view of Brazil. This half day tour will introduce you to a different Rio, the favela (shanty town). There are close to 600 favelas in the city of Rio, mostly placed on former public areas over hillsides with the best views of Rio. If you really feel like getting to know Brazil, don’t miss this favela tour.
Evening Samba Show - Spend a night out experiencing true Brazilian entertainment and culture at one of Rio’s vibrant Samba shows. The sound of Brazilian rhythms, folklore and Brazilian dancers dressed in outrageous costumes will keep you entertained while enjoying the electric atmosphere around you.
Sugarloaf Mountain Tour - Join this half day tour and catch a cable car up to Sugarloaf Mountain, standing at 1,299 feet high. After the scenic ride up, you will be greeted with 360 degree views of Rio de Janeiro city and the surrounding beaches including Copacabana. This is a 'must do' tour
while you are in Rio, as long as you don’t mind heights!
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