Brazil is the largest country in South America and seemingly has it all: beaches, cities, rivers and rainforest, wildlife, unique cultures and cuisines, national parks, UNESCO sites. The Amazon basin with the greatest biological diversity in the world. The Pantanal, the world's largest tropical wetland and an ecosystem with an incredible number of flora and fauna species. Rio de Janeiro, one of the world's greatest cities. Brazil's beaches stretch its entire Atlantic coast. You can spend a lifetime in Brazil and never see it all.
Brazil is not only a big country, bordering every other South American nation bar two, it also has big personality. It's big on beaches and hosts more than half of the world's biggest rainforest: the Amazon. The talkative locals are passionate, whether it's about football, fitness, or recipes for the local cocktail: caipirinhas. Immerse yourself in their enthusiasm and you'll soon realize the impact that living in year-round temperatures of 30 degrees C (that's 85 degrees F) can have on your temperament.
Starting in the famous Rio de Janeiro, where the view from the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue is unforgettable and the city vibrates to the beat of the samba, the whole country is your proverbial oyster. From the dramatic network of the tumbling Iguazu Falls in the south, to the eastern beaches of colonial Salvador, there is a Brazilian landscape for everyone. If you'd rather fish for piranhas in a dug-out canoe than relax on the palm-lined beaches of Bahia, then the Amazon rainforest is calling. To hang out with the lusophones (Portuguese-speakers), you'll need to head where the locals go. Beach-wise that's Trancoso, an area of stunning national parks and protected coastline, where tourism is limited in order to reduce the cultural and environmental impact.
And now it's much easier to visit Brazil!
Citizens of Australia, Japan, Canada and USA can now apply online for a Brazilian visa. Ready in 5 days, valid for 2 years, only US$44.24. Click here for official details and how to apply.
Visit two of the world's great cities - Rio, the 'Marvellous City' and Buenos Aires, the 'Paris of South America' - and witness the spectacular Iguazu Falls up close.
Duration:: 9 days, 8 nights
Visit Rio, the Amazon, Lençois Maranhenses National Park and Salvador with a small group of enthusiastic travelers.
Duration:: 13 days, 12 nights
Experience three diverse parts of Brazil: exotic Rio de Janeiro at a Copacabana beach hotel, the majestic Iguacu Falls, deep in the remote Amazon River jungle at an all-inclusive lodge.
Duration:: 10 days, 9 nights
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