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Brazil is a sprawling, live-wire experience that moves to a Carnival beat

Brazil

Taking up half the South American continent, Brazil is a sprawling, live-wire experience that moves to a Carnival beat. With more than 4,500 miles of coast facing the deep-blue Atlantic, the former Portuguese colony boasts endless white-sand beaches with palm trees swaying in the breeze. There are also many offshore tropical islands, colonial towns and coastal cities filled with the sounds of sabma, Bossa nova, choro, sertanejo, breg, lalago, frevo and other styles of music.

Within its massive interior, Brazil boasts crystal rivers, soaring waterfalls, deep canyons and much more. The most famous attractions are, of course, the Amazon rainforest and Pantanal, the world's largest wetland. With their amazing biodiversity, the two offer unmatched opportunities for wildlife watching and adventure. The Amazon alone is home to tens of thousands of plants and some 2,000 species of birds and mammals. In fact, one in five of all the birds in the world live here.

But you don't necessarily need to go into the jungle to find adventure. Kayaking, rafting, trekking, snorkeling and surfing are just a few ways to spend a sun-drenched afternoon in almost any part of Brazil.

Known as the cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city), Rio de Janeiro is flanked by majestic mountains, sugary beaches and lush rainforests fronting the sea. From the renowned beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema to the scenic outlooks of Corcovado and Pão de Açúcar, to the dance halls, bars and open-air cafes that are found everywhere, this is a city that knows how to live.

Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo is a large sprawling city of 11 million, and the tourist attractions are spread out. Enjoy the art and the shops while the sun is shining and soak up the rich culture, food and bars by night. Laze by the lakes in Ibirapuera Park where you can even borrow books from the unique Bosque de Leitura (Reading Woods). Another highlight is the Snake Farm where you can see snakes, scorpions, and spiders from around the world.

Brasilia
The planned city of Brasilia was built in only four years and was designed to impress. Houses along the wings of the airplane shaped city all look out onto park and wide boulevards lead to the centre. Take the time to check out the modernist architecture such as the Square of the Three Powers, the Palace of Justice and Brasilia Cathedral.

Iguazu Falls
Iguazu, meaning 'great waters' is surrounded by national parks on both the Argentina and the Brazil sides. The falls themselves are divided into 275 separate falls, the highest being the Devil's Throat, higher than Niagara Falls at 70 m. Jump on a boat that will take you right under the falls, an awesome experience.

Salvador
Give in to the charms of Salvador, the old colonial capital built on a peninsula overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Todos os Santos Bay. The beaches in the bay are calm with long stretches of sand, while the Atlantic beaches are good for surfing. The tourist epicentre is Pelourinho, the ‘city within a city’, with cobblestone streets, churches and brightly-painted buildings as well as bars, restaurants and other attractions.

Recife
The busy seaport of Recife is a commercial and trading centre where looming high rises overlook the inlets, canals and bridges the city is built around. Because of this it is known as the ‘Venice of Brazil’. Discover Recife’s artistic and folkloric traditions, and lap up the arts and entertainment on offer.

São Luis
Sao Luis is one of the liveliest and most photogenic urban areas of Brazil, offering great beaches, delicious seafood and a thriving live music scene. If you’re into reggae you’ll be right at home in Sao Luis as there are regular live outdoor performances and weekend parties. Wednesday’s have also been established as a big reggae night.

Florianopolis
Over one hundred beaches grace the coast of Florianopolis. Head to Praia Mole in summer for a touch of Ibiza, when international dance-music DJs play outdoor sets. Praia Joaquina is a great place for sand boarding, as the dunes reach speed-gathering heights behind the pretty beach. Or try Praia Brava, a great spot for surfing.

Manaus
Manaus is in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, 1000 miles from the mouth of the river. Once in Manaus it is easy to arrange some visits to the jungle, enjoy canoe rides on the river, visit settlements or get up close and personal with the amazing wildlife.

See
  • Although Rio de Janeiro is best known for its world class beaches, it also boasts numerous natural and cultural attractions which shouldn’t be missed.
  • Corcovado – One of Rio’s most famous landmarks, the statue of Christ the Redeemer sits atop the 2,300 foot peak of Corcovado, from which visitors are treated to a spectacular view of the City and Guanabara Bay below.
  • Sugar Loaf Mountain – The iconic Sugar Loaf mountain sits at the entrance of Guanabara Bay and provides a commanding view of Rio.
  • Spectacular Beaches – Rio’s most renowned landmark is a series of world class beaches where you can relax, sunbathe, people watch or enjoy some of the many beach sports.
  • Burle Marx Gardens – Designed by one of Brazil’s most renowned landscape architects, the lush Burle Marx gardens is home to over 3,500 species of plants and is a great place to spend a warm afternoon.
  • Historical Rio – Aside from its famous beaches, Rio has a number of historic and unique sights such as the Candelaria church and the baroque-style S?o Bento Monastery, which gives a fascinating insight to the history of Rio.
  • Maracanà Stadium – The largest venue in Rio, with a capacity of over 80,000 people, the Maracan? Stadium is where “cariocas,” as the residents of Rio are called, go to catch a football (soccer) match or concert.
  • Tijuca Forest – At over 12 square miles, the Tijuca Forest is the largest urban forest in the world and is home to a variety of unique plant and wildlife that can be found only in Brazil’s Atlantic Rainforest.
  • Santa Teresa – Located in a forested, hilly area, Santa Teresa boasts a number of colonial and 19th century buildings, art displays and caf?s, and is the center of Rio’s art community.
Experience
  • There is more to do in Rio than sunbathe or people watch along the beach. Get a taste of Brazil by exploring Rio’s natural and cultural activities.
  • Hiking – Hike with your personal guide through the largest urban forest in the world, and enjoy the lush tropical vegetation, towering granite peaks and waterfalls that make the Tijuca Forest a wonderful respite amid the hustle and bustle of Rio.
  • Hang Gliding – Soar above Rio’s forested hills and beaches to get a unique aerial view of Rio.
  • Capoeira – Get a flavor of the Afro-Brazilian culture during a capoeira performance. This unique Brazilian folk dance blends the elements of dance, music and martial arts.
  • Samba – Nothing defines Rio as much as the infectious rhythms of Samba. Visit the Unidos de Tijuca samba school or Sambodromo (Samba Stadium), where you can see float and costume preparations for the annual Carnival celebration.
  • Biking - Bike along Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. A wide, dedicated bike path allows for a leisurely ride along some of Brazil’s most famous beaches.
  • Surfing - Whether you prefer long boards, short boards or body boards, Rio boasts a number of prime surfing spots at many of its beaches.
  • Roller Blading - Miles of flat, beachfront paths line Avenida Atlantica, perfect for roller bladers.
  • Boating - Visit some of Rio’s nearby islands by boat. Within a few minutes you can be whisked to a quiet and tranquil island where you can sunbathe, relax and swim.
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Villa Raffi

  • Brazil, Buzios
  • Guest up to 22
  • From 59,850 USD
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  • Brazil, Trancoso, Bahia
  • Guest up to 20
  • From 33,000 USD
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  • Brazil, Buzios
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  • From 31,500 USD
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  • Brazil, Trancoso, Bahia
  • Guest up to 12
  • From 22,750 USD
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  • Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
  • Guest up to 10
  • From 13,650 USD
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  • Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
  • Guest up to 4
  • From 9,450 USD
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  • Brazil, Buzios
  • Guest up to 10
  • From 7,500 USD
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  • Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
  • Guest up to 10
  • From 7,500 USD
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  • Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
  • Guest up to 8
  • From 3,350 USD
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  • Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
  • Guest up to 8
  • From 2,500 USD
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  • Brazil, Trancoso, Bahia
  • Guest up to 22
  • Price on request