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Brazil

The vibrant heart of the continent

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro
Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro

It's difficult to know where to start with a country as vast and as diverse as Brazil. Although many know of Rio's glorious setting and it's infamous beaches, what is the largest country in South America and the fifth-largest country in the world, has so much more to offer. There are few places which can combine such awe-inspiring landscapes, such vibrant cities, such exotic wildlife and such open and welcoming people, all at once.

With a coastline which stretches from rugged sandy bays in the south, to wide tropical beaches in the North, with cities ranging from the winding sound-filled streets of Salvador to the wide avenues of Sao Paulo, and with natural destinations ranging from the dense depths of the Amazon Rainforest to the open wetlands of the Pantanal, each area reveals a different side to this captivating country. It is a land where everything seems larger than life, from the expansive landscapes, to the infectiously happy people and the extravagant Carnival processions which take over the country every year in February.

While you can combine parts of Brazil with almost any other country in South America, it is a destination in its own right and you could spend weeks visiting all of its four corners. As is true of all of South America, it’s worth bearing in mind that distances are immense and often getting from place to place can take two or three internal flights. We would therefore recommend settling on a couple of main areas that you want to visit in the interior and combine that with a few days on the beach at the end. For more inspiration, have a read through our guides to each of the main areas and get in touch if you would like to talk to us about putting together your ideal itinerary..

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    At a glance…Brazil

  • Population: 201 million+
  • Location: Central South America
  • Recommended time to go: 3 to 14 nights
  • Time to visit: Year round
  • Go here for: Beaches, culture, activities
  • Top destinations in Brazil:

    Our top five hotels in Brazil:

    1. Fasano Rio de Janeiro - Rooftop swimming pool

      Fasano Rio de Janeiro

      The modern and luxurious Hotel Fasano has one of the best locations in Rio, right in Ipanema. Designed by the architect Philippe Starck, everything in the hotel speaks comfort and luxury, making it one of the most sought-after places to stay in the city. The pièce de résistance, however, is... More...

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    2. Belmond Hotel das Cataratas - Falls view

      Belmond Hotel das Cataratas

      Owned and managed by the superb Belmond chain, Hotel das Cataratas is the only alternative to the Melia Hotel that has views to the falls themselves. Being on the Brazilian side means that, arguably, the views themselves are even better than from the Argentine side and so, it is logical, that the... More...

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    3. Caiman Ecological Refuge, Pantanal

      Caiman Ecological Refuge

      A model for ecotourism and conservation projects, and set within the boundaries of a 53 000-hectare ranch, the Caiman Ecological Refuge offers some of the best opportunities to view wildlife and, of course, the elusive Jaguar, in the Southern Pantanal. Comfortable accommodation, delicious home-... More...

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    4. Ponta dos Ganchos - Peninsula

      Ponta dos Ganchos

      The Ponta dos Ganchos resort near Florianópolis is one of Brazil’s most exclusive beach resorts. The perfect getaway for couples and honeymooners, it guarantees complete intimacy and privacy.

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    5. Uxua Casa Hotel

      Uxua Casa Hotel

      With probably the best location of all of the hotels in Trancoso, right on the Quadrado, and with beautifully designed private ‘casas’, Uxua Casa Hotel is the height of laid-back luxury. Uxua aims to make its guests feel as if they are in their own home while offering all of the amenities of a 5*... More...

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