Icons dazzle all across Brazil. Powdery white-sand beaches. Wild Amazon jungle to rhythm-filled megacities like Rio. Thundering Iguazu, Christ the Redeemer, unforgettable carnival and all the wonderful food. It’s a destination of big adventure and even bigger nature, a formidable cocktail of wanderlust that every visitor loves. Explore Brazil and you’ll return with travel stories to last a lifetime, from places everybody dreams of visiting, but few actually get to experience.
Getting here and around
Rio and Sao Paulo have good flight connections to Western Europe and Dubai. They also connect to South America’s capital cities for a combination holiday. Brazil is roughly the size of Europe so internal flights are essential, for almost everywhere you go.
Climate & seasons
November to March is the time to visit Brazil. It’s warm and vibrant everywhere, but temperatures rarely rise above the low thirties. Wildlife is most easily spotted in the Amazon and all the beach destinations are open. Plus there are insane New Year and Carnival celebrations. Other months can be okay but you won’t have good travel to all regions of the country.
Where to go
Oh Rio, where you helicopter past Christ the Redeemer, drink caipirinhas on the Copacabana, climb Sugarloaf Mountain and party long into the next morning. Now north to the Amazon, where rare wildlife becomes your neighbour. How about the gushing splendour of Iguazu Falls? Or the golden beaches and private islands of the south? Perhaps the Caribbean-like vibe of Salvador or cowboy ranch culture is more your thing? There’s the world’s largest tropical wetland, the Pantanal, and dozens more destinations off the beaten path.
What to do
Carnival is incredible and it’s not just held in Rio, there are celebrations all across the country. But a great guide is essential and that’s true of most travel experiences here, from gastronomy to backstreets to jaguar safari and beaches nobody knows about. Thanks to all the wondrous experiences, Brazil’s accommodation often goes unnoticed. There’s an excellent collection of five-star properties, from brands like Belmond and Rosewood, to boutique hotels, eco lodges and private island villas. So don’t rush to see everything, as you’ll have a very comfortable place to stay as well.