Brazil holidays bring together a veritable feast of colours and cultures. Experience this vast country's zest for life, from the unrivalled Amazon to African infused Salvador, a beautiful colonial town surrounded by countless beaches and ecological paradises. Beyond Carnival and its outstanding natural beauty, it's the hospitality and happiness of the people that make a Brazil holiday absolutely unforgettable!
- Sugar Loaf Mountain
- Copacabana Beach
- Salvador's Pelourinho District
- The Amazones
- Iguazu Falls
Rio de Janeiro: Samba, soccer and tourist attractions such as Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain aren't the only reasons to choose Rio, a cosmopolitan metropolis with museums, gastronomic restaurants and international shopping. Carioca lifestyle is better experienced during lazy afternoons on Copacabana or Ipanema beach and at nighttime, especially during Carnival when the city is an explosion of music and colours.
Iguazu Falls: Nature in Brazil deserves special attention, with several ecological parks and extremely varied ecosystems. Among the rare treasures, Iguazu Falls, located along the triple border of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, an impressive series of 275 waterfalls a little more than 60 metres high!
Samba and Carnival: No party in the world is as extravagant and spectacular as the Carnival; this grandiose commemoration gathers thousands of party-goers annually to have fun and watch the Samba School parades, teeming with floats, resplendent colour and dance. Either in Rio or Salvador de Bahia, this is an event not to be missed!
Amazon and Pantanal: World icons of ecology and biodiversity, the Amazon and Pantanal are paradises for flora and fauna lovers, hosting rich ecosystems where you will see more wildlife than anywhere else in the world. Covering the vast majority of the Brazilian territory, here you can enjoy boat trips, jungle expeditions, photographic safaris or just relax and listen to the sounds of nature from the privacy of your lodge.
Tropical beaches: No holiday to Brazil is complete without relaxing first by the warm waters and soft sands of one of Brazil's stunning beaches. Among the most visited, apart from popular Ipanema and Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, are the upmarket ecological beaches of Praia do Forte on the northern coast of Bahia, and the sophisticated resort of Buzios in the south, known as the Saint Tropez of Brazil since the 60s.
When to go
Temperature Range: 22°C - 32°C
Most popular: December - April
Best value: May - November
Best weather: December - April
Direct flights: British Airways
Indirect flights: American Airlines, Iberia, Lufthansa, Air France and Continental Airlines
Visa information: None for British citizens
Health information: No specific vaccinations required
Time Difference: GMT -3 hours
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When To Go
To avoid the highest prices of December to March, stick to before and after the high season. There will be fewer crowds and you could get that same stunning scenery for a bargain price.
Best Time to Go
Salvador and the resorts nearby (Praia do Forte, Costa do Sauipe, Bahia) have agreeable temperatures all year round between 25-30ºC, with a rainy season that begins around the beginning of April, lasting about three months. The high season in Rio is summer (December to March) but off season (May-October) is also a good option with temperatures not lower than 10-15 ºC. Try to stay over a weekend when the Copacabana road closes and you can get out and cycle, walk and enjoy the outdoor sunshine of Copacabana and Ipanema beach. The Rio carnival is normally at the beginning of March and the city can get very busy. Book early to avoid disappointment. In the Amazon the rainy season begins December to mid May. July to September is great for swimming and viewing the river wildlife, there are also less mosquitoes. Enjoy Iguazu Falls at its best at the end of rainy season (heaviest during Dec-Feb) or during the dry season (typically from April to July).
Most people travel to Brazil from December to March. It is the most popular time to explore many areas of the country. As it is so diverse different areas experience different temperatures and weather dependant on the times of the year. The beach areas of Salvador tend to have high temperatures and sunshine year round.
Brazil offers warm temperatures year round in most parts. For the beaches of Salvador de Bahia temperatures can reach over 32ºC from December to March. In the Amazon temperatures can reach 40ºC between June and November and the humidity can be very high.
The climate is predominantly tropical with some variation according to the region. Salvador and the resorts nearby (Praia do Forte, Costa do Sauipe, Bahia) have agreeable temperatures all year round between 25-30ºC, with a rainy season that begins around the beginning of April, lasting about three months. The high season in Rio is summer (December to March) but off season (May-October) is also a good option with temperatures not lower than 10-15 ºC. In the Amazon the rainy season begins December to mid May. Enjoy Iguazu Falls at its best at the end of rainy season (heaviest during Dec-Feb) or during the dry season (typically from April to July).
Brazil Travel Information
There are a number of carriers offering flights to Brazil from the UK.
Direct Carriers British Airways offer a direct service from the UK.
Indirect Carriers American Airlines, Iberia, Lufthansa, Air France and Continental Airlines offer indirect services to Brazil.
Departure Taxes An international departure tax of USD38/R$115 must be paid at Brazilian Airports.
Fastest Flight Time: 11hrs 40mins (London Heathrow - Rio de Janeiro)
British Citizens are not required to have a visa to enter Brazil but your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Brazil. Please contact the Brazil Embassy for up to date country and visa information on 0207 399 9000.
How to obtain a visa
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