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Cinematic landscapes, incredible biodiversity, vibrant cultures and an endlessly energetic nightlife. Welcome to Brazil. One of the world’s most captivating countries - and the fifth largest - Brazil really has got it all. From palm-cloaked beaches and wild rainforests, to buzzing cities and colonial villages, there’s an endless diversity to the landscapes, the wildlife and the people.

Brazil is home to much of the Amazon rainforest, and the planet’s greatest variety of plants and animals - a trip to Brazil is the perfect time to explore South America’s jungle. Stay overnight in a jungle lodge; explore the winding channels of the Amazonian river; and take part in thrilling expeditions through the rainforest. The Pantanal region of Brazil - one of the world’s largest wetlands and a World Heritage Site - also nurtures a dazzling array of biodiversity, from colourful tropical birds to majestic big cats, including the rare jaguar.

From dense rainforest to vibrant city, a world of variety awaits on a holiday to Brazil

While the Amazon and Pantanal regions provide the perfect setting for wildlife enthusiasts, city-lovers will be blown away by Brazil’s most iconic towns and cities. Head to sun-kissed Rio to visit world-famous sites such as Copacabana beach, Sugarloaf Mountain and the immense Christ the Redeemer statue. Wind through Salvador’s historic old town to take in the colonial architecture, colourful buildings and baroque churches.

Music is a big part of the country and its culture, and it wouldn’t be a trip to Brazil without a little dousing of samba-fuelled fun. March to the beat of bongo drums with Salvador’s Afro-Brazilian community, or get your hips swaying to Rio’s frenetic samba pulse.

The diversity of Brazil makes it the perfect destination whether you want a romantic getaway, a solo adventure or a family-friendly trip. Get in touch with one of our Destination Specialists and we’ll start planning you an incredible holiday to Brazil.

Destination Highlights

  • Samba til the sun comes up in electric Rio de Janeiro and experience Brazil’s vibrant heart
  • Stay in a jungle lodge deep in the mighty Amazon Rainforest and adventure into the wild on hikes and boat excursions
  • Explore the vast wetlands of Pantanal, glimpsing the plethora of wildlife in this uninhabited region
  • One of Brazil’s oldest cities and incredibly picturesque, roam the colourful colonial buildings and baroque churches of Salvador

Great sample itineraries


Join one of our Brazil tours to discover the secrets and scenery of this country. Whether you’re a gourmet-enthusiast or a nature-lover, we’ve got a tour for you. If you can’t see what you’re looking for, get in touch with our Destination Specialists.

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Private Tour Guide Rio De Janeiro

  • 8 Days
  • Guide Price £3,299 PP
Our Highlights of Brazil tour takes in three of Brazil’s most important attractions, while giving you ample time to enjoy...
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Solo holidays
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Food Tour Rio De Janeiro

  • 5 Days
  • Guide Price £2,299 PP
Get a true taste of Brazilian culture on our Rio Culinary tour, which takes you to all of the city’s...
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All inclusive holidays
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Luxury Amazon Rainforest Tour

  • 3 Days
  • Guide Price £1,099 PP
Head in to the Amazon by boat ride along the mighty Amazon river to your jungle lodge. Cruise into the...
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Adventure holidays
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Toronto Montreal Quebec Ottawa Tour

  • 4 Days
Our Pantanal Discovery Tour provides an introduction to the incredible biodiversity of the Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland. The bulk...
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Explore in style at one of these exclusive hotels. We love nothing more than crafting the perfect trips for our customers. Get in touch so we can tailor make your dream trip to Brazil.

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Belmond Copacabana Palace

Superbly positioned overlooking the sea, the Belmond Copacabana Palace is an iconic landmark in Rio and has been welcoming the...
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Guide Price £1,879
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Porto Bay Rio Internacional

With a gorgeous rooftop swimming pool overlooking the white sands of Copacabana beach, the Porto Bay Rio International is in...
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Guide Price £1,529
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Explore Brazil

Time Zone

GMT -3 hours and GMT -5 hours, depending on area visiting

Flight Time

11–12 hours; direct flights are available from London Heathrow to Rio and Sao Paulo. Indirect flights are available from other UK airports

Currency

BRL - Brazilian Real

Visa Information

British citizens aren’t required to obtain a visa for travel to Brazil.

Language

Portuguese

Health Info

No specific vaccines are required for travel to Brazil, though if visiting the Amazon or Pantanal areas it is advised to speak to your doctor about malaria protection.

Brazil has so much to see and do that it is impossible to do everything in one visit, which is why main people keep going back after their first trip to Brazil. Below we have selected a few things to do that many people would like to experience, particularly on their first visit. These experiences can last from a few hours to a few days, though all are amazing and memorable. If you want to do anything that is not listed here ask your Destination Specialist about it as there is a really good chance we can offer the experience.

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Carnival Fever

Each year, more than 500,000 visitors descend onto Rio's streets to dance to hip-shaking samba and frevo music that blasts throughout the city. Dating back to 1723, the carnival is held before Lent each year with the Winner's Parade occurring on the Saturday after the carnival draws to a close. Join the Carnival for 2019 on our Rio Carnival Package, 3 nights/4 days from 2nd to 5th March 2019. Call our team for further details and prices.

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An Amazon adventure

With such a diverse landscape and so many iconic sights, it’s no wonder many travellers leave Brazil wanting more. The paradisiacal Amazon rainforest, often called the “green lung of the earth”, is a must see for any nature lover. Take a boat ride along the Amazon River on your way to your jungle lodge, then delve into the forest to visit a local tribe or fish for piranha.

Rio de Janeiro

Christ the Redeemer

The world-famous Christ the Redeemer statue, known in Portuguese as Cristo Redentor, stands above Rio de Janeiro with arms outstretched at the top of the mountain of Corcovado. At nearly 100 feet tall, it’s an unmissable sight for any stop in Rio. Take the funicular train to the top of Corcovado to get up close, then snap panoramic photos of the sprawling city below.

Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls

Iguazú Falls lies at the convergence of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, creating one of the most breath taking natural wonders in this corner of the world. With over 270 separate cataracts plunging 80 metres into the river below, it’s the most voluminous waterfall on the planet. For an unmatched experience, take a boat trip to the base and view it from both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides.

Copacabana Beach

Copacabana Beach

One of the most famous beaches in the world, Copacabana beach is a most visit.

Best time to visit Brazil

Brazil can be visited year-round and has various climatic extremes. The warmer months - and best time to visit - are November to March when temperatures can reach 30˚C–40˚C. October can get very humid, with humidity levels of 80%. The rainy season covers December to February, although the rain usually only falls in short sharp bursts.

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Average Weather in January

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
27° C
126 mm
Salvador
28° C
34 mm
Iguazu Falls - The Brazilian side
26° C
107 mm

Average Weather in February

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
27° C
118 mm
Salvador
28° C
28 mm
Iguazu Falls - The Brazilian side
25° C
112 mm

Average Weather in March

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
27° C
125 mm
Salvador
28° C
48 mm
Iguazu Falls - The Brazilian side
26° C
74 mm

Average Weather in April

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
25° C
101 mm
Salvador
28° C
102 mm
Iguazu Falls - The Brazilian side
23° C
83 mm

Average Weather in May

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
24° C
78 mm
Salvador
27° C
161 mm
Iguazu Falls - The Brazilian side
18° C
129 mm

Average Weather in June

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
21° C
58 mm
Salvador
26° C
113 mm
Iguazu Falls - The Brazilian side
17° C
103 mm

Average Weather in July

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
21° C
39 mm
Salvador
25° C
93 mm
Iguazu Falls - The Brazilian side
17° C
49 mm

Average Weather in August

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
22° C
40 mm
Salvador
26° C
82 mm
Iguazu Falls - The Brazilian side
19° C
67 mm

Average Weather in September

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
23° C
65 mm
Salvador
26° C
58 mm
Iguazu Falls - The Brazilian side
20° C
97 mm

Average Weather in October

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
24° C
82 mm
Salvador
27° C
40 mm
Iguazu Falls - The Brazilian side
23° C
127 mm

Average Weather in November

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
25° C
100 mm
Salvador
27° C
61 mm
Iguazu Falls - The Brazilian side
24° C
109 mm

Average Weather in December

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
27° C
135 mm
Salvador
28° C
46 mm
Iguazu Falls - The Brazilian side
26° C
101 mm
Nick, Senior Destination Manager

“If you’ve got time, make sure you visit the Olympic Stadium and village in Rio de Janeiro. Rio put on fantastic Olympic games in 2016 and the stadium is now open for those that didn’t make it to the games themselves."

Nick
Senior Destination Manager
Barbara, Destination Specialist

“Rio Carnival takes place every February and is simply dazzling - this is a wonderful time to visit Brazil. Make sure you book early to secure a room in the best hotels and tickets to the huge parade.”

Barbara
Destination Specialist

Events & Festivals

When it comes to street carnivals in South America, Brazil remains the celebrated champion. Rio Carnaval and Salvador Carnival both hold their own magic, and both deserve a visit. Why not start your dance in the salsa frays of Rio, before moving on to the intoxicating beats of Salvador?

Rio de Janeiro Carnaval, Brazil

People flock from all over the world to join the throngs celebrating this colourful carnival from 21-26 February - the world’s biggest street party, clocking over two million attendees. From huge, dazzling float parades to samba street parties, dress in your best and get lost in the drums and the dancing.

Salvador Carnival

The music fueling Salvador Carnival is not samba but a heady fusion of African and Brazilian pop. Another impressive festival, huge street parties take place all week from 28 February to 6 March. Listen out for the beat of the bongo drums, and don’t be surprised to find your hips shaking involuntarily.

Local Cuisine

Brazilian cuisine features a blend of influences and cultures, and dishes vary greatly across the country’s regions. There’s an abundance of delicious dishes to try while you’re there, from steaming stews to succulent steaks.

Caipirinha Cocktail

Brazil’s national cocktail is a fiery affair, and widely popular throughout South America. It consists of lime, sugar and Brazil’s local - rum-esque - spirit, Cachaça, which is made from fermented sugarcane juices.

Feijoada Stew

One of Brazil’s traditional dishes, the hearty Feijoada bean stew consists of black beans and salted pork or beef. A true labour of love, the traditional cooking process takes up to 24 hours. It is served with rice, cabbage and sometimes an orange slice.

Picanha Steak

Brazil is famed for its BBQ delights. Picanha is Brazil’s premium rump or sirloin steak, typically grilled on a skewer, and seasoned with little more than salt. Expect large portions.

Pastels

Pastels are a Brazilian salty snack, typically enjoyed with drinks in a bar or at a kiosk on the seafront. The pastels are made of thin pastry, with various different fillings found in locations across Brazil.

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