Brazil Holidays

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

Our favourite hotels

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.

Unique

Belmond Copacabana Palace

Rio de Janeiro

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,879 pp

Belmond Copacabana Palace
Poolside bar

Porto Bay Rio Internacional

Rio de Janeiro

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,529 pp

Porto Bay Rio Internacional

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 Information

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.

  • 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.

  • 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 go to 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.

Select month

Average weather in January

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
27ºC
126mm
Salvador
28ºC
34mm
Buzios
25ºC
12mm
Iguazu Falls (BR)
26ºC
107mm

Average weather in February

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
27ºC
118mm
Salvador
28ºC
28mm
Buzios
26ºC
Iguazu Falls (BR)
25ºC
112mm

Average weather in March

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
27ºC
125mm
Salvador
28ºC
48mm
Buzios
26ºC
3mm
Iguazu Falls (BR)
26ºC
74mm

Average weather in April

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
25ºC
101mm
Salvador
28ºC
102mm
Buzios
25ºC
3mm
Iguazu Falls (BR)
23ºC
83mm

Average weather in May

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
24ºC
78mm
Salvador
27ºC
161mm
Buzios
23ºC
4mm
Iguazu Falls (BR)
18ºC
129mm

Average weather in June

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
21ºC
58mm
Salvador
26ºC
113mm
Buzios
22ºC
3mm
Iguazu Falls (BR)
17ºC
103mm

Average weather in July

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
21ºC
39mm
Salvador
25ºC
93mm
Buzios
22ºC
6mm
Iguazu Falls (BR)
17ºC
49mm

Average weather in August

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
22ºC
40mm
Salvador
26ºC
82mm
Buzios
22ºC
6mm
Iguazu Falls (BR)
19ºC
67mm

Average weather in September

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
23ºC
65mm
Salvador
26ºC
58mm
Buzios
22ºC
9mm
Iguazu Falls (BR)
20ºC
97mm

Average weather in October

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
24ºC
82mm
Salvador
27ºC
40mm
Buzios
22ºC
15mm
Iguazu Falls (BR)
23ºC
127mm

Average weather in November

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
25ºC
100mm
Salvador
27ºC
61mm
Buzios
23ºC
3mm
Iguazu Falls (BR)
24ºC
109mm

Average weather in December

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
27ºC
135mm
Salvador
28ºC
46mm
Buzios
25ºC
9mm
Iguazu Falls (BR)
26ºC
101mm
  • Nick, Senior Destination Manager

    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."

  • Gina, Destination Specialist

    Gina

    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.”

Events & Festivals in Brazil

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 in Brazil

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.

Our Brazil destinations

Brazil

Manaus

Manaus

Brazil

Iguazu Falls - The Brazilian side

Iguazu Falls - The Brazilian side

Brazil

Buzios

Buzios

Brazil

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro
Praia do Forte beach

Brazil

Praia do Forte

Praia do Forte

Brazil

Salvador

Salvador

Types of Brazil holidays

Brazil has many places to visit and we offer many different holidays to help you discover the country. Personalise your holiday by selecting the areas you want to see and we can tailor make it or select a scheduled tour taking in the key areas.

Brazil Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Brazil is a huge country, the 5th largest in the world and therefore there can be vast distances to travel. The easiest and quickest way is to fly from place to place as there is a big network of domestic flights. 

When planning your Brazilian holiday be sure to consider flying times.

Flights to Brazil take between 11 hours and 12 hours. British Airways and LATAM Airways currently offer direct flights from London Heathrow to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. There are also indirect flights with Iberia, TAP Portugal and Air France.

Having hosted the football world cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016, Brazil has improved its safety dramatically over the past few years. Whislt no country can claim to be 100% safe, providing you are sensible (i.e - Do ot have lots of jewellery on show etc) and stick to the main areas that toursits visit, then you should not have any problems. 

Brazil uses Type N plug in two types of voltage. The 10-amp plug has two rounded pins that are 4mm thick, plus a grounding pin. The 20-amp plug has two rounded pins that are 4.8mm in diameter, with a grounding pin. 

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