Very few tourist destinations can offer such varied options as Brazil. Its natural beauty, the popular festivities and the countless protected environmental reserves are all valuable attractions. Due to its size, Brazil can offer you so many unforgettable experiences and a visit to this country will leave you with lasting visual impressions due to the wealth of culture, colours, landscapes and beaches. One of the most famous images of a South American beach is of course that of Rio de Janeiro’s beaches - Copacabana and Ipanema - with the back drop of mountains and the islands in the bay.
To the west of Rio de Janeiro is the beautiful Emerald or Green Coast and its resorts, and three hours to the east of Rio is the charming and stylish resort destination of Buzios. Either of these two areas are a great choice for a relaxing add-on to your visit to Rio de Janeiro. The famous Rio Carnival takes place every year during February.
The city of Salvador de Bahia, in northeast Brazil, hosts a fine colonial heritage and a culture that has survived the slave trade in music, cuisine and religion. You can extend your visit to the historic quarter and vibrant music of Salvador at one of the nearby beach resorts.
Ouro Preto is the old gold mining capital in the heart of Minas Gerais and one of Brazil’s finest examples of colonial architecture.
The vast wetlands of the Pantanal are one of the world’s greatest wildlife reserves and this area is best visited in the dry season, between July and October, when the animals and birds congregate at the few remaining areas of water.
The city of Manaus is your gateway to the immense network of water-ways, lakes and vegetation known as the Amazon region which you can choose to see from a river cruise or experience the jungle by staying at one of the fine lodges.
When to visit
Brazil is a tropical country and the heaviest rains fall at different times according to the region: November-March in the southeast, December to March in the centre west and April to August on the northeast coast. In the Amazon region the rainy season can begin in December and is heaviest between March and May. The further south you go in Brazil the more temperate the climate becomes. April to June and August to October are generally recommended times to visit most parts of the country. December through to February is when Brazilians take their holidays so flights and hotels will be extremely busy. The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro takes place in February and hotel space during this period is fully booked many months in advance.
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