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Brazil Tours

Epic in scale and spirit, brazil’s terrain includes the mighty Amazon, the wildlife of the Pantanal and thundering Iguassu falls, while this culturally diverse land offers African rhythms in Bahia, colonial cities and electrifying samba in rio.

Tours in Brazil

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Things to See & Do

  • Rio de Janeiro

    Rio de Janeiro

    Brazil’s most famous landmarks offer stunning views of the city, its bays and beaches. The statue of Christ, reached by train, has dominated the skyline since 1931, while Sugar Loaf Mountain is almost 400 mt high and is reached by taking 2 cable car rides.

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  • Iguassu Falls

    Iguassu Falls

    One of the world’s most stunning cascades, Iguassu Falls are the thundering centrepiece of the Iguassu Falls National Park, straddling the border between Brazil and Argentina. The Argentine side offers closer views, jungle trails and the chance of a boat ride to the base of the electrifying ‘Devil’s Throat’ Falls.

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  • Christ the Redeemer

    Christ the Redeemer

    Corcovado Hill is reached by a beautiful scenic drive along Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. From here a cog train climbs the beautiful mountain to where the statue of Christ, the Redeemer is located. The views over Rio are spectacular and it is easy to see why it was recently named one of the new 7 wonders of the world. The Statue was originally built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Brazilian Independence in 1922. It was completed in 1931, and at 125 feet, became the largest Art Deco sculpture in the world.

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  • Copacabana Beach

    Copacabana Beach

    Think of Rio and Copacabana beach cannot be far from your mind. Located at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain, it stretches for over 2.5km and is flanked by nightclubs, casinos and hotels. The most popular sport on this beach is soccer, and you can find games being played every few hundred yards throughout the day into the early evening. Copacabana beach hosts perhaps the largest New Year's Eve party in the world. Every year, Revéillon is celebrated on the beach with many thousands of people wearing traditional white, enjoying spectacular fireworks at midnight, and partying until dawn to watch the sunrise.

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  • Amazon

    Amazon

    The two rivers that are adjacent to Manaus, the Rio Solimões and the Rio Negro, merge to form what we know as the mighty Amazon River, which is ten kilometres wide even here. The meeting of the two rivers is well worth a visit. The area is home to a number of excellent lodges such as the Amazon Village or the Amazon Eco-Park and whilst the opportunity for spotting wildlife is diminished due to the size of the area a stay is enriched with walks with biologist guides and boat trips along the peaceful rivers.

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  • Pantanal

    Pantanal

    The Pantanal covers some 140,000 sq km and is the world’s largest freshwater wetland. Arguably the best place to view Brazil’s abundant wildlife, it contains over 700 species of birds and some 100 mammal species, including the majestic jaguar.

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  • Brazilian coastline

    Brazilian coastline

    Stretching for nearly 7,500 kilometres the Brazilian coastline is as varied as it is vast. From the swamps, mangroves and river channels of the north it follows a course that takes it through a diverse range of twists and turns that include dunes and lagoons, the fabulous beaches of Rio and the southern coastal plains, where the towering mountains reach down to the very ocean itself

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  • Amazon Eco Park

    Amazon Eco Park

    For those who want to visit the Amazon region, but don’t necessarily want to join a cruise,we can recommend a stay at the excellent Amazon EcoPark, just 30 minutes by motor launch from Manaus. Located on the banks of the Taruma River, a tributary of the Rio Negro, it is ideal for a short visit to the rainforest. Accommodation is in one of 60 rooms housed in 20 rustic bungalows. Rooms are cooled by fans and airconditioning and have private bathrooms with hot water showers. The Lodge has a panoramic open-air restaurant and there is also a bar and lounge area. In addition to catering to tourists the EcoPark is a scientific and educational complex and houses the Amazon Primates Rehabilitation Centre.

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  • Salvador de Bahia

    Salvador de Bahia

    Vibrant and colourful, Bahia is a real feast for the senses. Strongly influenced by its African roots, it is one of Brazil’s most culturally and historically important regions, with the beautiful city of Salvador offering a prime example of its rich mix of colonial traditions, vibrant colours, rich flavours and resonant sounds.

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  • Buzios Coast

    Buzios Coast

    Stretching for nearly 7,500 kilometres the Brazilian coastline is as varied as it is vast. From the swamps, mangroves and river channels of the north it follows a course that takes it through a diverse range of twists and turns that include dunes and lagoons, the fabulous beaches of Rio and the southern coastal plains, where the towering mountains reach down to the very ocean itself..

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Highlights of Brazil

Travel Experts

  • Sue Livsey

    Head to Santa Teresa fior stunning views over Rio and to see the famous “bonde”, the street cars of the early 20th century. The neighbourhood also offers some of Rio’s most exciting cultural and artistic activities as well as wonderful restaurants

    Sue Livsey
    Latin America Product Manager
  • Gill Thorp

    Go and visit Iguassu Falls, you won't regret it

    Gill Thorp
    Customer Relations Executive

Best Time To Go and Weather

Brazil is hot and humid all year round and the climate can vary from year to year. Much of Chile has a mountain climate with perpetual snow and glaciers in higher parts. The east central Argentina or the Pampas region is represented by Buenos Aires. It is hot and humid from mid-December to the end of February, where as this can very depending on which part of the country it is.

Essential Information

  • Time differenceGMT -3hrs
  • Flight Time11hrs
  • VisaNot for British passport holders*
  • ImmunisationsMalaria, Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Rabies**
  • CurrencyReal
  • CapitalBrasília
  • Area8.51 million sq km
  • Population175 million
  • Dialling Code+55
  • Electricity110/220V 60 Hz
  • LanguagePortuguese

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Key Phrases
Oi – Hi
Bom Dia Good Morning
Por Favor - Please
Tudo bem? How's it going?
Quantos? How many?
Por Favor - Please
Events
New Years Eve – Copacabana known as the world’s best known New Year party, the famous beach hosts fireworks, musical performances and diverse festivities to mark the new year February to March – Carnival, Salvador Among the biggest carnival in the world, around 2 million people gather on floats and play music on trucks known as Trios February to March - Carnival, Rio de Janeiro Among the most famous in the world, thousands gather in Rio to mark the beginning of Lent by partying with Samba parades, floats carrying sequinned dancers, as well as street parties and bands June – Festa Junina This festival which literally means ‘June Parties’ is a time when people wear grand outfits and sing and dance to commemorate the birth of Roman Catholic saint John the Baptist June to July 2014 – Football World Cup As Modern-day samba stars Neymar and Dani Alves fight to fill the rather large football boots of Pele and Cagu, Brazil will take centre stage to host this world famous football event August 2016 - Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro More than 10,500 athletes from over 200 nations will travel to Brazil’s capital city to compete in what are guaranteed to be inspiring Olympic and Paralympic sporting events October – Sao Paulo International Film Festival Known worldwide as Mostra, this non profit event showcases a variety of types of films and competitions, including a new directors competition, international perspective and special presentations
Food & Drink
Feijoada Meat stew cooked with black beans and garlic Picadinho Considered one of Brazil’s national dishes, it is simply minced meat, seasoned and cooked in a brown sauce with rice, sautéed kale, boiled potatores and a poached or fried egg with optional fried plantain. Moquecas Slow-cooked seafood stew consisting of fish, onions, garlic, tomatoes and cilantro Bobo de Camarao Shrimp dish in a puree of manioc (woody shrub) meal, coconut milk and flavoured with palm oil Ceviche Raw seafood dish marinated in citrus juices and spiced with chilli Coffee Producing coffee beans in Mogiana, Sul Minas and Cerrado, Brazilians love the coffee-drinking culture Caipirinha Popular cocktail made from Cachaca sugar cane rum, lime, sugar and ice Jugo Brazil is home to thousands of exotic fruits which are made into ‘Jugo’, literally meaning ‘juice’ sold on the streets from juice bars
Tipping
Tipping is widely welcomed and it is generally encouraged to leave a 15% tip in restaurants and hotels if service charge is not already included. Leave a 10% tip for taxi drivers in Rio as they are particularly street wise and leave housekeepers and barbers around 10% and airport porters 1-2 Brazilian Reals (90 cents-$1.37) and tour directors 3-5 Reals ($1.37-$2.38).
Books to Read
The Motorcycle Diaries A political memoir of adventure and self-discovery, written by Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, then a young medical student who leaves Buenos Aires on a motorcycle to explore South America Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho follows the story of Maria, a young girl from a Brazilian village who after a chance meeting in Rio, moves to Geneva in search of love, fame and fortune
Movies to Watch
City of God Directed by Fernando Mierelles and set in the Rio de Janeiro favela of Cidade de Deus, it tells a tale of two boys, one who follows a path of organised crime and drugs, and another who becomes a photographer City of Men Directed by Paulo Morelli, best friends Acerola and Laranjinha discover things about their missing fathers’ pasts which shatter their friendship amongst the drugs wars in Rio’s favelas
Music to Listen to
Capoeria A rhythmic music characterised by traditional percussion instruments like berimbaus (African instrument shaped like a bow), the atabaque (Brazilian drum) and the pandeiro (tambourine) Forrò A music for salsa and Caribbean like dance which originates from North eastern Brazil Reggaeton Originating from Peurto Rico and blends Jamaican dancehall and Haitian konpa with Latin American sounds Samba Contagious rhythmic music which is among the most popular in Brazil’s carnivals Bossa nova Made popular in 1950s Brazil, this is a more mellow mix of samba and jazz
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