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Brazil

Brazil immediately conjures up images of Rio, with its famous Copacabana beach, the colourful annual carnival, the statue of Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain and vibrant culture. Yet Brazil has so much more to offer – including the vast Amazon rainforest, Iguazu Falls– the world’s tallest waterfalls – not to mention beautiful beaches!

Brazillian Rainforest

Why

The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world and a World Natural Heritage site. Experience stunning scenery and look out for Endangered and unique wildlife and fauna. The Amazon river is 4,020 miles long and the world’s longest and largest river. The rainforest is home to 250 species of mammals, 2000 fish species and 1000 bird species, and a wide variety of tree species. Go jungle trekking and see reptiles and exotic insects such as butterflies; try piranha fishing, spot alligators, take a canoe ride in small creeks, and have your senses enlightened by amazing colours and sounds.

How

By boat – sail down lush river corridors bursting with rainforest birds and wildlife

On Foot – hike through the jungle, exploring the rainforest with expert guides.

When

There’s no best time to visit the rainforest, it all depends what you want to see.

November’s the warmest month. January’s the wettest.

Iguazu Falls

Why?

They’re among the world’s most spectacular waterfalls. Taller than Niagara Falls and twice as wide, there are 275 cascades spread in a horsehoe shape over nearly two miles of the Iguazu River. Simply breathtaking.

How?

You can view them from Brazil or Argentina, but the most popular view point is on the Brazilian side. Follow the boardwalks, walkways and nature trails for incredible views of the falls. You can take a boat or Jeep trip. Even a helicopter ride! There are so many ways to see the falls.

When

May is normally a goo d month, as it’s the rainy season, so the falls are at their most spectacular! Avoid Easter and July (very busy).

Beaches

Beaches and Brazil go together like Flip and Flop so it’s no wonder that coastal holidays in Brazil are extremely popular with white sandy beaches and turquoise seas. With thousands of kilometres of stunning coastline, and more beaches than you can shake your Havaianas at,there’s a beach for everyone. While Rio has its share of world-class city beaches, the best ones are actually found elsewhere. And they’re a lot less crowded too.

Why

Brazil’s long coast boasts hundreds of magnificent beaches, with huge stretches of deserted golden sand and palm trees. You can see turtles on the sand and whales in the sea, sip cocktails as you watch truly stunning sunsets, and dance away to some Brazilian Samba!

How

It’s probably best not to try to cram in too many different beaches, considering that Brazil is slightly larger than the United States! Buses are the main form of long-distance transport for many travelers, and bus services are generally very good.  Departure times are usually very punctual, and most of the buses are clean, comfortable and well-serviced vehicles. Alternatively, the The Brazil Air Pass a quicker  way to travel within Brazil, enabling you to hop from place to place during a period of 21 days..
When

The best beach weather is March – May and September – November, but the hottest time is December – February, so it depends how hot you like it! And if you’re going for the Carnival – the world’s biggest party – then that’s around February every year.

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