Brazil truly has an individual flair in South America. Discover unmistakably Brazilian flamboyance and color in the enormous country’s scenery, wildlife, cities and carnivals. Observe colonial heritage in the only South American country to be colonized by the Portuguese. Secluded islands and white sandy beaches await exploration on 4,655 miles (7,491 kilometers) of Atlantic coast.
Experience the infectious energy of Rio de Janeiro, home to Sugar Loaf Mountain, Ipanema and Copacabana. Explore the sand dunes of Natal and the Afro-Brazilian culture of Salvador. Surf on the beaches of Florianopolis or wander the streets of Paraty, a beautifully preserved colonial town. Discover surfing, canoeing and snorkeling spots on picturesque islands, such as Fernando de Noronha, Ilha Catimbau and Ilhe Grande. Go island hopping along the Costa Verde.
Natural attractions abound inland, too. Spot anaconda, caiman, jaguars and wild boar amid the wetlands and savannah of Pantanal Reserve. Join a trek or river cruise through the jungles and rainforests of the Amazon. Discover waterfalls, river beaches, caves and remarkable rock formations while hiking in Chapada Diamantina National Park and Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park. Marvel at the majestic Iguaçu Falls, 275 individual waterfalls that span the Argentine border.
Visit São Paulo, a fast-paced city famous for its art galleries, markets and nightlife. Check out the purpose-built capital Brasilia and the traditional bars, or “botecos”, of Belo Horizonte. Alternatively, unwind in the parks of eco-friendly Curitiba.
Don’t miss the chance to discover the fun-loving character of Brazilians and their extravagant festivals, including Carnival, just over a month before Easter, and Réveillon (New Year). Join the wild crowds in Rio de Janeiro or experience local carnival style in Olinda and Recife.
Traveling around South America’s largest country takes time and many visitors choose to focus on specific regions. Getting around is made easier by budget airlines and a large network of reliable intercity buses. Wherever you decide to go you’ll uncover a fascinating mix of colors, cultures, rhythms and landscapes.