Braziltruly has an individual flair in South America. Discover unmistakably Brazilianflamboyance and color in the enormous country’s scenery, wildlife, cities andcarnivals. Observe colonial heritage in the only South American country to becolonized by the Portuguese. Secluded islands and white sandy beaches await explorationon 4,655 miles (7,491 kilometers) of Atlantic coast.
Experiencethe 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 alongthe Costa Verde.
Naturalattractions abound inland, too. Spot anaconda, caiman, jaguars and wild boaramid the wetlands and savannah of PantanalReserve. Join a trek or river cruise through the jungles and rainforests ofthe Amazon. Discover waterfalls, river beaches, caves and remarkable rockformations while hiking in ChapadaDiamantina National Park and Chapadados Veadeiros National Park. Marvel at the majestic Iguaçu Falls, 275 individualwaterfalls that span the Argentine border.
VisitSão Paulo, a fast-paced city famousfor its art galleries, markets and nightlife. Check out the purpose-builtcapital Brasilia and the traditionalbars, or “botecos”, of Belo Horizonte.Alternatively, unwind in the parks of eco-friendly Curitiba.
Don’tmiss the chance to discover the fun-loving character of Brazilians and theirextravagant festivals, including Carnival, just over a month before Easter, andRéveillon (New Year). Join the wild crowds in Rio de Janeiro or experiencelocal carnival style in Olinda and Recife.
Travelingaround South America’s largest country takes time and many visitors choose tofocus on specific regions. Getting around is made easier by budget airlines anda large network of reliable intercity buses. Wherever you decide to go you’lluncover a fascinating mix of colors, cultures, rhythms and landscapes.