About Brazil Travel
Beaches: The “St. Tropez of South America”, Buzios boasts 20 superb beaches with crystal-clear water, quiet coves and relaxing beaches.
Brasilia: his is the only city built in the 20th century designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the grand architecture of its public buildings, gardens and avenues.
Iguassu Falls: Both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides of this magnificent horseshoe-shaped falls are designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Manaus & Amazon Rainforest: Manaus is the largest metropolitan area in Northern Brazil. This is also the last refuge of Brazil’s indigenous tribes.
Natal: The “City of Sun,” Natal is known for its giant white sand dunes. Dunas Park is the second largest urban park in Brazil. With museums such as the Museu de Arte Sacra, and the Museu de Cultura Popular.
Ouro Preto: The “city of gold” is encircled by mountains. This UNESCO World Heritage City reveals its masterful architectural style in the 1742 Governor’s Palace, exquisite colonial churches, gardens and cobblestone streets.
Pantanal: This vast wetland is a refuge for capybara, caiman, giant river otter, and the rare marsh deer. More than 650 species of birds include macaw, crowned solitary eagle and jabirus.
Praia do Forte: An hour north of Salvador, Praia do Forte is in a protected environmental area. This is a good location to view humpback whales and explore coral reefs.
Recife & Olinda: Recife is famous for its 17th-century architecture. History buffs love these towns for their old quarters, ornate churches and an Inquisition jail. Olinda, a UNESCO World Heritage City, is nearly 500 years old.
Rio de Janeiro: Rio is the most visited city in the southern hemisphere. From Copacabana Beach to Sugarloaf Mountain, it makes a grand impression.
Salvador: This is called the soul of Brazil as it was here the nation was founded in the 17th century. The old city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Salvador is noted for its cuisine, music and Portuguese architecture.
São Luiz do Paraitinga: The property includes an operational organic farm, rivers, and expansive mountaintops views. Numerous lakes include one specifically reserved for leisure activities, such as canoeing, fishing and swimming.
Ubatuba: The region around Picinguaba is beautiful, well preserved and lesser known parts of the entire Brazilian coast. Activities include hiking in the rainforest, cruising on a schooner to local islands, kayaking and scuba diving.
Best Times to Travel to Brazil
Festivals & Special Events
•Larger than the United States, Brazil has five major climatic subtypes: equatorial, tropical, semiarid, highland tropical, and temperate. In general, winter lasts from June to August, with the coldest temperatures south of Rio. Summer runs December to March with stifling humidity in the far south. Brief rains are common, given the tropical climate, but the dry interior has fewer months of heavy rainfall. The Amazon Basin is the wettest area, and near the mouth of the river it rains year round. The heaviest rainfall is from December to May. In the area of Recife, the wettest time is May to August. Further south in Rio, the wet season is November to April. From July to December, it is possible to drive the Pantanal.
•Carnaval is a four-day celebration throughout much of the continent. From Saturday to Fat Tuesday, in keeping with the Catholic season of Lent, Rio is an unforgettable party of masked balls, parades with outrageously costumed revelers and fireworks.
•The June Bonfire Festivals are an integral part of Brazilian culture. Throughout Rio, folklore celebrations take place in the form of games, dancing, fireworks and bonfires.
•Reveillon, New Year’s Eve in Rio is an extravaganza when millions pack the beaches for an all-night festival of music, food and fireworks.
- Culture, History & Arts
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- Festivals & Events
- Food & Wine
- Islands & Beaches
- Romance, Weddings & Honeymoons
- Walking & Biking
- Wildlife & Nature
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Day 1: São Paulo, Brazil
Founded in 1532, the city, the largest in Brazil, is known for its architecture, gastronomy and cultural venues.
Day 2: São Paulo
This cosmopolitan city offers a wealth of opportunities to explore its culture, art and cuisine.
Day 3: São Paulo / Ubatuba
This coastal resort offers beautiful views, beaches, excursions by boat and an ideal place to relax.
Day 4: Ubatuba
Hiking in the tropical rainforest, cruising on a schooner to local islands, and scuba diving are some items on the menu.
Day 5: Ubatuba / São Luiz do Paraitinga
The historic town of São Luiz do Paraitinga is home to a retreat set amid rivers, lakes and mountains
Days 6-7: São Luiz do Paraitinga
A roster of activities here includes canoeing, fishing and swimming in some of the many lakes as well as exploring a working organic farm, horseback riding and hiking.
Day 8: São Luiz do Paraitinga / Rio de Janeiro
Sophisticated Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city in the southern hemisphere.
Days 9-10: Rio de Janeiro
The city is home to the famous Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado, premier shopping, restaurants, beaches and so much more.
Day 11: Rio de Janeiro / Depart
Custom Travel Options
Beaches (3-4 days)
Giant dunes, secluded coves and rocky coasts offer activities from scuba diving to camel riding on the dunes.
Brasilia (2 days)
Brazil’s futuristic capital with its grand architecture and gardens earned it the title of UNESCO World Heritage City.
Iguassu Falls (2 days)
This natural wonder encompasses some 150 to 300 waterfalls, depending on the water level and season.
Natal (3 days)
Natal and other beaches, like Pipa, are growing more and popular among Brazilian and international tourists.
Ouro Preto (3 days)
The “City of Gold” is a UNESCO World Heritage City of cobblestone streets, churches and terraced gardens.
Pantanal (4 days)
Pantanal’s wetlands are a vast refuge for capybara, caiman, tapir, monkeys and some 600 species of birds.
Praia do Forte (3 days)
Luxury spas, groves of coconut palms and a turtle sanctuary add up to more than just a beach retreat.
Recife & Olinda (3 days)
These towns are packed with history in atmospheric old quarters, ornate churches and a historic Inquisition jail.
Salvador da Bahia (4 days)
Colonial monuments contrast with African folk culture as seen at the colonial-era slave auction site.
São Paulo (2 days)
São Paulo is a vivacious city that offers a wealth of the world-class restaurants, museums and activities.
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