Rio de Janeiro is one of the main gateways to the country, and is one of a handful of cities in Latin America which really shouldn't be missed. The iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer towers over the city, looking out over Copacabana Beach and Sugar Loaf Mountain, and all the different bays, beaches and islands give Rio one of the most beautiful settings of any city in the world.
From Rio, the options of where to go onto are endless. Wildlife enthusiasts will doubt look to the Pantanal and the Amazon.
In the Pantanal, the largest inland delta in the world, guests can head out on safari by boat, on foot, by car or on horseback, to explore the vast array of flora and fauna, which includes the elusive jaguar, pumas, crocodiles and capybaras, not to mention almost 700 bird species.
Up in the Amazon, this time the largest rainforest in the world, one can explore the wonders of the forest and its indigenous communities by day and by night, from the comfort of a rainforest lodge or by private yacht.
If you are in search of something more cultural, Salvador, the capital of Bahia, is widely acknowledged as Brazil’s cultural capital and the country’s rich Afro-Brazilian heritage is evident everywhere, from Capoeira martial arts displays to delicious local cuisine.
To the south of Bahia, Minas Gerais was an important state in Brazil’s 18th Century gold rush. Today, visitors can explore its beautiful cobbled streets and stunning architecture of Ouro Preto and Tiradentes, home to some of the finest churches ever built in Latin America.
And then there are the beaches. Even if this isn’t the main reason you have come to Brazil, the country is blessed with thousands of miles of beautiful Atlantic coastline and there is a reason why the vast majority of the population lives near the coast. So whether it is a chic boutique hotel on an exclusive beach or somewhere more low-key near a quaint fishing village, we can recommend the right place for you.
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