Brazil's colourful diversity and abundance seem to embody everything that is best in South America. Brazil is home to magnificent cities, exquisite waterfalls, lush rainforests, thousands of miles of pristine white sand beaches and the Amazon flows through its heart! Get inspired to visit Brazil today.
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Whether you want to travel in Brazil, go backpacking, try your hand at capoeira, see Carnival or experience the highlights of the country - we have some incredible experiences to ignite your wanderlust. Get Brazil travel tips and inspiration on our destination guide:
Brazilian cities are connected to a number of worldwide airports and most international flights arrive into Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro. You can also cross the border by land from countries like Argentina or there are also cruises and boat trips which stop off at ports in the country. Most Nationalities do not need to apply for a tourist visa in advance of arrival and you can stay for up to 90 days.
Brazil has a warm climate, even in winter - July to September, the temperature is usually around 15-25 degrees. During summer - December to January you can expect the temperature to be well in the 30's. The North of the country is a lot warmer than the South and the weather can be unpredictable in places like Sao Paulo. There is no best time to visit this country, every month offers a different experience
Geographically speaking, Brazil is a huge country and culturally has extremes of diversity. You will find delightful regional differences in culture, from the Amazon in the north to the famous southern cities of Rio and Sao Paulo. North-East Brazil is well worth a visit too. If you would like to travel in Brazil here is some advice for the best things to see and do...
Rio de Janeiro: The most famous spot in Brazil – Rio de Janeiro. Not many cities in the world hold an allure quite like Rio. There are bountiful things to see in this city of rich beauty; delicious Brazilian fruits and acai berry stands, sunny beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, exciting football matches, lively nightlife, tourism landmarks of Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain, and even its own Atlantic rainforest park. The beaches in Rio can get crazily crowded on hot summer weekends and the average temperature is higher than 30°C. Taking part in Rio Carnival, going to a ‘sambódromo’ (sort of a parade stadium) or simply partying on the street carnival is a great cultural experience. The atmosphere and the energy are thrilling.
Amazon: We couldn’t imagine going to Brazil without stopping in the Amazon. This brilliant biome is home to some of the most diverse range of species on earth. Having learnt about it since elementary school it invokes a true sense of enthrallment, and a much needed refresher to realize to us humans how many spectacular other creatures we really do share this world with. You fly into the city of Manaus, a hub to many jungle companies. Make sure you check up on them before to ensure reliability, experience, and satisfaction. I did a four day experience, involving piranha fishing, jungle nature walks, and overnight stay in the jungle.
Foz do Iguacu Falls: One of the New 7 Wonders of the World, Iguazu (Iguacu) Falls lives up to its reputation. With over 275 individual falls it is wider than Niagara and set in the middle of a sub-tropical rainforest. The falls since being formed have eroded the bedrock and retreated 28km from its present day location. Plan on two days here, as you will want to see both the Brazil and Argentina side of the falls.
Salvador: The place where the first Portuguese ship dropped anchor. Historic city to visit and sun kissed beaches to relax, let alone the buzz and great atmosphere at Carnival. Salvador not only celebrates Carnival with the rest of the country but they have a pre and pos Carnival. It’s also not as expensive to get around and go out in Salvador as it would be in Rio. The coastal city of Salvador is in the Bahia state on the east coast. By far the culture hub of Brazil, if you stay/visit the historic Pelourinho it will allow you to experience traditional musical performances and celebrations which seem to lighten up this square night after night. Lots of neat day trips to the surrounding area and beaches are assessable from here as well.
Sao Paulo: The most cosmopolitan and biggest city not only in Brazil, but in South America. São Paulo boasts a wide range of pubs, restaurants, museums, street markets and the night life is effervescent. Although it’s virtually impossible to escape from the packed public transport and the daily headache of traffic jams in rush hours, you can easily scape to the sea side. The coast is only 1 hour by car or bus from Sao Paulo.
Bonito: A small town in South West Mato Grosso do Sul. ‘Bonito’ in Portuguese means ‘beautiful’ and the places lives up to its name. It’s heaven for those who love adventure and ecotourism. Hiking and biking in forest trails, explore caverns (dry and flooded), see marvellous waterfalls, go swimming and snorkelling are a couple of things in can do in Bonito.The temperature is always pleasant at about 27 °C in the summer.
Manaus: Fly to North Brazil, visit Manaus and go further from there to venture in the Amazon Rainforest. Manaus is the port of eco-tourism to river boat trips, the impressive Amazon Rainforest and cruises. It’s the largest city in Brazil that is in the middle of the jungle and be prepared for the heat. The average temperature there is 40 °C in the summer. However, in North and North East Brazil you can count with a summery climate. Don’t miss the ‘Meet of the Waters’ and a visit the impressive Amazon Theatre built in 1896.
Pantanal: One of the most stunning locations in terms of nature and wildlife in the world, there are lots of excursions available here. You will get to travel by land and boat seeing nature, learning more about the area and also seek out exotic wildlife.
With One World 365 you can get ideas and inspiration for things to to when travelling or backpacking in Brazil. We are certain to have a package to match any interests, you can choose between short one day, or one month and longer options. Our holidays are authentic and you will get to travel like a local. You can explore incredible destinations like Recife, Olinda, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Salvador de Bahia, the Pantanal, Manaus and the spectacular Brazilian Amazon.
A reliable public transport system runs in Brazil but due to the size of the country durations can be long. Internal flights can be quite expensive but there is a relatively cheap bus service which runs throughout the country and stops in most towns and cities. There are different levels of comfort depending on what your budget is.
Brazil is one of the most expensive places you can visit in South America - but this country is worth spending the money to see - you will not regret it. Currently £1 is around 4 Riel ($1 is 3 Riel) and you will find Rio and Sao Paulo the two most expensive cities in terms of accommodation, going out and sightseeing. View our
Visiting Brazil can seem a daunting prospect, if you mention to someone that you are planning to visit they might mention the crime and social issues which you must be aware of. You shouldn't let crime put you off visiting though, remember Brazil is a country with over 200 million people and very few foreigners ever encounter any problems. Our top recommendations to stay safe include:
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