Plan a Gap Year to Brazil

Thinking about taking a gap year in South America? Brazil is a huge country with lots to see and do - you really need to add this country to your itinerary. 

Just mentioning the name Brazil seems to perk imaginations more so than most other countries. It’s renowned for its natural beauty, exotic ecosystems and diverse culture. It’s also rapidly developing and gaining in popularity as it hosted the 2014 FIFA world cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. But above all, the most important factor to remember when planning on backpacking or travelling around Brazil is: it’s HUGE.

There is a dazzling string of great cities along its coast - the pulse-pounding resort of Rio de Janeiro; sprawling, metropolitan Sao Paulo; and, further north, entrancing canals and bustling piers of Recife. The locals are football crazy, try to engage them in conversation and they will love chatting to you. Try to learn Portuguese phrases to help your experience.


Top Things to Do

Essential things to do on your gap year in Brazil include seeing:

  • Bustling cities like Rio De Janerio, Bahia and Sao Paulo
  • The Foz De Igazu falls is a long journey from anywhere but the waterfalls are some of the best in the world 
  • The Amazon and the Pantanal is highly advised if you like nature / wildlife
  • Bahia and Natal are also recommended
  • Underrated destinations include Curitiba, Fortaleza, Jericoacoara and Belo Horizonte

If you do not speak Portuguese and would like to see the highlights we highly recommend a gap year experience which includes transport, accommodation and selected meals. You will experience the best of Brazilian culture - eat the food, drink the drink & enjoy the music and atmosphere of this country. There are lots of different gap year programs available to join all year round and you can search options and book a dream experience today. 

Discover new destinations, embrace new experiences and find incredible things to do in Brazil on our directory.