Formerly a Portuguese colony, western civilisation fuses with traditional culture to create a warm, authentic vibe that makes Brazil an irresistible destination. Well-known for being the heartland of traditional Latin American dance music (it’s the home of the Samba), Brazil is also famous for its robustly flavoured coffee and Caipirinhas – the national cocktail made from cachaca, lime and sugar!
No trip to Brazil would be complete without a foray into the breathtaking Amazon rainforest, combined with a boat trip down part of the iconic Amazon river, the second-longest river in the world. From wild jaguars in the Pantanal through to monkeys in the forest, there is a wealth of wildlife to enjoy. If you prefer marine life, why not try snorkelling in the crystal clear waters around Costa Verde, perhaps staying in Mindelo for a while?
From the bright lights and nightlife of Copacabana to the quieter Lagoinha do Leste or Morere, Brazilian resorts are nothing short of idyllic. If your idea of ultimate relaxation is a shady hammock on a sandy beach, staring out across the ocean with a glass of something cold in your hand, Brazil is the place to go.
Overlooked by O Cristo Redentor (the second largest statue of Christ in the world), Rio de Janeiro is a city that doesn’t disappoint. Famous for its Carnival festival, visitors to Rio will want to take a cable car trip up Sugarloaf mountain or wander the atmospheric streets of Santa Tereza, the artistic quarter of the city.
If you want to visit the most modern city in the world, a day or so in Brazilia is a must. The city was only created in the 1950s, a complete contrast to Sao Vicente, the oldest city in the country.