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Brazil

South America's giant, Brazil is a seductive country with dazzling beaches, tropical islands and picturesque colonial towns. If you have a penchant for life and its vivacity, Brazil is the perfect holiday spot for you. Its verdant rainforests boast an astounding array of wildlife, while its wildly energetic cities are home to a multitude of ethnic groups.

Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country in both size and population, and its thriving economy has made it Latin America's powerhouse. This is a country revered for its football prowess and rich musical traditions, which include samba, bossa nova, tropicalismo, forro and numerous other distinctive styles. Carnival is the best-known manifestation of this celebratory spirit and is feted throughout Brazil. Rio de Janeiro and Salvador are the best places to join the mayhem, when samba-filled parties erupt through the streets, and revellers dance and celebrate for days on end.

As well as the world's biggest rainforest in the Amazon, Brazil boasts many wilderness areas including the wildlife-rich wetlands of the Pantanal, the canyons and caves of the Chapada Diamantina and the colourful old gold-mining towns in the mountains of Minas Gerais. Take a trip around Rio de Janeiro and enjoy one of the most beautiful views in the world from under the arms of the iconic Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue. Witness the spectacular sight of Iguacu Falls including the impressive Garganta del Diablo. The area surrounding the falls is a protected national park containing abundant wildlife.

On a more relaxed day, explore the colourful city of Salvador da Bahia, with Pelourinho's colonial era buildings and winding cobblestone streets. Visit Manaus, in the heart of the Amazon or simply wander Paraty, a charming town that was once a major port for the export of gold. Join the carnival atmosphere in the historical town of Olinda, a colourful, colonial town that was once the centre of Brazil's slave trade or journey to the northern coastal city of Fortaleza, a popular resort and the starting point for a trip to Jericoacoara. One can also visit the ruins of 300-year-old Jesuit missions and Sao Miguel das Missoes. Travel to the mouth of the Amazon at Belem, a thriving port city with an exquisite historical centre.

The population of Brazil is a melting pot of races, including indigenous people, descendants of slaves from Africa and the offspring of European immigrants. This variety is reflected in the food, architecture, music and culture of Brazil. It is this assortment of places, people and traditions that make Brazil such an unforgettable place to visit.


Quick Facts

Location: South America

Time: Brazil spans several time zones

Eastern Standard Time: GMT - 3 


Western Standard Time: GMT - 4

Capital: Brasília


Visa: Pre-departure visa required. However, some nationalities do not require visas.

Language: Portuguese is the official Language. However, Spanish, English, Italian, French and German are also spoken.

Weather


The climate varies from hot and dry in the arid interior to the humid tropical rainforests of the Amazon jungle. Coastal Brazil tends to be hot and sticky for most of the year but it can get cold in the south and in the mountains during the winter months. Rainy seasons occur from January to April in the north, April to July in the northeast and November to March in the Rio/Sao Paulo area.

Currency

The currency of Brazil is the Real.