The appeal of a holiday in Brazil is obvious to many people. Famed throughout the world for its white sand beaches and turquoise seas, vast Amazonian rainforests and lively, diverse culture Brazil is the world''s fifth largest country. It has a huge amount to offer any traveller, so Brazil holidays are diverse and exciting.
Originally home to scattered indigenous tribes, Brazil was colonised in the early 1500s by the Portuguese. Slaves from West Africa were brought in to work on the sugar plantations, mine for gold, and later work on the coffee plantations alongside thousands of European immigrants. An influx of Japanese immigrants in the early 20th Century added to the racial mix which has produced todays cultural diversity, from samba in Rio de Janeiro to candomble in Salvador.
Brazil's landscape is as diverse as its people with a five thousand mile coastline of pristine beaches, many backed by desert-like dunes or Atlantic rainforest. The wildlife rich Pantanal, the world's largest seasonal wetland, can be found in the south west of the country, Iguazu Falls thunders between the border with Argentina, and about one third of the world's rainforest, including more than half of the Amazon, are found here.
Brazil makes an excellent location for lover's of culture, wildlife or beach relaxation, and there are some beautiful coastal locations for honeymooners. There are also daily flights to and from Peru so the majesty of Machu Picchu high in the Andes, and Brazil's beautiful coast, can easily be combined in a multi centre itinerary. A holiday in Brazil really does offer something for everyone.
A wonderful week on the south coast including beaches, a scenic train journey and lovely hotels and lodges
Rio, the Amazon & the Pantanal - a fantastic wildlife odyssey in Brazil.
A wonderful opportunity to venture deep into the Pantanal with excellent chances of seeing jaguars.
Enjoy the excitement of Rio before arriving at your own private paradise on the Costa Verde.
Experience the Amazon from the comfort of your own motor yacht plus the exciting city of Rio.
Read about some of the inspirational experiences you could have in Brazil
Below you'll find some of our very favourite places to stay in Brazil. However you can also see our full directory of properties by clicking the "All Places to Stay" button.
Offers charming, rustic accommodation in the Pantanal, Brazil's primary wildlife destination.
Eco-friendly lodge on the Cristalino River in Brazil's southern Amazon. Great wildlife and birding.
A well-established hotel in Iguazu National Park just a stone's throw from the famous falls.
A stylishly refurbished colonial mansion set high above Rio with excellent views of the bay.
Take an expedition cruise on the Tucano, a comfortable 9-cabin Amazon river boat which departs from Manaus.
Lovely 9-room hotel located on Brazil's stunning forested coastline between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.
Stay in a floating hotel in the heart of the world's best jaguar spotting territory!
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Flight time: Most flights go to Sao Paulo but some airlines have direct flights to Rio de Janeiro, and to North-eastern Brazil. British Airways and TAM have direct flights from London and many European carriers also offer flights to Brazil.
Language: Portuguese is the official language. Spanish and English are understood quite widely.
Visas: Not required for British nationals.
Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the rainforest.