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Not content with just being the largest country in South America, Brazil is the beating heart of Latin America, comprising of white-sand beaches, pulsating salsa music and an abundance of exotic wildlife. No matter what you’re looking for in your getaway, a holiday to Brazil will bring all of your senses to life - and leave you with unforgettable memories!
Few cities in the world captivate travellers as much as Rio de Janeiro. With its mix of luxurious beachfront hotels, mid-budget accommodation and international chain hotels, the city is open to groups of all sizes, budgets and travel styles.
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Rio de Janeiro
With its vast swathes of palm tree-lined beaches, world-famous sights and vibrant Portuguese influences, there’s no surprise that Rio de Janeiro attracts tourists in their droves all year round. The city delights visitors with its year-round warm temperatures (visit between November and April for the hottest weather) and hypnotic nightlife. There’s even more to see close to the city too, making it a fantastic gateway to exploring more of Brazil.
One of the best-loved spots in Brazil, Copacabana beach is where you’ll find a number of high-end hotels. Many feature rooftop leisure facilities, coastal views and quick access to the beach, making it the best location for those wanting to be in the heart of the sunny action. Ipanema beach is just a 30-minute walk away and is home to sophisticated 4 and 5* hotels; more affordable budget options such as hostels are available in the heart of the city, although they are a little further away from the main sights.
What to see
Brazil is a tantalising melting pot of exciting sights. Nature lovers will lap up the natural wonders across the country, from the billion-year rocks found at Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros to Iguazu Falls which sits on the border with Argentina.
Rio de Janeiro itself is home to many of the iconic sights we often associate with Brazil - and South America as a whole. Christ the Redeemer - a 30-metre tall Art Deco sculpture of Jesus Christ - looms over the city, with visitors able to take a trip up for mesmerising views out over the city. In the distance there’s Sugarloaf mountain which is accessible via glass-walled cable cars. Those with a head for heights can take the short trip up to the top and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the crescent-shaped Copacabana beach.
When it comes to beaches, sunbathers are spoilt for choice. Of course, the most famous is Copacabana beach; during the day the beach comes to life with activity. If you’re there over New Year, don’t miss out on the famous White Party, where everyone who descends on the beach to party is dressed head to toe in white clothing. The nearby Ipanema Beach also attracts crowds throughout the year with various patches for sports lovers, families and sunbathers.
The city also features a multitude of cultural sites including The Museum of Tomorrow, a science museum located in a futuristic-looking building that sits by the coast. Don’t forget to also get your Instagram shots in at the Selaron Steps - colourful steps that were created by Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón as a tribute to the Brazilian people.
You’ll never be short of somewhere to spend your evening in Brazil, with streets teeming with life well into the early hours of the morning. Ice-cold beers, flamboyant dancing and pulsating beats make up many a good night in Brazil - and nowhere is this more evident than in Rio. The city has everything from jazz clubs to open-air bars, electronica nightclubs and sophisticated restaurants, ensuring there’s something for every type of evening out. And, of course, there’s the constant party fever of the Rio Carnival, held every year in February or March. People from all over the world flock to the streets for drinking, dancing and late-night parties.
What to eat
Brazil has a thriving culinary scene that’s evident across its Michelin-star restaurants, local cafes and street food stalls. You’ll find empanadas in virtually all food places across Brazil - these small pies are usually filled with dried meat, chicken or prawns and are the perfect snack to have on-the-go. Feijoada is a popular main dish that’s made with black beans and meat chunks, and then served up with sides including farofa - a corn flour mixture - and bacon bits. Lastly, don’t miss out on the chance to sample some delicious authentic brigadeiro. These balls of truffles are made with condensed milk and smothered in chocolate sprinkles. Sometimes there’s even a whole strawberry hidden inside to bring the flavours to life even more.
From luxury shopping centres to open-air markets, Rio de Janeiro is a shopper’s paradise. Bargain hunters looking to pick up a memorable souvenir or a gift for a loved one should head to Feira do Rio Antigo, a street market that’s held on the first Saturday of each month. There’s everything from folk art to one-of-a-kind vintage accessories - and there’s even live music playing as you shop. Ipanema’s Hippie Fair is another must-visit. It’s held in Ipanema every Sunday, with stalls selling a variety of local arts and crafts. Meanwhile, the sprawling shopping centre of Barra da Tijuca is home to both high street fashion shops as well as local boutiques.
Fast Facts about Brazil
- Direct flight time: 11 hours 25 minutes from London
- Time Zone: Between GMT -2 and GMT -5
- Currency: Brazilian real
- Language: Portuguese
- Average price of a domestic beer: 7.00 R$
- Average price of a bottle of wine: 30 R$
- Number of Brit tourists per year: Around 150,000