South America’s largest country is more than Beaches, Caipirinha and Carnival
Brazil’s vibrant music, beautiful people, first-class football and miles of pristine beaches present a party image that is not undeserved. But the fascinating history, diverse cultures and spectacular natural beauty of this vast nation offers something to tempt everyone.
Brazilians are fun loving people and Carnival in Rio de Janeiro attracts some half a million foreign visitors each year. But Carnival only happens once a year, and Brazil is a country that can be visited at almost any time. Rio, of course, boasts many of the iconic sights associated with Brazil, but the country offers much more than that… We very much enjoyed the BBC’s short video of Brazil from the Air filmed from their Hexacopter for the 2014 World Cup.
Nature lovers will want to head towards the Pantanal – a tropical wetland which is home to an astonishing diversity of flora and fauna. It may not be as well-known as the Amazon, but it is a lot closer to the principal cities and is, arguably, the best place in Brazil to see wildlife. The world-famous Iguassu Falls are truly awe-inspiring waterfalls both taller than and almost twice as wide as the Niagara Falls – and set in a wonderful National Park – a must-visit destination.
The Pantanal and Iguassu are just two of the nineteen UNESCO World Heritage sites found in Brazil. Twelve of these are sites of cultural interest – including no less than six historic colonial town centres in Brazil, all of which are beautifully preserved. The jewel in the crown is, perhaps, Ouro Preto, but other colonial towns such as Salvador, Olinda and Paraty take one back to the days of slaves and masters – and demonstrate the huge wealth and power wielded by the Portuguese in the past.
Why visit now?
Brazil has undergone many exciting changes. The legacies of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics have truly put Brazil on the map.
With huge improvements in the infrastructure during the past decade visitors now have access to more of Brazil than ever before and the country boasts some spectacular hotels and private villas. There are a number of superb spots to wind down and chill out. The beaches of the northeast, with little towns like Trancoso and Pipa offer a range of top-notch accommodation with a laid-back charm… and we can also recommend some delightful inland hideaways. Florianopolis in the South has some wonderful beaches including one of Brazil’s best hotels, the Ponta dos Ganchos.
Brazil is one of the few countries in Latin America with frequent non-stop flights from London. So whether it is for a week of partying – or as part of the trip of a lifetime – let us help you discover this truly amazing nation.
To discover more about Brazil and the wide variety of experiences it offers, give us a call or send us a message.
Places we love to stay
Caiman Ecological Refuge
Top end wildlife lodges in heart of Southern Pantanal, dedicated to conservation of this famous Jaguar habitat.View details about Caiman Ecological Refuge
The 60 foot Tupaiu is a regional yacht based on the Tapajos River. Comfortable, without being luxurious, the Tupaiu is the perfect type of vessel for exploring this unspoiled regionView details about Tupaiú Yacht
This substantial classic art-deco hotel deserves its well earned iconoclastic reputation for excellent service.View details about Copacabana Palace
A new five-star hotel located on the beach in Barra District, to the north of Ipanema.View details about Grand Hyatt
Vila Santa Teresa
One of the best appointed and most exclusive boutique hotels we have seen in South America.View details about Vila Santa Teresa
Designer hotel fronting Rio’s famous Ipanema Beach where urban chic, sun and sea blend together in perfect harmony.View details about Fasano, Rio
Santa Teresa Hotel
Original coffee plantation mansion in the cultural and historical centre of the city with panoramic views of the harbour and bay of Rio.View details about Santa Teresa Hotel
Casa Colonial Paraty
Two stunningly restored colonial properties.View details about Casa Colonial Paraty
Solar da Ponte
A delightful 18th century colonial mansion in the picture postcard historical village of Tiradentes, which is less of a hotel and more of a home.View details about Solar da Ponte
A truly delightful hideaway located on a remote beach on the Maraú Peninsula, but within striking distance of the fun bars and restaurants in Barra Grande.View details about Butterfly House
Solar do Rosario
Renovated 19th Century colonial mansion close to centre of Ouro Preto, where history breathes over this lively university town.View details about Solar do Rosario
Cristalino Jungle Lodge
Tastefully restored Ecolodge and Private Forestry Reserve the banks of the Cristalino River in Brazil's Southern Amazon.View details about Cristalino Jungle Lodge
Reserva do Ibitipoca
Sympathetically restored eighteenth century farmhouse in Brazilian interior and one of the best boutique hotels in Brazil.View details about Reserva do Ibitipoca
Delightfully restored home in the old town with excellent views of the city from its position on top of a hill.View details about Aram Yami
Convento do Carmo
Classic elegance with service to match in the Pelourinho district of Salvador.View details about Convento do Carmo
A sophisticated and secure resort hotel providing top quality service to international guests.View details about Txai Resort
Ideally positioned to explore Boipeba, walk along deserted beaches or enjoy the beach bars. A place to relax and let time go by.View details about Pousada Mangabeiras
A very stylish and ecologically considerate hotel discreetly tucked away from the outside world.View details about Kenoa Resort
Pousada do Amparo
Located right in the thick of it in central Olinda, this hotel is one of the best places to view the carnival.View details about Pousada do Amparo
A destination hotel occupying an elevated position looking out over the blue waters of the Baia do Sueste.View details about Pousada Maravilha
Toca da Coruja
With well appointed rooms and two attractive swimming pools, the Toca da Coruja is set in its own glorious tropical garden in the centre of Pipa.View details about Toca da Coruja
Kilombo Villas & Spa
Ideal for families and small groups of friends, the Kilombo Villas offers accommodation in stylish modern villas enjoying a spectacular cliff top location outside Pipa.View details about Kilombo Villas & Spa
A sleek and modern hotel in the most exclusive part of the city is an A-listers favourite and merits the attention it receives for its excellent position and service.View details about Emiliano
Fasano, Sao Paulo
A piece of Sao Paulo’s history of hospitality transformed into a hotel in Jardins, the city’s most charming neighbourhood.View details about Fasano, Sao Paulo
Five star luxury hotel with excellent views of the city and all the creature comforts for a special Sao Paulo weekend.View details about Tivoli Mofarrej
Stylish historical boutique hotel combining charm, coziness and modernity.View details about Casa Turquesa
An eco-friendly working farm in the hills above São Paulo offers a real get-away from everyday life.View details about Catuçaba
Ponta dos Ganchos
On a peninsula with views to the ocean, the property has earned its reputation as one of the country’s best luxury hotels.View details about Ponta dos Ganchos
Etnia Clube de Mar & Etnia Pousada
Outstanding design, local materials and great service – these two sister hotels share their facilities, one near the Quadrado and one on the beach. Both offer a friendly and relaxing environment.View details about Etnia Clube de Mar & Etnia Pousada
Hotel das Cataratas
A top quality luxury hotel enjoying an unrivalled position opposite the Iguassu Falls.View details about Hotel das Cataratas
Rancho do Peixe
A lovely family friendly hotel situated near the village of Jericoacoara and nearby beaches, in an area remarkably unknown to visitors from outside Brazil.View details about Rancho do Peixe
Insolito Boutique Hotel
The Insolito offers two swimming pools and a commanding position overlooking the sea.View details about Insolito Boutique Hotel
Botanique Hotel & Spa
Exceptional service and cuisine in an incredible setting – two hours from the city centre.View details about Botanique Hotel & Spa
A beautifully restored colonial town house which is now a fine boutique hotel next to the Sao Francisco Church and Convent in the heart of the Pelourinho.View details about Villa Bahia
Uxua Casa Hotel
A unique brand of chic in the centre of Trancoso – enjoy the best combination of the beach and the town.View details about Uxua Casa Hotel
Zank Boutique Hotel
Well appointed boutique hotel overlooking the Atlantic Coast in one of Salvador’s prime residential districts.View details about Zank Boutique Hotel
An outstanding example of contemporary architecture located in a private elevated position above the fashionable resort of Buzios.View details about Private Villa
Exhilarating walks in a national park with caves, waterfalls, table top mountains and a colonial hotel.View details about Chapada Diamantina
A larger pousada with a literary theme in the heart of Paraty.View details about Pousada Literaria
A charming new boutique hotel, situated on the beach five miles from the historic centre of Trancoso.View details about Pousada Tutabel