Brazil

Overview

This is a hugely vast country, and it is certainly worth exploring in bite-sized chunks rather than trying to cover all areas in one go. The only Portuguese speaking country in Latin America, Brazil's highlights include boating down the Amazon and witnessing the day to day lives of the inhabitants who live along its banks. The wildlife along this stretch is absolutely fabulous - from pink dolphins to a dozen different types of native macaw. Visit the remote corners of the Pantanal wetlands where you're almost guaranteed to see the elusive leopard if you are patient enough.

For swanky city slickers, Brazil does not disappoint. In this country there is the never-ending battle between ‘Paulistas’ (residents of Sao Paulo), and Rio de Janeiro’s ‘Cariocas’ – each city trying to outdo the other. Sao Paulo, often overlooked, is actually the country’s art mecca.

However, Rio still takes the prize for dramatic geographical splendor. It’s pretty hard to beat that bird’s eye view as you paraglide off Sugar Mountain, or look up at Christ the Redeemer and the Corcovado from a boat down below. The view from Lightfoot’s favourite rooftop sundowner isn’t too shabby either, especially when appreciated with the obligatory Capirinha in hand.

Other cities that vie for attention include Salvador, Florinopolis and Buzios. But often its the desire for beach bumming that wins out, and Brazil is ideal for that with one of the longest and most varied stretches of coastline in the world. We dare you to tire of this ultimate Latin destination.

Lightfoot Travel creates tailor-made itineraries to Brazil and throughout South America. Our travel designers have explored the region, sampled the activities, and stayed at the properties we use. So when we make a recommendation, you can trust that it’s based on firsthand experience.

Brazil Regions

São Paulo

An estimated 20 million people live in and around São Paulo, making it the third-largest metropolis on earth, and in a country already bursting with energy and life, Sampa (as the city is l…

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Rio de Janeiro

If it's the thought of the 'Girl from Ipanema' that attracts you to Brazil's beaches, when you see the scores of bodies that line the sand along this city, you'll wonder why you'd ever live …

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Salvador

Salvador comes alive to the beat of the drums! With roots stemming from the African slave trade, over 85% of the people have close ties to the music they grew up with, and it is inherent in …

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Brazilian Amazon

The Amazon Rainforest covers a huge swathe of northern Brazil, bisected by the 4,400 mile Amazon River and the Amazon Basin, well over half of which is located in Brazil.

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Pantanal

The Pantanal is the largest freshwater wetlands area in the world and quite simply the top wildlife destination in the Americas.

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Iguassu Falls

The Iguazu Falls are one of South America’s undoubted highlights and whilst it is deservedly a busy destination it is often the highlight of many of our clients’ trips to the region. An …

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Buzios

Billed as the St Tropez of Brazil, Buzios is only a three hour drive along the coast east of Rio de Janeiro making it an easy destination to combine as part of a short city & beach bre…

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Costa Verde

Translated as the 'Green Coast', the Costa Verde stretches between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and more than lives up to its name. The beauty of this region is its proximity to both cities…

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Florianopolis & Southern Brazil

Florianopolis, on the island of Santa Catarina in Southern Brazil, has become one of the trendier spots in the country thanks to beautiful beaches, lush coastline and some of the finest priv…

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Brazil Itineraries

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Amazon Clipper Premium

Brazil, Brazilian Amazon

The Amazon Clipper Premium is a traditional Amazon vessel and one of the more comfortable to ply the waters out of Manaus, the so-called gateway to the Amazon. The boat offers 3 and 4 day t…

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Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge

Brazil, Brazilian Amazon

Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge is perhaps the most comfortable and exclusive of the lodges reached from Manaus, the principal gateway to the Brazilian Amazon. Located 2.5 hours from the city, it i…

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Araras Eco Lodge

Brazil, Pantanal

The largest continuous wetland on the planet sits in the heart of South America, in the Pantanal, Brazil. And nestled amid this wildlife sanctuary is Araras Eco Lodge, a rustic yet comfortab…

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Belmond Copacabana Palace

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

The Belmond Copacabana Palace is a glamorous Belmond Hotel landmark, and is pre-eminent among the best hotels in Rio de Janeiro. Since its Art Deco doors swung open in 1923, it has been wel…

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Belmond Das Cataratas

Argentina, Brazil, Iguassu Falls, Iguazu Falls & Ibera Wetlands

As one of only two hotels set within the protected National Park, the Belmond Das Cataratas Hotel is an excellent spot to be based during your stay in Iguassu. This pink-coloured colonial bu…

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Caiman Ecological Refuge

Brazil, Pantanal

Caiman Ecological Refuge is perhaps the most luxurious lodge in the Pantanal. Specifically located in the south, around three hours’ drive from Campo Grande airport, it consists of two sta…

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Casa Cairucu

Brazil, Costa Verde

Casa Cairucu is a beautiful private house on the shores of the Bay of Paraty. Only accessible by boat, just 20 minutes from colonial Paraty, it suits families, groups of friends and couples/…

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Casa do Amarelindo

Brazil, Salvador

Casa do Amarelindo is a charming little hotel just steps from the main square and churches of the historic Pelourinho district. Set within a beautifully restored colonial mansion in Salvador…

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Casa Turquesa

Brazil, Costa Verde

Located by the pier in the historic centre of Paraty, Casa Turquesa opened in May 2008 and welcomes its guests with a combination of charm, coziness and modern comforts. Casa Turquesa boa…

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Casas Brancas

Brazil, Buzios

Casas Brancas is a stylish 32 room boutique hotel overlooking Buzios Bay from its hillside location a short walk from the cobbled streets of the Rua das Pedras. A 2.5-3 drive from Rio, Casas…

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Convento do Carmo

Brazil, Salvador

Convento do Carmo presents itself as the first historical and luxury hotel in Brazil. A former friary, it was constructed in 1586, and boasts outstanding colonial architecture, graceful furn…

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Cristalino Lodge

Brazil, Brazilian Amazon

Head to the southern Amazon for one of our favourite jungle experiences in Brazil. Reached by flight from Cuiaba, also the gateway to the northern Pantanal, this allows for a combination of …

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Fasano Sao Paulo

Brazil, São Paulo

This luxury boutique hotel is located in the exclusive Jardins district in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Envisioned by the Fasano family, a name synonymous with the best dining Sao Paulo has to offer, …

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Fazenda Barranco Alto

Brazil, Pantanal

Fazenda Barranco Alto is a family-run farm located in the heart of the southern Pantanal. One of our favourites, it is set on the banks of the Rio Negro, a wildlife-rich area known for its i…

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Fazenda Catucaba

Brazil, Costa Verde

Whilst not strictly on the Costa Verde, Fazenda Catucaba is a superb option for a few days’ country retreat to unwind after a long flight. Around two hours’ drive from the city and the …

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Fazenda da Lagoa

Brazil, Salvador

The Hotel Fazenda da Lagoa is a coconut farm in Southern Bahia. Situated between the sea and the Aliança River, it is nestled amongst the mangroves in a remote and quiet area. Protected fro…

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Hotel Fasano

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

Located on Avenida Vieira Souto in the heart of Ipanema beach, Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro combines the glamour and sophistication of Rio’s most coveted address with the Fasano commitment …

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Hotel Santa Teresa

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

Built on an old colonial fazenda in a historical district, Hotel Santa Teresa is for those who wishing to explore a new side of Rio de Janeiro. Be awed at the magnificent panoramas of the ci…

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Insolito Boutique Hotel and Spa

Brazil, Buzios

Located in the peninsula of Búzios, a two-hour drive from Rio de Janiero, Insólito Boutique Hotel is a chic, eco-friendly retreat that combines personalised service with a contemporary bea…

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L’Hotel Porto Bay

Brazil, São Paulo

This luxury boutique hotel is situated close to Avenida Paulista in the centre of Sao Paulo, Brazil. L’Hotel Porto Bay’s design is a fusion of classic European style and modern sophistic…

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Mama Ruisa

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

A beautifully restored colonial mansion, once home to the mayor of Rio, Mama Ruisa sits in charming and historic Santa Teresa neighbourhood in the hills above Rio de Janeiro and Guanabara Ba…

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Ponta dos Ganchos Resort

Brazil, Florianopolis & Southern Brazil

Ponta dos Ganchos Resort is a stunning resort set on a private peninsula south of Florianopolis. As one of the most exclusive properties in Brazil, this luxurious yet understated is known fo…

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Porto Bay Rio Internacional

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

Set on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach, the Porto Bay Rio Internacional is one of our favourites. Whilst it has 117 rooms, it is one of the few on this stretch of beach to feel more bout…

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Posada Puerto Bemberg

Argentina, Brazil, Iguassu Falls, Iguazu Falls & Ibera Wetlands

Located in the grounds of the historic ‘Finca Bemberg’ in the Misiones region of Argentina, thirty minutes from the Iguazu Falls, Posada Puerto Bemberg is a charming boutique hotel that …

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Pousada Literaria

Brazil, Costa Verde

Pousada Literaria is a chic luxury guesthouse set within a number of beautiful colonial houses in the heart of historic Paraty on the Brazilian Costa Verde. The 22 bright and spacious roo…

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Pousada Picinguaba

Brazil, Costa Verde

Picinguaba overlooks a peaceful bay at the heart of the Natural Park of Serra do Mar, the tropical coastal forest running between Rio and São Paulo. It faces the sea and a 3 km-long prot…

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Pousada Vila d’Este

Brazil, Buzios

Pousada Vila d'Este, practically next door to another local favourite, Casas Brancas, has a lovely relaxed feel to it with a privileged position overlooking Armacao Bay and the town. The poo…

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Sheraton Iguazu Hotel

Argentina, Brazil, Iguassu Falls, Iguazu Falls & Ibera Wetlands

The Sheraton Iguazu Hotel is set within the jungle of the Iguazu National Park, perfectly located for exploration of the park and is walking distance from the spectacular Argentine side of t…

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Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa

Brazil, Salvador

Uxua Casa Hotel and Spa features ten unique casas, which blend seamlessly into the historic centre of Trancoso, a small fishing village on Brazil’s southern Bahian coast. Four casas are…

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Villa Bahia Pousada

Brazil, Salvador

Villa Bahia Pousada is nestled in the heart of Salvador’s Pelourinho, the historic UNESCO-listed quarter of the city. Made up of two colonial mansions, beautifully converted into a luxury …

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