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.