Brazil is increasingly popular, becoming one of the most attractive destinations in the world.
From the life and vibrancy of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, two of the most visited destinations in the country, to the splendour of Iguasu Falls, visitors will be absorbed into a part of the world filled with culture, architecture and nature which is second to none making Brazil is the most visited country in the continent of South America today.
Brazil covers nearly 50% of the South American continent with it's geography and uniquely documented history from the rest of the Latin American world have combined to offer a rich culture full of diversity and charming contradiction.
Currency: Brazilian Real
Season: December - May
Rio de Janeiro was the capital of Brazil until 1960. Often called “Cidade Maravilhosa” (The Wonderful City), Rio de Janeiro is world renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and location, nestled between lush, green mountains and crystal-clear seas. Rio is one of the most prominent cultural and economical cities in Brazil and features some of country’s most famous attractions such as the iconic beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. The wonders of Rio can be admired from the top of the Sugar Loaf: impressive in its own height, it guards the entrance of the Guanabara Bay; and also by the feet of the Corcovado Statue that blesses the entire city with his open arms and dominates most of the Carioca skyline. There are other equally inspiring mountains such as “Dois Irmãos” and the “Pedra da Gávea” to appreciate. There is also the Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world and the Botanical Garden, which hosts the biggest botanic library in the country; Paquetá island; and the city’s many parks and gardens. Man has also produced his own attractions that include the city’s many museums and galleries that cover a wide range of topics and styles.
Nightlife and entertainment in Rio are great! In Lapa and Santa Teresa we can find the most typical bars playing old sambas in a setting that still preserves houses and old mansions. More sophisticated nightclubs can be found in Ipanema, Leblon, Barra and Gávea. Visitors who want to experience a little more of Brazil’s own culture in its many shapes and forms, can enjoy spectacular shows aimed specifically at the tourist. Visitors are encouraged to pay a visit to one of the city’s samba schools (when they start the rehearsals before carnival) or to one of the “gafieiras” with their steamy dancing.
The oldest city in Brazil and its first capital, Salvador was one of the main slavery gates in the country and nowadays is a prosper center for African-Brazilian culture and also considered the heart of the Brazilian culture. The exotic local cuisine, the vivid music, the dance and pulsing visual arts are all the prove of the African influence. Being one of the main historic destinations in Brazil, the city is fulfilled with churches, houses and fortress that reflect the impressive Portuguese architecture from the Baroque period.
Salvador is divided in two sections. The “Cidade Baixa” (Lower Town) has the old seaport and the commercial center, where visitors can find a great variety of handcrafts and other Brazilian arts in the Mercado Modelo. There is also the best place to testify a Capoeira show, that was developed by the African slaveries in Brazil and mixes martial arts and dance. The “Cidade Alta” (Upper Town) can be reached through cobbled streets or through the famous Elevador Lacerda, also a belvedere over All Saints Bay. There are many historical government building, museums, churches and modern architecture.
Fortaleza, capital of Ceará, mixes natural beauties, culture, music, fun and cuisine. The city's main attractions are its exuberant beaches, bustling nightlife and pleasant summer weather. The famous Futuro beach has a magnificent landscape and warm green waters, as well as adequate infrastructure to guarantee the comfort and satisfaction of those who visit. The beaches of Iracema, Mucuripe and Meireles have a great waterfront for walking, cycling and watching a breathtaking sunset.
It is interesting to know the Centro Dragão do Mar de Arte e Cultura (Sea Dragon Art and Culture Center), where there are museums, cinema, theater, planetarium, library, shows and events. Still, the José de Alencar Theater is fascinating with its Art Nouveau architecture. The Metropolitan Cathedral and the Central Market of Fortaleza are also must-see attractions. The city is known for having hectic nightlife, vibrant every day of the week with several options that include restaurants and bars, traditional "forró" dancing houses and the popular humor shows.The city is a haven for shopping, with an emphasis on its handicrafts. It enchants by the beauty and delicacy of its maze shaped lace, the most traditional lace in the place, besides the little bottles with drawings made of colored sand, objects in clay and wood. Fortaleza's cuisine has tropical and exotic flavors, with typical dishes such as "carangueijada", "peixada", "bobó de camarão", "baião de dois", "carne de sol", "tapioca", as well as desserts such as "cuscuz nordestino", "rapadura" and "bolo mole". The capital can be visited during the whole year. The recommended is between July and December, when sun and wind are guaranteed. From January to June the weather is also pleasant, but rain may occur.
Less than 80 km from Rio de Janeiro, a pleasant 2-hour drive takes you to Armação dos Búzios, whose more than 20 magnificent beaches and crystal clear waters contrast with the exuberant sculpted landscape and exotic vegetation. Originally settled by European pirates and slave traders, the place prospered and became a picturesque fishing village. Búzios retains its charm of the colonial period, with streets paved by rocks and fishing boats floating in the sea, a small paradise for all who visit.
Sunny days can be enjoyed on one of many hectic beaches, such as Geribá, the most popular and chosen by surfers. Others are ideal for relaxing with children, such as João Fernandes and Ferradurinha, where it is interesting to taste the delicious cuisine in the restaurants by the sand. It is possible to go to schooner rides, kayaking, snorkeling or other water sports to discover the beauties of the region. The windsurfers and kitesurfers prefer Rasa and Manguinhos beaches, due to the winds. Most of the beaches have efficient infrastructure for the total comfort of the visitor, but there are also many deserted ones, with untouched natural beauties and an environment of peace.
In the evening, the charming Orla Bardot invites you for a walk in the moonlight, passing by fine restaurants and parties in front of the wonderful Armação beach. A few meters away, Rua das Pedras is the emblematic street where diverse faces, languages and cultures meet, creating a very diverse environment with exotic international and national restaurants, hectic nightclubs, bars with good music, art galleries, boutique shops and handicrafts. Búzios can be visited year-round, with the high season being from January to March, and the low season from April to November.
Jericoacoara is a beach located in the northeast of Brazil, in the state of Ceará. Until 1985, it was just a small fishing village, lost between dunes and isolated, without electricity or paved streets. Nowadays the sand streets are still there, and the wild and picturesque appearance creates the perfect atmosphere for those who want to relax and enjoy the sun and sea. This rustic place is a harmonious combination of sublime landscapes, the intimate contact with nature and the total sensation of freedom.
One of the symbols of Jericoacoara is Pedra Furada, which is a large stone arch carved by time. The local rainwater ponds are beautiful and relaxing, such as the Lagoa de Jijoca, the Tatajuba and the Coração. Praia da Vila, Praia do Preá and Praia Malhada are also great beaches for those who prefer salt water. The Duna do Pôr-do-Sol is a sand dune where everyone meets to watch the sun set in the sea, one of the most fascinating landscapes of Jericoacoara. The Serrote Lighthouse was built on top of a hill, and there is an exuberant view of the sea. Still, there is the Árvore da Preguiça (Laziness Tree), a great place to photograph this unusual vegetation. In relation to the sporting activities, Jeri attracts those who practice windsurfing and kitesurfing, for being a paradise of calm sea and constant wind. For those who want to venture out on the sandboard, the dunes are ideal.
The nightlife in Jericoacoara is hectic, with restaurants and bars playing reggae, mpb (popular brazilian music) and the famous "forró". The little amount of electric light creates a very special climate for those who want to enjoy the night in the light of stars. Jericoacoara can be visited the whole year, being recommended between July and December, when less rains occur.