Brazil: breathtakingly magnificent

The fifth largest country in the world, enveloping nearly half of South America, the landscapes of Brazil are breathtakingly magnificent. Choose a holiday to Brazil and discover the deepest tropical rainforests on Earth, the gigantic snaking Amazon River, 4,500 miles of spectacular golden coastline and vibrant cities that buzz with Carnival life and colour.

Colourful Rio…
Rio de Janeiro is by far the most popular urban destination on a holiday to Brazil. Stand next to the iconic Christ the Redeemer, on the immense peak of Mount Corcovado, and you will witness one of the most sublime city vistas on the planet – perhaps only rivalled by the view from the Sydney Harbour Bridge or from Table Mountain in Cape Town. From colourful favela-clad hills via dazzling skyscrapers to the golden sands of Copacabana Beach and the stunning harbour, Rio is a sumptuous visual feast.

A cosmopolitan melting pot, Rio is alive with the spirit of Carnival and dances to samba rhythms in the sunshine. In terms of nightlife, shopping and dining, the city is world-class, while there are a wealth of attractions to see, although just enjoying the fun-loving Rio vibe is enough for many!

For beaches, few cities can match Rio, with over 23 idyllic golden expanses – including the legendary Ipanema and Copacabana – that make up 45 miles of glorious coastline. Be sure check out magnificent Maracanã stadium, surely the most recognisable football stadium in the world and the setting for the World Cup 2014 final.

The Amazon…
Even if you’re just planning to party on the beaches of Rio or enjoy the urban vibrancy of Sao Paulo, a visit to Manaus is essential on a holiday to Brazil. Surrounded by the greatest rainforest on Earth, Manaus is the gateway to Amazonia, both for jungle journeys or voyages down the mighty 4,000 mile long river.

Futuristic Brasilia…
The capital, Brasilia, is often overlooked on Brazil holidays, but for those with an interest in architecture it is an unmissable destination. Created by celebrated architect Oscar Niemeyer, Brasilia enjoys a futuristic city landscape with many striking edifices – including the cathedral and national congress – which have been designated Unesco World Heritage sites.

Vibrant Sao Paulo…
A colossal dazzling megalopolis, Sao Paulo is comfortably the largest city in the Americas, as well as the largest in both the Southern and Western Hemispheres. The city might not have the beaches of Rio but it does have the dynamic big-city lifestyle.

There is outstanding range of museums and art galleries with ever-changing cutting-edge exhibitions, live music everywhere, cutting-edge architecture, exquisite restaurants and possibly the liveliest nightlife in Brazil. From Sao Paulo it is possible to organise excursions to the famous Iguazu Falls, on the border with Argentina.