Hedonistic. Stunning. Infectious. Beautiful Brazil gives more than you bargain for.
Encompassing half the South American continent, Brazil is a conflation of ancient and modern. With legendary beaches, rich cultural settlements like Pernambuco and Bahia, sprawling Amazonian wilderness and staggering landmarks like Iguaçu Falls, variety is a given. Come for carnival and leave with a love of the entire country and its culture.
Meet with one of Rio’s most celebrated chefs at Forete de Copacabana before hitting the outdoor markets; in the kitchen of a characterful local restaurant, learn from the master; explore the idyllic Ange Dos Reis from Rio by helicopter, rendezvous with a private yacht to cruise the islands, meet your chef on a private island busy preparing the catch of the day; make a visit to Paraty, where history meets contemporary culture; take a private plane to the immense tropical wetlands of the Pantanal, teeming with wildlife from giant anteaters to jaguars and caiman; try drift-snorkelling in the river surrounded by thousands of colourful fish; discover the awe-inspiring Iguazú Falls waterfalls; create your own Carnival costume with the help of leading fashion and costume designers; swim in blissful beach coves and take a trip to the achingly cool jet-set beach destination, Trancoso; take part in your very own triathlon by cycling to Sugar Loaf Mountain, before kayaking around it, and finally hiking to take in the panoramic views; join Brazil’s future football stars in a spontaneous football match on the beach; head into the Amazon to spot pink river dolphins, catch pirañas, or to take in an opera at the Amazon Theatre.
Where to Stay
Ultra-slick private hotels or design hotels in Rio, barefoot hip hotels in Trancoso or a private yacht on the Amazon.
When to Go
March to November is dry, though the Pantanal and Amazon are warm and humid all year round. The Rio Carnival is in February.