Brazil

Where to go 

The largest country in South America, just some of Brazil’s highlights include:

  • Rio de Janeiro - one of the world’s most beautiful cities with mountains, forests, beaches, lagoons and the South Atlantic blending to form one dramatic back-drop as this incredible landscape rises from the sea.    
  • Iguazu Falls (bordering Argentina and Paraguay)
  • Manaus and the Amazon Jungle in the north of Brazil
  • Salvador da Bahia and the beaches of northern Brazil


What to do

  • Enjoy the glamour of Rio with its great hotels, samba, sun and rhythm.  
  • Relax on Brazil’s golden sand beaches.  
  • Experience northern Brazil’s cultural heritage with its cobbled streets, beautiful colonial churches and architecture.
  • See wildlife: stay in an Amazon jungle lodge or take an Amazon cruise; admire the sub-tropical flora and fauna at Iguazu Falls including birds and butterflies; visit the savannahs of the Pantanal with the best opportunity to spot jaguars in the wild!



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When to go

The seasons are opposite to those in the Northern hemisphere.   Rio de Janeiro has a warm climate, making it the perfect destination throughout the year.  Brazilian summer runs from mid-October to mid-May and, overall, Brazil is quite hot with average temperatures of between 28ºC to 35ºC (85ºF to 100ºF).  Maximum temperatures exceed 40ºC (125ºF) in certain regions.  Occasional heavy but short tropical rainstorms may be expected throughout the summer, while temperatures remain quite stable.   In winter (May-October), temperatures are mild (around 20-25°C) although there can be cooler days of mist and fine rain.  During this period, we recommend that you bring a warm jacket or light pullover (which is also useful in the hotel and restaurants with their air conditioning).  This is a nice time to visit Rio to avoid the crowds!  It is hot and humid in the Amazon region with temperatures between 23°C and 32°C.  For beach holidays during Europe’s winter months, head to the north east of the country – we recommend the beach resorts near Salvador or Recife.  Even during the rainy season here (April-July), rain comes in short showers and it is never long before the sun emerges again.

Carnival and the New Year period are Brazil’s best times for celebration and parties.  Carnival takes place just before Ash Wednesday and is celebrated throughout the country although Rio has the most famous Carnival parade.  There are fabulous fireworks above Rio’s famous beaches on New Year’s Eve.  Hotels and flights tend to be booked early for these high season periods so we recommend booking well in advance.  


Currency and money

Brazilian Real.  ATMs are easily available. 


Cuisine

Great range of restaurants offering all kinds of Brazilian and international food.  Try the famous “revolving” barbecues where you can eat as much as you like before sampling the delights of a typical Brazilian samba show or going to one of the smaller jazz and folk nightclubs.


Hotels

Good choice of international hotels, boutique properties, beach resorts and lodges.


Where to go next

Combine Brazil with a visit to Argentina.  Iguazu Falls are situated on the Argentine/Brazil/Paraguay border so you can fly into the Brazilian airport and then take a domestic flight from the Argentine airport to continue your holiday in Argentina.


Links

Saspo’s partner office in Brazil is Elcotour.  For further information please see their website at www.elcotour.com.br.  For further information and great images, go to www.brazil4you.co

Contact:    TEL: +44 20 8123 1827   Mobile: +44 7989 982 210   Email: Info@saspoUK.com