Brazil is the land of samba and the birthplace of carnival. It is also the largest country in South America and fifth largest in the world, where kissing strangers is customary and natural environments are found on an epic scale. Home to a third of the world’s rainforests, Brazil serves as an invaluable habitat for thousands of different species of plants and animals.
When you arrive in Rio de Janeiro, look up. Perched 710 metres above the city and sitting 38 metres tall himself is the iconic, opened-armed statue that is Cristo Redentor gazing out over the ‘Marvelous City’. He’s definitely a sight to tick off the list.
The astonishing beauty of the landscape surrounding Rio can only be matched by its wealth of things to do. It is abuzz with theatre, music, sport, shopping and over 1,000 eateries to choose from. There’s no shortage of museums and cultural centres too.
Tourists flock to the world-famous Copacabana Beach, bustling with soccer games and beach-goers, and lined with hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. But don’t leave Rio without getting the cleaner sands of lesser-known Ipanema Beach between your toes. And while you’re there, try and join a game of frescobol - a form of beach tennis played with wooden rackets and a rubber ball.
Be sure to sit back and enjoy a stunning sunset by the sand or soak in the eclectic nightlife of Lapa while you’re there.
Venture away from the cities and head to the exquisite Iguassa Falls. You won’t be disappointed. Formed as the Iguassa River thunders over the Paraná Plateau, the 275 individual drops create an incredible spectacle and, quite possibly, one of the most jaw-dropping sights in the world. They are the largest waterfalls system on the planet and for those looking for something special, helicopter rides over the falls are also available for a vantage point like no other.
As the Land of Samba title dictates, rhythm is king in Brazil and there’s no prejudice when it comes to variety. From the jazz tones of choro and the romantic style of bossa nova, to the carnival-styled frevo and the smooth dance style of samba, the music alone is reason enough to visit Brazil and you’re guaranteed to find your feet tapping along at some point during your stay.