The Beauty of Brazil
Uncover the beauty of Brazil on a trip that will inspire and mesmerise you in equal turns through its mighty jungles, thundering waterfalls, tropical islands, verdant coastline and vibrant cities.
- Get to know the beauty of Brazil from its cities, seaside, islands and jungles
- Stay in an eclectic selection of luxury hotels from townhouses, palaces to rainforest lodges
- Explore Rio, enjoying its beaches, arty neighbourhoods and scenic viewpoints
- Visit the UNESCO colonial town of Paraty and the stunning islands of the Green Coast
- Explore the immeasurable beauty and nature within the Amazon Rainforest
- Take an unforgettable helicopter flight over the cascading waters of the Iguazu Falls
Consider anchoring your trip around Carnival in February – a flamboyant expression that really shows the cultural heart of Rio.
When to go:
For this trip, we’d advise travelling between November and March, when temperatures will hover between 27°C and 33°C - ideal for the beach and not too hot for exploring either.
Suiting intrepid couples and families, this would make a fabulous escape from UK during wintertime. As with all our itineraries, we can tweak it to suit your needs
Start your adventure in Brazil with a bang – heading directly to the Amazon rainforest – the world’s largest tropical rainforest, known for its incredible biodiversity, extraordinary wildlife, swirling rivers and off-grid experiences. You will fly to Sao Paulo, connecting onto Manaus with a private seaplane landing you directly in the heart of the Amazon.
Spending few days here at a jungle lodge, you’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in the rainforest in a variety of ways. On one morning, you might rise at dawn to watch the sun flood light onto the waterways of the Amazon, take a dugout wooden canoe to catch the fearsome piranha or tour the rivers and canals looking for wildlife such as the pink dolphin. On land walk the forest by day and night, each experience bringing different aspects of this ancient forest to life such as foraging medicinal herbs, spotting sloths in the trees, jewel-like flashes of rare birds and caiman’s eyes glinting in the dark.
STAY: Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge
Located in the midst of the Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest, Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge is a small hotel found on the banks of the Rio Negro surrounded by miles upon miles of untouched nature. The 16 cottages all face the forest and balconies with hammocks are an amazing spot to listen to the sounds of the jungle. There’s also a pool to cool off in after day’s exploring the forest, canals and river on Anavilhanas specially crafted itineraries that allow you to experience the Amazon in all its tremendous glory.
Fly from one natural wonder to another as you travel back to Manaus before taking an internal flight south to the mighty Iguazu Falls to witness this astonishing feat of nature with your own eyes.
Straddling the border between Brazil and Argentina, few can fail to be impressed by the cascading sheet of water that defines Iguazu, bordered by deep jungle. There are numerous ways in which to take in the scenery. Wander the wooden walkways to a series of viewpoints; take a speedboat ride to the base of the falls, surging through cauldrons of frothing white water to the Devil’s Throat, or rise above it all on a helicopter flight which offers unrivalled views of the falls from the air. After three magical days here, travel back to Sao Paulo for the next part of your journey.
STAY: BELMOND DAS CATARATAS
Located within the Iguassu National Park, Belmond das Cataratas is just a short stroll from the sensational waterfalls giving you exclusive access from dawn to dusk. The hotel itself is the ideal place to relax, the Portuguese-colonial architecture creates breezy verandas to enjoy excellent service under giant sun-tropical palms.
From Iguazu Falls, fly back to Sao Paulo and continue by road on a two-hour drive to the UNESCO town of Paraty, a small colonial settlement characterised by cobbled streets, colourful houses, baroque churches and a historic centre, backed by dense jungle and opening out onto a series of stunning beach coves.
Located on Brazil’s Green Coast, Paraty is perfect to explore on foot, discovering the multitude of galleries and artisan shops that make this creative town so unique. But one of the best ways to experience Paraty is by boat – as it has over 65 islands and hundreds of beautiful beaches with crystal clear water. We’ll arrange a private boat cruise by schooner to discover tiny, exquisite islands, encircled by sandy beaches, with tropical jungle at their heart, with plenty of time for sunbathing, swimming, and snorkelling.
STAY: CASA TURQUESA
This stylish colonial townhouse in the centre of Paraty, filled with heart and soul, will win you over with its friendly staff and glorious setting on the harbour pier. With just nine suites, the ambience is intimate, decorated with antiques and artwork brought over by the French owner.
Welcome to one of South America’s most archetypal, dynamic and exciting cities: Rio! Facing the Atlantic Ocean, Rio de Janeiro is known for gorgeous beaches – Ipanema and Copacabana – and its iconic beacon – the 38-metre statue of Christ the Redeemer that presides over the vibrant landscapes.
With two days in Rio, you’ll have time to dip into the best of this intoxicating city – get your bearings by ascending the cog train through Rio’s forest to reach Corcovado mountain and admire Christ the Redeemer’s outstretched arms and dizzying views of the city. Another incredible viewpoint is from Sugarloaf Mountain, a smooth granite pinnacle accessed by cable car. You’ll also want to get among Rio’s fun-loving residents – either on the beach, promenade and samba clubs. Take a guided tour of arty Santa Theresa district lined with belle époque mansions and art galleries. Allow us to arrange the cherry on the cake – a scenic helicopter ride over Rio and its surrounds.
STAY: BELMOND COPACABANA PALACE
Known as a legendary Rio landmark, Belmond Copacabana is wreathed in heritage and has the looks to boot. With the charm of a Slim Aarons photograph, Belmond Copacabana is Art Deco meets old-world glamour with a beautiful terrace and pool that looks out onto the beach (and is also the place-to-be for Rio’s famed New Year’s firework displays.)
From Rio, head northeast by road for a couple of hours and come to the lovely beach village of Armação dos Búzios. Made famous by Brigitte Bardot in the 60s, Búzios is a charming place to spend a few days, wandering cobbled streets visiting shops and seafood restaurants. There are also a series of gorgeous sandy bays for sunbathing, snorkelling and boat trips.
Ever since Bardot hit the beach here in the 60s with her Brazilian boyfriend, the chic town has had a certain cachet with a litany of other famous faces following her footsteps. Today it feels sophisticated, with a boho ambience making it the perfect spot for beachy bliss, balmy evenings out and the ideal spot for you to relax and think back on your Brazilian adventure from jungles and beaches, waterfalls and cities.
STAY: CASAS BRANCAS
Decorated in subtle Mediterranean style, Casas Brancas is a beautiful beachside bolthole, overlooking the Bay of Armação in the small village of Búzios. One of the first hotels to open when tourists discovered this natural enclave, Casa Brancas is perfectly located by the beach and also close by to shops and restaurants. The Suites have wonderful sea views with spacious, greenery encased terraces that make it incredibly easy to relax at the end of your tour of Brazil.
Although this is of course a small snapshot of South America, we think this trip gives you a great impression of Brazil – taking in its highlights while staying in some of the country’s most desirable hotels.
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