Blessed with blissfully empty beaches, lush jungles and flamboyant cities, Brazil is a country fit to be a continent. Discover its four diverse corners on this two-week trip. You’ll begin with Copacabana Beach and caipirinhas in Rio, before a visit to the majestic Iguazu Falls. After a stint at an Amazonian lodge to discover the rich rainforest biodiversity, a relaxing stay amid the coconut palms and white sands of the Marau Peninsula awaits.
Culture & Carnival
Whether you’re a culture buff, foodie, beach bum or music lover, you’ll find rich pickings in Rio de Janeiro, where your adventure begins. Stay right beside the beach for three nights at the grand dame of Rio hotels, the Belmond Copacabana Palace. Set out with your guide to visit Corcovado Mountain and the statue of Christ, the cable car to Sugarloaf Mountain and the elegant barrios of Ipanema. Be sure to explore the cobbled streets of bohemian Santa Teresa, which combines elegant European architecture with an exotic party atmosphere.
A short onward flight onward brings you to the mighty spectacle of Iguazu Falls for a two-night stay. Set within emerald jungle, these 275 individual falls straddle both sides of the Brazilian and Argentine border. You’ll explore the most impressive cascades both by foot and motorboat. Get up close to the deluge of waterfalls while swallows fly overhead, but be sure to dress for getting wet. Nearby jungle trails will take you to the habitat of monkeys and stunning birdlife.
The Brazilian Amazon
Next, journey deep into the heart of the Amazon Basin for a three-night stay at Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge. Here, very comfortable cabanas and cottages lookout on to the surrounding forests, while the pool provides a relaxing spot overlooking the mammoth Amazon River. During your stay, you’ll paddle through its smaller tributaries in a traditional wooden canoe and trek private reserves as your local guide introduces you to the stunningly diverse flora and fauna. Take to the river on the lookout for the elusive pink Amazon River Dolphin, then take a dip in these legendary waters before the chance to fish for piranha.
Fly back to the coast at Salvador, where an onward private charter to the Marau Peninsula will whisk you to Butterfly House Bahia. You’ll spend the final six nights of your trip exploring the untouched white sandy beaches and multi-coloured coral reefs of this protected conservation area. Freshwater lagoons and tropical forest filled with exotic wildlife such as marmosets, anteaters and armadillos are all yours to discover. Lazy days beside the hotel’s beautiful pool before heading to the hotel’s beach bar or yoga deck will ensure you’ll return home relaxed and recharged.