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Taking up nearly half of the South American continent, Brazil is as diverse as it is massive. The lush jungles and exotic wildlife of the Amazon will enthrall nature lovers, while sun-worshippers can relax on the sandy, palm-fringed beaches of the Atlantic Coast. Brazil’s quaint colonial towns offer a fascinating insight into the country’s Portuguese heritage, and its bustling cities give you plenty of opportunities to party like there’s no tomorrow.
Set between rainforest-covered cliffs and the shimmering blue ocean, Rio de Janeiro enjoys one of the world’s most beautiful city settings. From the hilltop statue of Christ the Redeemer to the unique rock formations of Sugar Loaf Mountain, Rio boasts a seemingly endless array of breathtaking views. The city is also famous for its gorgeous beaches, grand colonial buildings and legendary Carnival – the world’s biggest street party.
For classic, postcard-perfect scenery, it’s hard to top the Iguazu Falls. Forming a natural border between Brazil and Argentina, this system of 275 distinct waterfalls is the largest in the world in terms of water volume.
The original capital of Portuguese Brazil, Salvador is renowned for its fine architecture, beautiful beaches and sensational local cuisine. A stroll through the alleyways of the historic city centre gives visitors a chance to experience Salvador’s vibrant Afro-Brazilian culture.
The mighty Amazon Rainforest is home to more than a third of the world’s wildlife species and offers plenty of opportunities for trekking, canoeing, bird watching and piranha fishing! You can stay amongst the lush foliage at an Amazonian eco-lodge, or explore the network of jungle waterways on an unforgettable river cruise.
Fernando de Noronha is a volcanic archipelago located 350 km off the Brazilian Coast. Turquoise waters and pristine white beaches are the islands’ major drawcards, while an abundance of dolphins, turtles and tropical fish make this World Heritage site one of Brazil’s best spots for diving and snorkeling. Fernando de Noronha can be accessed by air from Recife.