An amazing time awaits you in Brazil. Energetic cities, exotic flora, lush wetlands, and friendly locals are just a few of the great things you'll find in this remarkable country. There's a reason why travelers come from all corners of the globe to experience its wonders.
As the largest country in Latin America, and the only Portuguese-speaking one, Brazil stands out from every other country in the region.
When creating your custom Brazil holiday, you can mix and match various destinations for your own personal dream tour of Brazil, from the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana to the nightlife of São Paulo!
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Need a bit of a push in the right direction? You can start by exploring the Pantanal Wetlands and the Amazon Rainforest, where you'll discover gorgeous flora and exquisite wildlife. From there, take a journey to the historic town of Ouro Preto, a former colonial gold mining town in the hills north of Rio, or celebrate Carnival in Rio de Janeiro! Speaking of Rio de Janeiro, just a few hours north of the big city is Buzios, an absolutely beautiful, up-scale beach town, definitely worth your time.
When it comes to building your own custom Brazil travel package, we can modify any of our offered itineraries to ensure your trip is structured exactly how you'd like it. After all, isn't that what going custom is all about?
Rio de Janeiro & Minas Gerais
Often when travelers think of a tour of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro is the first destination that comes to mind. It’s hard not to immediately waft in Rio’s direction, considering the panoramic city views from Sugarloaf and Corcovado, the surrounding opulent Tijuca forest, and Copacabana and Ipanema’s white-sand beaches.
In addition to its beautiful landscapes and vistas mentioned above, Rio de Janeiro is in a great geographical spot to be easily combined into a multi-destination Brazil trip. In fact, modify any of our Rio de Janeiro tours to include other popular Brazil spots such as Minas Gerais, also known as the heart of the Brazilian countryside. It is here where you’ll find charming, cobblestone street lined cities such as Tiradentes and Ouro Preto, full of aspiring artists, colonial churches and baroque architecture.
If you’re already on a route through Minas Gerais we highly recommend you stop by Inhotim, a vast open-air modern art museum, boasting an incredible amount of contemporary art. All of this and more can be experienced when traveling to Brazil.
Salvador da Bahia & Ilha Grande
If you’re looking to dive into the cultural heart of Brazil, Salvador da Bahia is a great place to start. While there, you can explore the once capital of Brazil and it’s distinct historic charm. The streets are always buzzing with activity and you’ll have the chance to indulge in the amazing Afro-Brazilan cuisine. From capoeira street performers to hiking the highlands just outside the city, there’s never a shortage of things to do in Salvador de Bahia.
If the city isn’t the vibe you’re going for, head south towards Ilha Grande. You’ll go from bustling city life to serenely quiet beaches. In fact, you’ll be hard-pressed to even spot a car on the island. It’s a great escape for those looking to truly kick back and relax. While enjoying your stay in Ilha Grande, be sure to check out the blue lagoons and Lopes Mendes, one of the most famous beaches in Brazil. If you’re looking for a bit of civilization, you can always pop into Vila Abraão, the main city on the island. Here you’ll be greeted by cheerful locals, local vendors, and quaint outdoor restaurants.
While the Amazon Rainforest is a well-known entity, you don’t hear nearly as much about the Atlantic Rainforest. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this incredibly diverse ecosystem has more tree species than the Amazon, a whopping 450 to be precise. While exploring the Atlantic Rainforest, you may feel compelled to visit the nearby city of Curitiba, one of the best cities in Brazil.
Curitiba itself is encompassed by the Atlantic Rainforest and offers one of the most scenic train rides through the rainforest itself. Aside from taking the train out of Curitiba, you can embark on a hike through the rainforest and camp there as well. When immersed within the forest, you’ll spot exotic wildlife and vegetation you’ve never seen before. It’s utterly enchanting and a must-see aspect while traveling Brazil.
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Flights from the U.S. typically range between 500 and 900 USD, depending on the season, with European flights approximately 50% more. Apart from flights, Brazil is a backpacker’s paradise and also a destination for luxury. So, again, your overall cost really depends on what you can budget. It is recommended to stay a minimum of two to three weeks in Brazil as the country is enormous and you’ve already spent good money on the airfare alone.
Since Brazil is a tropical country, its climate stays warm and can be visited comfortably year round. There are plenty of times throughout the year that can be considered the best time to travel to Brazil. But, what if we turn this question around? When are the do-not-go times?
New Year's and the first two weeks of January, when all of South America is on vacation, is a time we would advise avoiding, unless crowds and prices are irrelevant. Carnival, though it can be entertaining at times, may be a time to avoid the big cities unless you love crowds and spending extra money, and have a high tolerance for loudness. Semana Santa, before Easter, is another very busy time when when the local population is also traveling. It’s possible that June to August will be a bit too chilly in the very South of Brazil, so for those who like it warm you may want to choose a different time window or stay in Rio and further north. The rainy season happens in the summer from December to February, which means you may have thunderstorms bringing a lot of rain but also blue skies on the same day.
Yes, all those you need at home and a few more to stay healthy in Brazil, especially a Yellow Fever Vaccination. Without the certificate of Yellow Fever vaccination, you will not be allowed to travel on to some other countries. If you are over the age of 60, your MD can issue an exemption. Then you bring that exemption instead of the certificate along with you. For visits to the Amazon, malaria prophylaxis is highly recommended as well.
Your travel consultants can steer you into the right direction, but ultimately only your MD using current information from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control can decide. In case anything happens to you, you will (as a foreigner) always be taken to the next private hospital. All private hospitals deliver comparable care to your hospitals at home. In case of tropical diseases, they are much better prepared!
We hear a lot about safety in Brazil. However, most crime is directly or indirectly connected to drugs. There are some slums (favelas) where drug gangs dominate daily life. The most violent crimes happen when these gangs fight amongst themselves. We strongly advise staying away from those areas. Rest assured that tourist areas are all heavily policed. Subway trains and stations are almost 100% safe as well because you are on camera all the time.
In the end, trust that your guide knows best. Plus, your Travel Consultant always will arrange hotels in the best areas!
The traditional food in Brazil was made for the hard working: Lots of carbohydrates and proteins. Meats and potatoes, mandioca, rice, and beans. Restaurants nowadays are far more creative! Also, you’ll see all those ingredients that were used in Brazil before the Europeans arrived. Breakfast is full of tropical fruits. However, that delicious fresh salad you crave might be suspiciously absent from menus. Lots of green vegetables like kale, yes, but rarely a fresh salad because that is not considered safe food. Everything else is cooked and safe. Vegan and vegetarian options are found more and more. São Paulo has a very sophisticated restaurant scene! Rio de Janeiro is more traditional.
Very safe, as safe as in the US or Europe. The size of the country has made flying the preferred mode of travel for Brazilians as soon as in the US. Brazilian airlines are codesharing with international airlines, Gol Airlines is partly owned by Delta. Latam is part of the OneWorld, and Avianca is part of the Star Alliance. Competition keeps standards high, prices low, and flights on time!
Yes! Brazilians are already very romantic and there are boundless options! We listen to your preferences but we do like to mention there are romantic beaches far away from all the crowds or suggest a beach or mountain bungalow just for you. Typically, newly-weds choose to take a tour through Brazil and end up at one of those destinations.