Brazil is a hypnotic nation of heady African rhythms, sensual samba, exotic wildlife, golden beaches and passionate people. From Rio’s carnival spirit to exuberant Amazon rainforest, this is a country of primary colours.
Arriving in Rio, a city that pulses to samba beats, begin your holiday at the wonderfully grand Copacabana Palace on Brazil’s most famous beach. Visit Christ the Redeemer, take a cable car up Sugar Loaf Mountain or explore the art district of Santa Teresa.
To the Iguassu Falls, and the incredible spectacle of one of nature's must-see sights. Nearly three hundred separate falls power down through the rainforest, and will make you gasp. There is plenty for families to do here besides the falls, and you might want to visit the bird and butterfly parks, take a jet boat to the base of the falls, or soar above them in a helicopter, perfect for those birds eye views. Stay at the beautiful Hotel das Cataratas located right by the falls themselves.
The glorious beaches of Bahia make for a perfect way to end your holiday, and we have suggested the Ecoresort Praia do Forte, an excellent hotel set right on the beach and with a wide range of activities for all the family, from the superb spa to tennis courts and nine pools, delicious cuisine, and excursions to visit to the turtle-nesting beach, seasonal whale watching and exploring the nearby mangrove lagoons.
When to travel
Rio is a year round destination, although rain can fall at any time of year, while Salvador and Praia do Forte experiences a rainy season from April to June. If travelling over Christmas/New Year or over Carnival, please be sure to book well in advance to secure availability.
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Location and directions
Rio, Iguassu, Praia do Forte
The Copacabana Palace is superbly located on Avenida Atlântica. It faces the world famous Copacabana Beach and yet is only minutes from the business centre, and the Ipanema and Leblon districts of Rio de Janeiro. Then onto Pestana Convento do Carmo, located on Rua do Carmo at the heart of Salvador City, near the Pelourinho. The final destination is only an hour to the north of Salvador in Bahia, the Praia do Forte EcoResort & Thalasso Spa is located in an environmental protection area with a 12-km nearly deserted beach and surrounded by a lush coconut palm plantation.
How to get there
11-hour 30-minute international flight to Rio de Janeiro. Copacabana Palace is located 20 miles (about 40 minutes drive according to the traffic conditions) from the international airport, Tom Jobim.