Taking a holiday in Brazil or a Brazil honeymoon is one of the unique South American holiday experiences. Considered by Brazilians to be a continent in its own right, is a land well versed in extremes. It is the fifth largest country in the world, covering more than half of South America and has a geographic diversity like nowhere else. What makes Brazil so special though are its people; welcoming, genuinely friendly and charismatic, they make their country one of the best in South America.
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Rio de Janeiro with its famous beaches remains one of the most seductive cities in the world. No visit to this bustling city is complete without seeing both the Sugarloaf and Corcovado mountains, which offer a different perspective of this majestic city.
Lying 250km to the south of Rio is Paraty, a small colonial town, designed to flood during high tide, it gives the appearance of a town submerged. A great escape from the city, this quaint town has 65 islands and numerous beaches ideal for unwinding.
The majestic Iguacu Falls are a collection of 287 waterfalls that form the borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay and are unrivalled for sheer beauty.
The Amazon River is the longest, widest river, with the greatest volume of water, in the world. The mighty Amazon basin is a maze of waterways and lagoons, which can be visited by boat or alternatively from a lodge. In the centre lies Manaus, the capital of the region and at one time was the most prosperous on the continent.
1. The Fasano
Rio de Janeiro
2. Ponta dos Ganchos
4. Chili beach
5. Kenoa Resort
Barra de Sao Miguel
Brazil’s north east coast contains pristine beaches and with year round good weather this is the destination for water sports and relaxation. The national park island of Fernando de Noronha situated off the coats of Recife is an untouched paradise. The island contains 26 beaches, one of which was voted the best in Brazil, along with numerous walking trails and superb snorkelling and diving opportunities.
The city of Salvador however is the heartbeat of the region, with an African influence, colonial architecture and coupled with Brazilian flair makes it a unique cultural experience.
There are other cities in the world that have grown up backed by mountains and fronted by the sea, but none where the play of light, the shifting of shadows, the mix of colours and hues are so vibrant and mobile.
The Iguazu Falls are a collection of 280 waterfalls plunging into a 3 km long gorge situated on the borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Without doubt they are the best falls in the world. They are so good because unlike other major waterfalls, there are a variety of activities surrounding them.
The Pantanal is best described as a small window of Africa in the heart of South America, without the big game! It is considered to be the world’s biggest wetland area, located in the heart of Brazil, it is a wildlife heaven
Capital of the state of Bahia, Salvador means saviour, which reflects the religion and mysticism that is a large part of Bahian life. The city is an assault on the senses: gold-encrusted altars, colonial facades, African influenced food, sounds of street vendors shouting, the chant of a soccer crowd and the distinctive sounds and rhythm of Bahian music.
Fernando de Noronha is Brazil’s best hideaway. It offers a range of attractions that include snorkelling, diving, walking as well as wildlife. Its beaches have been voted the best in Brazil. An archipelago ideal for self-indulgence and relaxation, yet it also offers numerous activities for the more active.
The Amazon River is the longest, widest river, with the greatest volume of water, in the world. Brazil’s mighty Amazon basin is formed from the water collected from 8 different countries, from as far south as Bolivia to as far north as Venezuela. From its source in the Peruvian Andes, it has a journey of some 6,762 km to the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean, where fresh water can still be tasted 100 km out to sea!
Pipa is a true beach paradise. The north east coast of Brazil has long been the place to go and relax. The surrounding area has a range of fine beaches as well as sand dunes in the interior, ideal for exploring by dune buggy!
The Marau Peninsula is a natural paradise situated between Itacare and Morro do Sao Paulo. This is a remote place with endless windswept beaches, rock pools ideal for swimming in and a place to get away from it all.
Ouro Preto was the first Brazilian town to be declared a world heritage site by UNESCO and the town is a step back into history and past human accomplishments. The town has thirteen large churches and numerous public monuments and buildings.
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Rio de Janeiro
Whatever happens with other hotels in Rio, the Copacabana Place will always remain one of the most interesting and best places to stay. The building is an icon on the beachfront of Rio and the service has taken on mythical proportions.
The Hotel Cataratas has recently been taken over by the Orient Express chain and is the finest hotel to stay in while visiting the Iguassu national park. The advantage of this hotel is that as it is opposite the falls