In a continent bursting with fascinating cultures and stunning views, Brazil’s allure is in its superlatives. It’s the largest country in South America, boasting many of the world’s best beaches, one of the grandest waterfalls and the biggest rainforest in the world (the Amazon), in addition to charming colonial towns and cosmopolitan cities.

“After returning from my fourth trip to Brazil, I’m more excited about it than ever. Brazil is incredibly diverse and truly has something for everyone.”
— Jennifer Gillmore, Consultant


See and do:

  • Take in expansive views of the vibrant Rio de Janeiro atop Corcovado or Sugarloaf mountains
  • Bask in the sunshine on the pristine beaches of Fernando de Noronha or Paraty
  • Discover rich wildlife in the Amazon rainforest or the Pantanal
  • Explore the vast system of cataracts at Iguacu Falls

Pairs well with:

  • Argentina for a robust trip through South America’s two biggest countries

Lively and colorful, Rio de Janeiro is home to a host of famous attractions, ranging from the much-photographed Christ the Redeemer statue perched atop Corcovado Mountain to well-known beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema and artsy neighborhoods like Santa Teresa.

With so much to do in Rio, it’s easy to fill your itinerary just in the city, but there’s so much more to experience in Brazil. Spoil your taste buds by eating your way through the world-renowned culinary scene of Sao Paulo, the largest city in South America, and spend your time between meals wandering the city’s impressive luxury boutiques, urban parks and notable art museums. Visit some of Brazil’s coastal colonial towns like Salvador and Paraty to understand more about the country’s complex Portuguese and African history. Or relax on one of the country’s countless award-winning beaches, like Fernando de Noronha or Paraty.

Brazil occupies just under half of the South American continent, so it’s no surprise that natural wonders abound within its broad borders, from the Amazon rainforest in the north to the astounding Iguacu Falls in the south. The Pantanal, a massive depression in the southwest that fills with water during the rainy season, makes for incredible wildlife viewing more concentrated than the Amazon.

For a unique nature destination off the beaten path, consider Chapada Diamantina’s spectacular cliffs, mountains, valleys, monoliths and caves. Kayak through the region’s lakes and rivers and take advantage of great hiking opportunities to experience the area’s impressive geology up close.

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Get to know Brazil in this fascinating trip of discovery. Explore the sophisticated and iconic city of Rio de Janeiro, and dive into Brazil's rich history in Paraty. Behold the wonders of Brazilian nature as you survey the mighty Iguaçu Falls and the floodplains of the Patanal.

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