There aren’t many countries in the world that are as beautiful as Brazil. And, thanks to the growing infrastructure in the country, due to the World Cup being held there in June 2014, and the Olympics being held in 2016, the country is a lot safer, and a lot more tourist-friendly than it was in the past. Although many tourists only visit the well known beach destinations, there is a lot more to Brazil than meets the eye. Keep reading to find out more about this amazing country.
When to Visit
Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, and as you might expect, there is no best time to visit. Broadly speaking, the south of the country is often rainy, especially inland, whilst the north is always warm. Rainfall is at its greatest between December and May, though this shouldn’t put you off visiting during these months, as you will get the chance to see creatures like river dolphins and caymans. The temperatures are warmest between September and December, with 28oc being the average daily temperature on the northernmost beaches.
It takes around 11 and a half hours to fly from London to Sao Paulo. Direct flights are available from TAM Airlines, however a number of carriers offer direct flights. Prices do vary, so it is worth shopping around. Do be aware that the busiest times for flights are during Carnival, so if you plan on visiting during this week, it is wise to book your flights well in advance. British tourists will receive a three month visa on arrival.
With 8,000km of coastline, Brazil has more beaches than you can shake your bikini at. Most of these are surrounded by palm trees and turquoise waters; it’s no surprise that they are said to be amongst the best in the world! Visit Taipu de Fora if you want to snorkel around some beautiful reefs, or visit Lagoina do Leste if you want to feel totally secluded and shut off from the rest of the world. Praia da Pipa is popular with surfers, whilst Baia dos Porcos has one of the most impressive landscapes in the world. There are hundreds of beaches to choose from, so you are definitely spoilt for choice.
From the world famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, to the Iguazu Falls, Brazil is home to numerous fascinating sites and attractions. Tours are available in most of the big cities, and you can even hire a tour guide to take you down the Amazon River if you fancy a real adventure! Sports enthusiasts will love the opportunity to climb one of Brazil’s mountains, or even scuba dive around the country’s beautiful reef systems, whilst those who love to shop should definitely head to Sao Paulo, the richest city in the country, where numerous malls and attractions can be found. Whatever you choose to do whilst you are in Brazil, you are guaranteed to have an amazing time.