Sun, samba, and sand: the exuberant pleasures of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s former capital, are well-known the world over. For those who venture deeper, however, this largest of South America’s countries offers an embarrassment of riches. From the scintillating Iguazú Falls to the abundant wildlife in the Amazon and El Pantanal, from Portuguese colonial ruins at Salvador to the ultra-modern shopping and nightlife at São Paolo and Brasilia, Brazil will captivate you with the warmth of its people and the vibrancy of its vision of life. Bem-vindo!
Manaus and 4 Day Iberostar Grand Amazon Cruise
6 Days/5 Nights from $1,099
Travel to the Brazilian Amazon for this fascinating four day Rio Solimões cruise aboard the Iberostar Grand Amazon. Explore the Igarapés (narrow waterways) and Igapós…
Manaus and 3 Day Amazon Clipper Premium Cruise
5 Days/4 Nights from $1,269
Voyage to Brazil’s Amazon port city of Manaus for a three day Amazon River cruise aboard the Amazon Clipper Premium. This tour begins with a…
Manaus and 5 Day Iberostar Grand Amazon Cruise
7 Days/6 Nights from $1,319
Travel to the Brazilian Amazon for this fascinating five day Rio Negro cruise aboard the Iberostar Grand Amazon. Explore the Igarapés (narrow waterways) of Jaraqui…
Rio de Janeiro and Iguazu Falls
8 Days/6 Nights from $1,439
Rio de Janeiro and Iguazu Falls, our Featured Brazil Tour, is a great way to experience two of the most interesting destinations of the country…
Manaus and 4 Day Amazon Clipper Premium Cruise
6 Days/5 Nights from $1,579
Voyage to Brazil’s Amazon port city of Manaus for a four day Rio Negro cruise aboard the Amazon Clipper Premium. This tour begins with a…
Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls
7 Days/5 Nights from $1,619
Discover the cosmopolitan capital city of Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls on this captivating Argentina tour. Buenos Aires offers several unique neighborhoods, including San Telmo,…
Into the Wild Amazon
5 Days/4 Nights from $1,750
Venture to the Amazon rainforest on this four-day expedition cruise. Beginning in Manaus, you will head upstream along the Rio Negro to the Anavilhanas Archipelago…
Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls, and Salvador da Bahia
10 Days/8 Nights from $2,159
Experience three of Brazil’s top destinations on this fascinating tour. Starting in Rio de Janeiro, you will visit Christ the Redeemer Statue and Sugar Loaf…
Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, and Mendoza
10 Days/8 Nights from $2,159
Experience Mendoza and two of Argentina’s most impressive natural wonders on this fascinating tour. Beginning in Buenos Aires, explore its fascinating neighborhoods, appreciate its colonial…
5 Best Brazil Tours for 2023-24
|Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls, and Salvador da Bahia||$2,159||10 Days||Experience three of Brazil’s top destinations on this fascinating tour. Starting in Rio de Janeiro, you will visit Christ the Redeemer Statue and Sugar Loaf…|
|The Amazon, Rio de Janeiro, and Iguazu Falls||$2,769||10 Days||Starting at Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge in Brazil’s Amazon, view the wildlife of the rain forest, and learn about the customs and traditions of its…|
|Rio de Janeiro, Salvador da Bahia, and Praia do Forte||$2,549||11 Days||Explore the cultural highlights and scenic beaches of Brazil on this captivating tour. Beginning in Rio de Janeiro, you will visit Corcovado and Sugar Loaf…|
|5 Day Iberostar Grand Amazon Cruise, Rio de Janeiro, and Iguazu Falls||$2,779||12 Days||Travel in style aboard the luxurious Iberostar Grand Amazon on this journey along the Rio Negro in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. Spot caiman…|
|Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls, and Machu Picchu||$2,729||14 Days||Travel to Brazil and Peru to experience two of the new Seven Wonders of the World: Christ the Redeemer Statue (Corcovado) and Machu Picchu. Enjoy…|
Brazil Tour Information
When is the best time to travel to Brazil?
The best time to travel to Rio de Janeiro, Buzios, Sao Paulo, and Salvador, is October to April. Iguazu Falls has a tropical climate and can be visited year-round. For the Amazon, the best time to travel is during the low water season, which runs from June to November. And, for the Pantanal, the best to to travel is during the low water season as well, which runs from April to October. The best time for spotting Jaguars in the Pantanal is during the two driest months of September and October. See all Brazil FAQ.
The Best Places to Visit in Brazil
When people think of Brazil, images of sun, sea and samba are often the first things that come to mind. But the best places to visit in Brazil encompass a far wider range of sights and activities, beyond the golden beaches and the country’s world-famous lust for life. Brazil is the most bio-diverse nation on Earth, with ecosystems including the Amazon rainforest (of which 60% is in Brazil), the Mata Atlantica forest, a vast tropical savanna called the Cerrado…
1. Rio de Janeiro
Spread out below the ever-present gaze of Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro is the most iconic city in Brazil. Known for the white sand beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana and the beautiful people that walk along them, Rio is a hedonistic city that’s bursting with samba, soccer and sensuality. The stunning setting is also home to more than just beaches and tiny bikinis. You can go surfing, cycling and rock climbing in and around the city, and the Tijuca Forest…
2. Iguazu Falls
Widely considered the world’s largest waterfall system, Iguazu Falls is a truly impressive sight. The Iguazu River roars over the waterfall’s 1.7-mile span, filling the area with rainbow-flecked spray and the thunderous noise of falling water. Iguazu Falls can be visited from either Brazil or Argentina, as it sits on the border…
3. Manaus & the Amazon
Founded in 1669, Manaus is today the largest city in the Amazon. It’s a hot and often hectic place, and the port of call for ships that have come all the way from the ocean, some 750 miles to the east. For tourists it serves as the starting point for expeditions into the rainforest. You can arrange your trip in the city, stock up…
4. Salvador da Bahia
Salvador has an atmosphere all of its own, thanks in no small part to the city’s rich history. It was founded by the Portuguese in 1549, making it one of the oldest colonial cities in the Americas. It’s an architectural gem, with old colonial casas and gold-laden churches. But it was African slaves, rather than the colonial…
5. The Pantanal
The world’s largest tropical wetland covers a vast area, located mainly in Brazil with small parts in Bolivia and Paraguay. Known as the Pantanal, it is sparsely populated with no major settlements, but inhabited by a vast array of species, including around 1000 bird species, 300 mammal species, almost 500 reptile…
6. São Paulo
While Rio de Janeiro takes the plaudits for good times and bronzed bodies, residents of São Paulo are justifiably proud of their sprawling city. Home to some 20 million people, the São Paulo metropolis is a financial and cultural powerhouse. It isn’t the easiest city to fall in love with, but take some time…
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Rio de Janeiro
Ten Things To Do In Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro is one of the most vibrant cities in the world, famous for its beaches, endless parties and annual carnival that sees as many as two million people take to the streets. But you don’t have to be a fan of beaches or parties to fall in love with the city. There are plenty of things to do in Rio de Janeiro…
The 6 Best Beaches In Rio De Janeiro
If you conjure up a mental image of Rio de Janeiro, even if you’ve never been there before, it’s almost certain that a beach will appear in that image. Brazil’s most iconic city is home to two of the most famous beaches in the world: Ipanema and Copacabana, both of which have inspired internationally-acclaimed…
Iguazu: The Most Beautiful Waterfall On Earth
Anyone who has visited the great waterfalls of the world – Niagara, the Salto Angel and the Victoria Falls – will tell you that Iguazu, on the Brazil-Argentina border, is hands-down the most incredible. Look at any list of Top 10 Waterfalls and Iguazu will be number one. In 2011 Iguazu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders…
Manaus & the Amazon
Manaus, Brazil: Unlikely Heart Of The Amazon
Manaus, Brazil, the starting point for many Amazon River Cruises and jungle lodge tours, seems an unlikely city to exist in the remote reaches of Amazonas, Brazil’s largest but sparsely populated state. The bustling city of 1.5 million people lies along the banks of the Rio Negro, one of the Amazon’s two major tributaries…
Medicinal Plants Of The Amazon And Their Uses In Modern Medicine
The Amazon Rainforest is home to more than 80,000 plant species. Of these, more than 40,000 play a critical role in keeping us — all of us — alive by regulating the global climate. And apart from being known as “The Lungs of The Planet,” the Amazon also receives the title of “The World’s Largest Medicine Cabinet.”…
Myths And Legends Of The Amazon’s Pink River Dolphin
The Amazon river dolphin (Inia geoffrensis) goes by various names. In English, it’s often called the pink river dolphin due to its pinkish coloration, although some are shades of gray. In Spanish it’s known as the delfín rosado, or in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru as the bufeo colorado. In the Brazilian Amazon…
Salvador da Bahia
Fusing Colonial And African Pasts In Salvador Da Bahia, Brazil
When the dreadlocked guy in front of me launches into a fusillade of back flips, that’s when I wonder if I’m doing something wrong. Okay, maybe not wrong exactly, but given the volleys of joyful activity all around me—samba dancers shimmying, youth with side-slung drums rapping out infectious tropical beats—my…
Ten Interesting Facts About The Capybara, The World’s Largest Rodent
The capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) is a large rodent native to South America. These loveable creatures are particularly numerous in the Pantanal of Brazil and the seasonally flooded grasslands of the Llanos in Colombia and Venezuela, but can also be found in Peru, Argentina and Uruguay. They prefer to live in…
Pantanal Wildlife: 8 Mammals That You Are Likely To See
The Pantanal is the largest — and one of the most pristine — tropical wetlands in the world. Covering an area of more than 42 million acres (that’s larger than England), it is home to a vast array of wildlife, including more than 236 mammalian species. And unlike the densely vegetated Amazon Rainforest, the Pantanal is…
Pantanal Wildlife: 7 Reptiles That You Are Likely To See
Many visitors to the Pantanal come primarily to see the numerous mammals and birds that inhabit the world’s largest tropical wetland, but you might find yourself equally as fascinated by the reptiles. The Pantanal is home to at least 80 and perhaps as many as 180 species of reptile, although the exact number is still unknown…
What currency is used in Brazil?
The Brazilian Real is the currency of Brazil (BRL). The most frequently used coins are the centavo5, centavo10, centavo25, centavo50, R$1, and the most frequently used bank notes are the R$5, R$10, R$20, R$50, and R$100. (Source xe.com)
What is the exchange rate?
The current exchange rate is One Dollar = $5.10 Brazilian Reais. See xe.com for the most up to date information.
Can I use banks, currency exchanges, ATM machines, and credit cards in Brazil?
You can use banks and currency exchanges in the main cities to convert dollars to reais. ATM machines are widely used to get cash and offer reasonable exchange rates, but there may be withdrawal limits. Credit cards are also widely used, and we recommend that you use them.
What is the transportation like in Brazil?
Because Brazil is so large, most people will fly from one destination to another. The main airports that we use to enter and depart the country are in Rio de Janeiro (GIG), São Paulo (GRU), Iguazu (IGU), and Manaus (MAO). Taxis and buses are available in most locations, and boats are widely used for transportation in the Amazon and the Pantanal. Both Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo have excellent subway systems. Trains are not widely used in Brazil, but there are various tourist train routes featuring Marias Fumaca (Smoking Mary’s) and electric trains.
Can I drink the water in Brazil?
Tap water is generally safe to drink in Brazil. However, as a precaution for tourists, we recommend that you drink bottled water. Ask for agua sem gas for uncarbonated water and for agua com gas for carbonated water.
What are the most popular foods in Brazil?
While there is no typical Brazilian food, the staples include rice and beans (arroz e feijão), grilled meats (churrasco or grelhadas), and sauteed or steamed vegetables. French fries and fried manioc are also popular. Spicy food is not popular.
Beverages: Fruit juices, cafe com leite (coffee with milk), and cafezinhos (Brazilian coffee).
Alcoholic Beverages: Beer and Cachaca (high-proof sugarcane alcohol).
Desert: Bolo de Rolo (layered rolled cake) and Quindim (flan-like cake).
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