From the bustle of its capital Rio de Janeiro to the natural wonders of the Amazon, Brazil is big and beautiful with plenty to offer every type of traveller. Packed full of vibrant cities, idyllic beaches and magnificent rainforests, there is a lot to see during a holiday to Brazil. Its cities are full-on whether it's carnival time or not, while Brazil's rainforests are brimming with wildlife all year round. The most developed areas lie in the south and east including Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Salvador, while the north is the place to go to uncover the Amazon.
There are plenty of exciting events on the horizon too. Brazil will unleash its passion for football when it hosts the World Cup in 2014, and you know that Rio will throw one mind-blowing party when the Olympics come to town in 2016.
There are direct flights to Brazil from London Heathrow with British Airways and Brazilian airline TAM. However you may be able to get a cheaper flight by flying indirect, often via Madrid first. At the moment there are no direct flights to Brazil from any other UK airports. If you're heading to Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo the average flight time is about 12 hours. If you're travelling to other destinations within Brazil such as Salvador, most will require a change over at either Rio or São Paulo.
Cheap flights to Brazil are more likely to found after Carnival (end of February) until May and from August to November and although the weather can be a little unpredictable during these times, it can still be pleasant.
As long you avoid carnival time which usually takes place in February and sees accommodation prices dramatically soar and availability decrease, it's pretty easy to find cheap hotels in Brazil. The best deals can usually be had by booking in advance and it's always worth asking for a discount if you're staying longer than a few days.
Authentic Brazilian food may not be everybody's cup of tea but it can be picked up for next to nothing in local eateries or comida a kilo restaurants - buffets where you pay just for the weight of the food on your plate. Try Feijoada (a hearty stew of pork, beef and black beans) or an empanada (a small pie). Also look out for street cafes where you'll be able to pick up a salgado (a local pastry) and a fruit juice for just a few reais.
When it comes to alcohol stick to local brands as imported liquor can be expensive. And what better excuse to sample the national cocktail than during your Brazil holiday - a caipirinha is the perfect tipple whether on the beach on in a city bar.
Updated 11th December 2013
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