Quick Guide to Brazil

Brazil is a country that really knows how to be good at things. Football. Bottoms. Models. Beaches. Music; it would appear that anything this dazzling South American jewel tries its hand at, it ends up making the rest of us look, well, a bit silly really.

Brazil is properly captivating in the most genuine sense of the word. With its powder-soft, white-sand beaches, verdant rainforests and pulsing, exotic cities full of rhythm and music, it's a place that'll take you from regal, crumbling colonialism to vast plains of crimson canyon and down the incredible Amazon River before you've even had time to enjoy your last slurp of caipirinha. Add in a few idyllic tropical islands (never a deal breaker, let's face it), that carnival and a plate of Brazilian delicacies at sunset, and you've got a seriously game-changing holiday destination on your hands.

Where to go in Brazil

Don't think they don't know they're onto a good thing, though. The Brazilians say 'Deus e Brasileiro', which basically translates as 'God is Brazilian' - quite frankly, we're tempted to agree (he probably looks like Gisele, too). Explore the Amazon's lush sweep of green pierced by silver-hued river, or see the dawn with the gorgeous party people of Sao Paolo. Shake your showgirl feathers at Rio Carnival or bliss out on the caramel, palm-fringed beaches and crystal coastal reefs that pepper its dramatic coastline.

Flights To Brazil

A flight to Brazil can take up to 15 hours and you may have to transfer at another airport before you can disembark at your destination. Rio de Janeiro flights land at Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport, which is also referred to as Galeao International Airport and it's only a few minutes away from the heart of the city.

Getting Around Brazil

Renting a car is a great way to get around Brazil. There are international agencies operating at the airport to get you on the road and exploring every inch of that stunning landscape - and prices are generally reasonable. We'd also recommend a boat trip up the Amazon - for obvious reasons.

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Other Destinations in Brazil

When to Go to Brazil

Every year, in either February or March, the world famous Carnival kicks off in Rio, with hundreds of thousands of revellers lining the streets for over a week of parades and parties. It's a great time to visit, but prices for things like hotels in Rio de Janeiro rocket, and availability plummets, so be sure to book well in advance. This period is also a great time to explore other cities such as El Salvador and Sao Paulo as the weather's at its best. The rainy season kicks off come May until around September, but you don't have to worry too much about the rain ruining your holiday in Brazil as downpours never last long and there's still plenty of sunshine. .