The first thing that springs to mind when you think of Brazil may be football, but this spectacular South American country has its own enchantment that makes it irresistible. With some of the world’s best beaches, cosmopolitan cities and breath-taking wonders - of the manmade and natural variety - there is no doubt that a flight to Brazil should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Brazil, or the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in Southern and Central America, covering almost half of South America, and is the only country in South America with Portuguese roots. The world’s fifth largest country was home to the Football World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016; testimony to the air of anticipation and sanguinity that is palpable throughout the country. Historically, visitors to Brazil have been encouraged to follow the tourist trail, visiting a set number of beaches and sights. Now, however, visitors are encouraged to explore, and to discover for themselves this incredible country in all its vibrant glory.
Maybe it is its economic upturn, or its cultural background; maybe it is because the country is home to the Amazon rainforest, but there is just something about Brazil. Its vibrancy, its optimism and abundance of tropical beauty grants the country and its inhabitants a certain magic that makes you feel as though anything is possible, whilst simultaneously becoming aware of the tiny role that each individual plays in our massive, beautiful world. Brazil is the home of spectacular fiestas and vibrant colours, and it is true that every moment of your trip to Brazil will be a celebration; a celebration of life, of beauty, and of the incredible wonders of the world.
Several airports accommodate direct flights to Brazil; pick your destination airport depending on your timescale and your itinerary, and plan domestic internal flights or alternative travel to make sure you see as much as possible on your cheap flight to Brazil.
South Brazil has a fairly typical subtropical climate, with dry season from March to November, and rain from December to February. During winter (June – September), the weather in Rio is still warm; around 27 °C in the day, dropping a little at night time, but as you go further south, temperatures will continue to drop. If you are planning on starting your trip in Southern Brazil, you are likely to find cheap flights to Brazil at the end of the rainy season, or in September, when it not yet spring and outside of the school holidays.
Home to the Amazon Rain Forest and the Pantanal, a trip to North and Central Brazil is a must. Unsurprisingly, the north, home to the jungle, is hot and humid all year around, but the best time to visit the Amazon is July and August. The more central Pantanal region experiences consistent temperatures throughout the year, with rainfall from December to March and temperatures occasionally “plummeting” to 20°C in winter. For the best chance of seeing animals, visit the Pantanal region in the dry season, from April to October.
The Brazilian coast enjoys two tropical seasons: warm (26 -32°C) or warm with the odd shower. A delicate coastal breeze makes Brazil’s stunning beaches more alluring than ever, providing a pleasant respite from the constant heat.
Brazil is vast; it is, therefore, impossible to see everything that the country has to offer! If you have just two weeks, or maybe three, here is what we recommend you see.
Its incredible, cosmopolitan vibe aside, Rio de Janeiro is quite simply breath-taking. Take a direct flight to Rio and spend a few days if you can; catch the cogwheel train through rainforest to the summit of Corcovado Peak, home to the 40-metre-tall statue of Christ the Redeemer (one of the seven Wonders of the World), where the sheer scale of the monument and the awe-inspiring views from the summit will leave you mesmerised. The nightlife, the vibrant locals, Copacabana Beach and Sugar Loaf Mountain are guaranteed to leave you over-awed and ready to see more, much more, of beautiful Brazil.
A two-hour flight from Rio de Janeiro, you will find Iguaçu Falls, one of the most incredible natural sights of the world. Co-owned by Brazil and Argentina, the falls consist of 275 waterfalls along a 2.7 km stretch of the Iguaçu river, tumbling into the river from precipices as high as 3 kilometres above. If you’re feeling brave, you can take a boat trip under the waterfalls; an experience that makes you feel as though you are at the very centre of the earth.
The Amazon is usually on the agenda for people planning a trip to Brazil and it is unmissable. There are a number of organised excursions on offer, from a boat trip, to kayaking, hiking and fishing. Make the most of every experience, but be aware that the conditions in the jungle can be stressful on the body; drink plenty of water and take advice from your guides. The capital of the Amazonas is Manaus, and aside from being the most popular gateway to the rainforest, you will also be able to see the stunning Tupe Beach and Paricatuba Waterfalls, as well as fantastic shopping, markets and foods.
Brazil is vast; its choices, food, culture, as well as its natural and manmade monuments, are innumerable. Your trip to Brazil has so much to offer, and your priorities of what to see and do will determine the course of your once in a lifetime trip to Brazil.
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