With just a couple of weeks left of the World Cup, it’s impossible to avoid the hype about Brazil at the moment. We’ve seen multiple cookery programmes giving an insight into Brazilian cuisine, BBC2’s Welcome to Rio documentary showed us around the city’s favelas and even David Beckham took his friends to meet the Yanomami tribe in the Amazon. Brazil is the world’s fifth largest country and makes up almost half of the area in South America. Therefore it is no wonder that the country has something to offer everyone… from animal spotters to outdoor enthusiasts and beach lovers to football fans!
Rio de Janeiro is the starting point for most visitors to the country. For first-timers a trip to see Christ the Redeemer, a cable car to Sugar Loaf Mountain and a sunset stroll on Copacabana Beach are high on most 'must-do' lists. Salvador de Bahia on Brazil’s north-eastern coast is a captivating mix of Latino and African cultures, reminiscent of the days when it was a thriving slave-trade city. Thousands of kilometres of pristine and usually deserted beaches line the coast, along with some beautiful colonial sea front towns - take some time to explore Buzios, Paraty and Praia do Forte. Brazil is blessed with some wonderful landscapes too, from the caves, waterfalls and lagoons in the Chapada Diamantina National Park to the thundering Iguazu Falls. Wildlife spotters can enjoy the seasonal wetlands of the Pantanal where capybaras, caimans, giant anteaters and tapirs can be found, or head into the Amazon to spot pink river dolphins, toucans and monkeys.
Now is the time to book as the football fans head off home and things start getting back to normal. And, book early to guarantee availability for the 2015 Carnival; taking place from February 13th to 18th in Rio, it's the biggest party of the year!
By Hannah Cuss
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