Brazil spans nearly half of the South American continent and the name alone evokes images of the vast Amazon jungle, a famous national soccer team, gorgeous palm-dotted beaches, costumed carnival dancers and swaying samba drummers.
Enjoy Brazil’s stunning natural attractions from the thriving Amazon regions of Manaus and the Pantanal to the spectacular Iguazu Falls. In Rio de Janeiro the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue gazes down upon the famous Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, the rainforest surrounds the city in a green swathe. In the purpose-built national capital, Brasilia, striking modernist architecture lends the city a retro-futuristic feel.
Every year, Salvador de Bahia and Rio de Janeiro draw hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the globe to participate in the world’s most vibrant celebration of music and dance – Carnaval. For an entire week the streets are abuzz with feather-and-sequin clad dancers gyrating to pounding samba rhythms. Travel to Brazil during carnival is an experience not to be missed!
Also popular are acarajé (deep-fried bean cakes), churrasco (grilled meat) and the national cocktail, caipirinha.
Major foreign currencies can be exchanged in banks and authorized bureaus. American Express, VISA, Diners and Master Card are widely accepted. Traveller’s cheques are no longer widely accepted and can be difficult to exchange outside major cities.