Brazil at a glance
A country the size of a continent, Brazil is a vast and beautiful land of diverse cultures and fantastical landscapes. With mile upon mile of tropical beaches and the immensity of the Amazon, Brazil continues to capture the imaginations of anyone lucky enough to travel to her breathtaking shores. Thundering waterfalls, crystal clear rivers, the amazing diversity of the Pantanal and vibrant cities that pulse to the rhythms of Samba and Bossa Nova are only the beginning of what incredible Brazil has to offer.
What not to miss in
Rio de Janeiro
Rio is Brazil ́s second largest city and capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro. This incredibly vibrant city stretches between jungle-covered mountains and white sandy beaches along the sparkling Atlantic coast.
Foz de Iguazu
With over 275 separate falls stretching across 3km and thundering down into the river below from heights of up to 80m, Iguaçu is without a doubt one of the world’s most impressive waterfalls.
A major ecological destination, the Pantanal is the world’s largest wetland and stretches from Brazil into Paraguay and Bolivia. Protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, during the rainy season (Dec – May) eighty percent of the area is submerged under floodwater, which nurtures an astonishing diversity of plant and animal life.
Amazon & Manaus
Home to more known (as well as plenty as yet undiscovered) species than anywhere else on the planet the Amazon is full of creatures of every kind, from ants to alligators to pink dolphins and jaguars.
A visit to the southern regions of The Pantanal can be combined with a trip to another truly amazing place. Bonito offers caves filled with lakes and stalactites, waterfalls from paradise, and rivers of impossibly pure water with huge shoals of fish.
Paraty is a fabulously picturesque colonial town on one of Brazil’s most beautiful stretches of coastline, the Costa Verde. The town itself, with its colorful old buildings and fishing boats, is dwarfed by the forest-covered mountains behind, which slope down to meet the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Regularly voted amongst the top ten most beautiful places on the planet, Buzios is a sophisticated beach town with tranquil stretches of golden sand, fabulous restaurants and bars, and stylish boutiques.
Salvador de Bahia
Founded in 1549, Salvador was the first capital of Brazil and is currently the capital of the state of Bahia. Today Salvador is the true heart of the country’s rich Afro-Brazilian culture. The city is alive with the African rhythms of the Candomble rituals and the persistent beats of the Samba.
Praia do Forte
A charming little village in the state of Bahia, Praia do Forte is surrounded by 12km of pristine beaches, waving palm trees and a freshwater lagoon. The nearby Sapiranga Nature Reserve is great for forest walks and the waters around town are perfect for snorkeling.
Lençóis is the prettiest of the old diamond-mining towns in the Chapada Diamantina Region. While the town itself has charming cobbled streets, brightly painted 19th-century buildings and appealing outdoor cafés and restaurants, the surrounding areas are the real attraction. Caves, waterfalls, idyllic rivers and panoramic plateaus set the stage for some fantastic adventures.
What you need
For visitors who have been in transit over the past three months, or who are coming from certain countries (please check this with your consulate) an International Certificate of Vaccination against yellow fever is required. The yellow fever vaccine is also recommended for all national and international visitors who intend to visit the following Brazilian states: Acre, Amazonas, Amapá, Federal District, Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso do Sul, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima and Tocantins.
The Amazon is best avoided between January and May, and the Pantanal between October and April as the rainy season makes travel difficult. The beaches of the Northeast have their rainy season between April and July, and the South gets colder in the winter months of June to August, but even so, during these periods you will encounter many beautiful, cloudless days. So, tell us when you know your preferred travel dates; we’ll let you know where to go!
Around the mayor cities and destinations there are good roads, comfortable buses and reliable taxis and transfers. All in all Brazil is pretty easy to travel through.
After studying to become a travel agent at Belgrano University in Buenos Aires she worked in several different areas of the travel industry from agencies and hotels to within corporate groups. Montse truly enjoys working in an industry that is undergoing constant change and its adaptation allows for continuous learning. Being in contact with people, inspiring them to learn about new destinations, and assisting them to have the best possible travel experience is just one of the highlights she has found while working in the travel industry. Montse believes that travel is one of the best investments a person can make for their personal development, providing enriching memories that one can enjoy for a lifetime. Traveling to Rio de Janeiro, Montse fell in love with the ‘Marvelous City’ and in August 2014, she made her travel dreams a reality moving from the Class Adventure Travel team in Buenos Aires to become the teamleader of the Encounter Brazil office.