Luxury Holidays to Brazil: An Overview

Indisputably the 'in' country on earth right now, and somewhere that we at Original Travel can't get enough of. So, where to start your luxury holiday in Brazil? A few days in Rio is a minimum requirement, and will give you the best introduction to the thoroughly sensual rhythm of the country. After that, take your pick from several fabulous regions, all of which we've visited.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Inland, the Amazon and the Pantanal wetlands are the best places to view Brazil's abundant wildlife
  • The urban areas range from historic colonial villages to the huge, vibrant metropolis of São Paulo, and all showcase the country's rich cultural heritage
  • With over 4,500 miles of coastline, Brazil boasts some of the world's best beaches; from the sandy glitz and the glamour of Florianopolis to the remote fresh water lagoon wilderness of Lencois Marahenses
  • Its spectacular natural sights are numerous: the majestic Iguassu waterfalls, the mighty Amazon River, the mysterious table topped mountains of Chapada Diamantina and the wild sand dunes of the North East Coast are just a few

Luxury Holidays to Brazil: The Detail

More than ten of the travel team here have been to Brazil in the last five years alone, exploring everywhere from the deserted beaches of Natal province to the incomparable rainforests in the Amazon. We, therefore, have the inside track on all the best places to suggest for your luxury holiday.

Did you know

  • The country's name comes from the tree called 'Brazil Wood'
  • 60% of the Amazon rainforest is in Brazil
  • The Amazon River that runs through Brazil is the second longest in the world
  • There are 13 cities in Brazil with a population of over one million
  • The motto of Brazil is 'Order and Progress'
  • It has the 10th highest railroad network in the world

Rio is a must, but choosing what to do next is where our expertise really kicks in as the difficulty is filtering out what not to do, unless you've got a spare month or two. Rest assured that wherever you end up this will be one of the most memorable luxury holidays you ever take.

There's plenty more to explore throughout the world's fifth largest country - for example 4,500 miles of coastline teeming with tropical islands and home to ever more sophisticated new boutique hotels opening all the time. One thing we do guarantee - we think everyone who visits secretly wishes they were Brazilian.


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Original Highlight

It is impossible to sum up the world’s fifth largest country and all it has to offer, but the sensual rhythm of Brazil is completely addictive, leading most visitors to return again and again.

Ysobel , Original Traveller

A note on price

Brazil is the most expensive country in South America to visit. Unfortunately, it doesn’t represent great value for money – but it’s still one of our absolute favourites. A two week luxury holiday starts from £4000 per person including flights – but if you’re hoping to cover a lot of ground, expect to pay a lot more. Learn more about our pricing

Weather in January January February March April May June July August September October November December
  • Average Temp. — 27°C / 80°F
  • Rainfall — 15cm / 5.9 inches
  • Water Temp. — 25°C / 77°F
Language

Portuguese

Currency

Brazilian Real

Visa Requirements

not required

Religion

catholics

Food & Drink

feijoada, Caipirinha

What to pack

a good book for the beach

Flight from London

10:45 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -3 hrs


Top picks for Brazil

Boat and Crow

Southern Brazil

Brazil

The Southern coast of Brazil has an abundance of white sand beaches and emerald seas, encased by endless green mountains and lush forestry

Where to go

Rio Carnival

Rio Carnival

Rio, Buzios & the Costa Verde

The most outrageous and spectacular festivities take place in Rio, whose world-famous Carnival and its associated musicians, dancers, floats and parades have become so large that they all take place in the purpose-built sambodrome building, with entries and seating tightly controlled and pre-allocated.

What to do

Trekking in Chapada Diamantina

Trekking in Chapada Diamantina

Bahia

Trekking is undoubtedly one the best ways to discover all there is to see in Chapada Diamantina, - the Diamond Plateau - a land of underground rivers, cacti and dramatic landscapes which is deservedly considered one of the most fascinating natural areas of Brazil.

What to do

Hotel Santa Teresa

Hotel Santa Teresa

Rio, Buzios & the Costa Verde

After three years of restoration and repair, Hotel Santa Teresa has finally opened its doors.

Where to stay

Tutabel

Tutabel

Bahia

This chic yet bohemian boutique hotel sits in a beautiful beach side location near the historic fishing village of Trancoso and its authentic Brazilian atmosphere is apparent, and amplified, through the use of open spaces, outdoor lounges and colourful decor.

Where to stay

Tropical Iguacu

Iguacu Falls

Brazil

A tour of the Iguaçu Falls, on the border between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, is an unforgettable spectacle. Meandering 400 miles west from its source in the coastal mountains of Paraná and Santa Catarina, the Rio Iguaçu finally widens and falls over an area one mile wide, thundering 240ft down to the river below.

Where to go

Rio Carnival Floats

Rio, Buzios & the Costa Verde

Brazil

Rio de Janeiro has perhaps the most stunning physical setting of any city in the world, with the legendary beachfront neighbourhoods of Copacabana and Ipanema the city’s most famous districts.

Where to go

Mountain sunset view

North East Brazil

Brazil

At the North Eastern tip of Brazil is Jericoacoara, home to huge sand dunes and a deliciously laid back vibe. Further south, the small fishing village of Pipa perches on cliffs overlooking some of Brazil's finest beaches. Finally, 220 miles from the mainland east of Pipa lies the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha - a UNESCO Natural Heritage site - consisting of 21 small volcanic islands, isolated in the equatorial South Atlantic. All different, all wonderful.

Where to go

Pelourinho district

Pelourinho district

Bahia

The city of Salvador itself is often referred to as the ‘African Soul’ of Brazil, as descendants of the first African slaves have held tight to their African traditions, and these mingle with the colonial influences to compelling effect.

What to do

Capoeira lessons

Capoeira lessons

Bahia

Original Travel can arrange private or group capoeira and samba lessons in Rio or in Salvador; after all, where better to learn?

What to do

Samba

Samba

Rio, Buzios & the Costa Verde

Characterized by its great diversity, the origins of Brazil’s music lie in its AmerIndian, Portuguese and African roots, and today it is firmly embedded into the Brazilian way of life.

What to do

Yellow and Blue Frog

Manaus & The Amazon Basin

Brazil

With the airport at Manaus a four hour flight from Rio, this is a deeply isolated region, and all the more fascinating because of it.

Where to go

Fazenda Catuçaba

Fazenda Catuçaba

Rio, Buzios & the Costa Verde

Fazenda Catuçaba is a 450-hectare coffee farm in a coastal mountain range, bordering a UNESCO natural reserve, and the sister property of the lovely Pousada Picinguaba.

Where to stay

Helicopter ride

Helicopter ride

Iguacu Falls

Silence the arguments over whether it’s the Argentinian or the Brazilian side of the falls that affords the best view, and see the whole lot from the air in a thrilling helicopter ride.

What to do

Mama Ruisa

Mama Ruisa

Rio, Buzios & the Costa Verde

The French owners of this boutique property believe that personalized service is paramount to maximising the Brazilian experience whilst staying in Rio de Janeiro.

Where to stay

Small Flower and Leaf

The Pantanal

Brazil

In the centre of South America lies the largest inland delta in the world, the Pantanal, or flooded outback, in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso.

Where to go

Belmond Copacabana Palace

Belmond Copacabana Palace

Rio, Buzios & the Costa Verde

Originally opened in 1923, this impressive property is Rio’s most traditional and luxurious hotel, and has been the go-to-place to stay for everyone from Fred Astaire to the Rolling Stones.

Where to stay

Blue Doorway to Cobbled Street

Minas Gerais

Brazil

Between Salvador to the north and Rio to the south and inland from the coast lies the state of Minas Gerais, the heart of the gold mining activity in colonial Brazil during the 18th century.

Where to go

Sugarloaf & Corcovado mountains

Sugarloaf & Corcovado mountains

Rio, Buzios & the Costa Verde

The iconic mountains that appear in any self-respecting shot of Rio both offer superb panoramic views of the city, its bays and beaches.

What to do

Salvador Carnival

Salvador Carnival

Bahia

The most exciting moment in the Salvador calendar is undoubtedly the spectacular February carnival, when up to two million revellers from all over Brazil and the world fill the streets over four days, dancing, singing and drinking in inimitable Brazilian style.

What to do

Pousada Picinguaba

Pousada Picinguaba

Rio, Buzios & the Costa Verde

A charming hotel in an exceptional location, ideal for enjoying the surrounding nature and the local way of life.

Where to stay

Casas Brancas

Casas Brancas

Rio, Buzios & the Costa Verde

Just a five minute walk from the centre of coastal Búzios, and overlooking the town’s bay dotted with colourful fishing boats, Casas Brancas has the best of both worlds.

Where to stay

Casa Turquesa

Casa Turquesa

Rio, Buzios & the Costa Verde

Now this a pretty chic boutique! Casa Turquesa is a lovely B&B idyllically situated down Paratay's cobbled town streets right on the waterfront.

Where to stay

Kayaking from Paraty

Kayaking from Paraty

Rio, Buzios & the Costa Verde

Hundreds of islands with unspoiled tropical wilderness lie just off shore of the Costa Verde and the best way to explore them is by kayak.

What to do

Once again thank you for your attentive & professional assistance with our last 2 holidays.

David

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