The world’s fifth largest country could fit India into its top pocket and still leave space for another few nations to slip in comfortably. Your family will have the best time exploring on a massive outdoor adventure. It’s not the destination for a casual, see-what-happens family holiday, but it is one of earth’s greatest adventures, keeps several of the planet’s most spectacular landscapes within its boundaries and will never fail to amaze and stun on a minute-by-minute basis.
Brazil has 20 UNESCO World Heritage sites including the Central Amazon and the Iguaçu National Park.
Brazil has over 5,000 miles of coastline and some of the world’s most iconic beaches, from Ipanema and Copacabana in Rio to lesser known legends, like Lopes Mendes on Ilha Grande and Santa Catarina’s Lagoinha do Leste.
Brazil is the world’s most bio-diverse country with more than 50,000 plant species and more known species of mammals and fish. As the only country with both the Equator and Tropic of Capricorn running through it, Brazil has eight different climate zones and several micro-climates.
The Central Amazon Rainforest in Brazil (Amazonas) is one of the world’s top five eco-tourism destinations. The Pantanal is Earth’s largest area of tropical wetland, covering almost 120,000 square miles and most of it lies in central Brazil’s Mato Grosso do Sul region, now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
There is always something going on in Brazil. From Rio Carnival to Bumba-Meu-Boi, there are so many reasons to visit this country.
It’s no surprise that a country the size of Brazil has dozens of spectacular road trips. But, unless you’re planning to be here for months, driving is the most inconvenient and time-consuming way to travel.
Direct flights from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo connect to main airports in every region and, in some cases, to smaller provincial airports. Another inter-region option is the country’s network of luxury buses called leitos. These normally operate overnight services, have fully reclining seats and cost less than flights.
Don’t drive in cities. Public transport is generally reliable and runs all hours. Taxis are easy to find, just make sure they’re official city taxis and agree on fares in advance.