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Holidays in Brazil

As highlighted by The BBC's Michael Palin's Brazil programme, Brazil is a vibrant country that boasts some stunning sights and nature to rival any other.

We have created cruise and tour itineraries to Brazil that strike the perfect balance between free time and relaxation, education and entertainment. This ensures you will see everything that Brazil has to offer, but at a pace that suits you.

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Language

Portuguese

Tipping

Tipping is customary for obtaining good service. For service in restaurants etc. 15% is usual .

Currency

Real (R) 1R = 100 centavos.

Culture

Many traditional dishes come from Brazil’s African and Portuguese origins. Churrascaria (meat barbecue) restaurants are extremely popular as is the Caipirinha -
a potent drink made from sugar cane rum and crushed lime.

Phrases

Hello- Ola, Goodbye- Adeus, Please- Por favor, Thank you- Obrigado, Yes- Sim, No- Nao

Timezone

GMT - 3 hours

Electricity

120V-220V, 60Hz. 2 round pins, 2 flat prongs in a parallel position or 2 flat prongs in an inverted ‘V’ shape.

Climate

A range of climates are possible during your stay; for Rio de Janeiro September- November is spring and temperatures are similar to those of a British summer. Summer from December-March is hotter.

Health

For the latest country specific information please check the website for National Travel Health Network and Centre www.nathnac.org

Passports and visas

No visa is needed for British citizens to enter Brazil. A standard 10 year British passport is required for all holidays, which must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned date of return travel.

Flight time

From London to Rio de Janeiro is approx 12 hours

Rio de Janeiro

One of the most fascinating world wonders can be found in the city of Rio de Janeiro, standing at 38 m high, you will certainly be able to see it wherever you go.

The Christ the Redeemer statue is one of the New Seven Wonders, a list that also boasts the likes of Machu Picchu in Peru and India's Taj Mahal. The breathtaking structure on top of the Corcovado Mountain is one of the most popular Catholic symbols in the world.

As well as the Corcovado peak, the city is also home to Sugarloaf Mountain, which majestically rises over the harbour filled with yachts.

The beaches in Rio de Janeiro are just as famous and you will likely spot groups of friends playing volleyball or practising the sport the country is particularly famous for - football. You might even unknowingly catch a glimpse of the next Ronaldo or Pele!

Glistening skyscrapers line the stretches of sand, along with 17th-century churches, showcasing how the city is one of contrasts.

Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo is the largest city in Brazil and is home to the financial centre of the country, as well as a large variety of art galleries and museums.

Fans of music will no doubt relish the chance to catch an opera performance at the Municipal Theatre, while there are other live performance venues dotted throughout this cosmopolitan city.

Enjoy a fine dining experience at one of the luxury hotels or restaurants and watch the world go by in a classy cocktail bar. Or, head downtown and see if you can catch a live samba performance at a venue hidden away.

Beautiful Brazil

While Brazil is perhaps most famous for its Christ the Redeemer statue and the opulent and jaw-dropping Rio Carnival complete with barely-there samba costumes, it should not be forgotten that the South American country is home to a variety of beautiful wildlife.

The Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls - made up of 275 waterfalls spanning across the border with Argentina - is a fantastic place to spot creatures native to the country.

Indeed, some the animals that call Brazil home include hummingbirds, hawks, eagles, monkeys, sea turtles, jaguars and the giant armadillo.

A system of national parks is in place in the country, such as the Tijuca National Park, an 8,000 acre rainforest containing waterfalls, plenty of wildlife and plants.

Touring holidays to Brazil therefore combine amazing wildlife, cosmopolitan cities, opera and samba music, beautiful scenery and one of the New Seven Wonders and most iconic Latin American symbols in the world.