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High Five… Brazil!

Brazil is many things to many people, to some, as one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet, it’s nature’s playground, to others it’s party central, then there’s it’s growing reputation as a premier adventure sport destination. Or maybe, for you it’s all about soaking up the sun on one of it’s huge number of sandy beaches with the beautiful people.

One minute you could be getting up close and personal with some of the 4 million species of plants and animals that exist in the Amazon Rainforest and the next, sipping Brazil’s national cocktail, the Caipirinha, while enjoying its infamous night life.

If you want to immerse your self in the multifaceted culture of this legendary South American country then start practicing your Samba and get on your way to Brrrrrrazil!

The incredible Iguassu Falls.

Our Favourite 5 Things to do in Brazil

Marvel at Iguassu Falls

The Iguazu River is on the border of the Brazillian state of Parana and the Argentinian province of Misiones, and is home to the spectacular water falls known as the Iguassu Falls.

If your taking a trip to Brazil this is not to be missed. The falls drop with such a force that there is constantly a 100 foot cloud of water spraying overhead to keep you cool – keep an eye out for the rainbow!

It takes a couple of days to explore the different falls, so go with the intention of spending at least 48 hours in the area, or better yet, book a trip such as In Search of Iguassu and prepare to embark on the age old debate about side which is more beautiful!

Laze on Ipanema beach

If you’re looking for a place to relax, catch a tan, enjoy the Brazilan sunset and the magic that Rio de Janeiro holds, then definitely check out trendsetting Ipanema beach.

Ipanema is a southern district of the city with breath taking views of the surrounding mountains and city, which quite spectacularly frame the ocean and golden beaches below. The Ipanema is a little less touristy than the main Copacabana beach, but just as beautiful – and a great place to mix with the locals.

Soak up some sun on Ipanema Beach.

Climb the Escadaria Selaron

The Escadaria Selaron, also known as the world-famous stairs where Pharrell and Snoop Dog filmed the music video for their song Beautiful, was crated by Jorge Selarón who has since dedicated his life to updating his magnificant piece of art with new tiles. As you’re climbing up, stop to take a closer look at the thouasands of tiles as some of them are pretty incredible!

You can climb the stairs for free, and if you are lucky enough, you might bump into Jorge Seraron himself and be able to get cheeky snap with him… definitely one for Facebook!

Escadaria Selarón

Escadaria Selarón. Image courtesy of Rogerio Zgiet on Flickr.

Explore the Amazon

If it’s an adventure you’re craving, then a visit to the Amazon Rainforest is a must, and let’s be honest, what is a trip to Brazil without a trip to the largest and most famous eco-system in the world?!

This magnificent rainforest covers 1.7 billion acres of over nine countries, and is home to thousands of species of animals and plants, as well as indigenous tribes.

Take a canoe ride through the small, winding creeks, trek through the lush jungle, go finishing for piranha, sit in on a few medicinal plant lectures, take a survival course, or jump on a sunrise tour. The number of the ways you can explore the Amazon is endless, there is something to match everyone’s idea of an adventure, a trip such as Wonders of Brazil will take you into the heart of the jungle.

Spend some time getting to know the inhabitants of the Amazon Rainforest.

Take a Favela Tour

A tour of a favela will open your eyes to how the less fortunate live in Rio de Janiero, something which is important for understanding the ‘real’ Rio and the life many Brazillian’s actually lead. If you do decide on a visit make sure you do it with a recommended tour guide or sign up to a volunteer project such as Volunteer Brazil.

You will quickly find that, shockingly, most favelas are like a mini cities within Rio de Janiero. Colourful, vibrant and practically pulsating with life, it’s no surprise that many of the samba schools that participate in the famous Rio Carnival parade are in fact from the surrounding favelas.

You will get the chance to see how ordinary people have come together and built there own city within a city, even ensuring electricity runs throughout the favela to the local businesses. The government controlled favela tours run on the basis that some of the ticket money is inserted back into the favela, so your visit will benefit those that live in the favelas.

Brazil is the stuff travelling dreams are made of and if you’d like to explore this amazing country for yourself check out our cheap flights and epic adventure tours to make sure you don’t miss out any of the best bits.
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