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Family Holidays to Brazil

What to think about when planning a family holiday to Brazil...

Brazil - Christ the Redeemer - Rio de Janeiro
Brazil - Salvador da Bahia
Brazil - Kayaking in the Pantanal

The size of Brazil and the variety of places to visit, is the main thing to bear in mind when planning a family holiday to Brazil. With nature, adventure, beaches and fascinating cities, there’s something to suit every family and indeed, every member of the family! From a timing point of view, Brazil is also a year-round good-weather destination, making it a perfect option for European and North American families planning their summer holidays.

The beauty of most of the destinations and itineraries on offer in Brazil is that they combine a variety of different interests, so if someone wants to go off and do activities and another person wants to relax by the hotel swimming pool, that is all possible, making it easy to keep everyone happy at the same time.

Two of Brazil’s main nature and wildlife destinations, the Pantanal and the Southern Amazon Rainforest, are best visited between the months of June and September, coinciding with the European and North American summer vacation period. With a variety of daily activities ranging from 4x4 safaris, to jaguar spotting and fishing for piranhas in the Pantanal, to kayaking and spotting rare birds and monkeys in the canopy of the Amazon rainforest, visiting these areas is guaranteed to get kids interested and involved.

For older families, the drum orchestra beat-filled streets of Salvador and the impressive displays of groups practicing capoeira will definitely appeal, while the vibrant sights and sounds of Rio de Janeiro have more than enough to occupy anyone and everyone for at least a few days! The beauty of these two cities is that they are based on the coast so the morning can be spent sight-seeing and the afternoon lazing on the beach.

If it’s beaches and water sports you’re looking for, then Brazil’s coastline is filled with resorts and beach destinations, providing not only access to spectacular beaches, but a whole range of activities including surfing, paddle-boarding, snorkelling and diving, not to mention, horse riding and golf. Trancoso, Búzios, Paraty and Florianópolis all have plenty going on in the evenings, with restaurants, cafés, cultural festivals and, because it’s Brazil, lots of live music!

For families with younger children, many of the hotels and pousadas offer care and babysitting facilities, giving parents a bit of time to themselves to explore and relax on their own, knowing the children are being well looked after and supervised. Often this service is offered free of charge, which is a definite bonus. It is also usually possible to accommodate families in larger or interconnecting rooms, giving you much more space and room to be a family. Some of the hotels offer villas or bungalow accommodation, equipped with books, games and wifi, which again, is helpful when you’re a family and want to have a bit of your own space.

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    At a glance…Brazil

  • Population: 201 million+
  • Location: Central South America
  • Recommended time to go: 3 to 14 nights
  • Time to visit: Year round
  • Go here for: Beaches, culture, activities
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    Our Top Five Family Holidays Hotels in Brazil for 2017/18:

    1. Hotel das Cataratas

      Hotel das Cataratas

      Owned and managed by the superb Belmond chain, Hotel das Cataratas is the only alternative to the Sheraton Hotel that has views to the falls themselves. Being on the Brazilian side means that, arguably, the views themselves are even better than from the Argentine side and so, it is logical, that... More...

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    2. Villa Etnia - Swimming pool and bar

      Villa Etnia

      Located within walking distance of the Quadrado, Villa Etnia is a great option for clients looking to stay in the heart of Trancoso but without the price tag of Uxua. With carefully put together guest rooms and villas set within ‘jungle’ gardens, this hotel provides a welcoming and relaxing... More...

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    3. Porto Bay Rio International - Restaurant

      Porto Bay Rio International

      Located right on Copacabana beach, the Porto Bay Rio International hotel offers great facilities and value for money. With a great breakfast, a large rooftop pool and terrace with stunning panoramic views and comfortable, modern rooms, this is a great hotel for those spending a night or two... More...

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    4. Pousada Literária de Paraty, Paraty

      Pousada Literária de Paraty

      The Pousada Literária de Paraty is an immaculate guesthouse located in the heart of Paraty’s historical centre. With fantastic facilities, including a large swimming pool, this Pousada is ideal for those looking for a few days of relaxation but who don’t want complete seclusion and still want to be... More...

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    5. Mirante do Gavião - Rio Negro

      Mirante do Gavião

      Deep in the Amazon Rainforest near Manaus and the Anavilhanas Archipelago, Mirante do Gavião or “the hawk’s lookout” is a new sustainably-designed ecolodge, offering exclusive accommodation and access to one of the most bio-diverse and ecologically important areas of the planet.

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