The Amazon in Brazil
The Amazon Rainforest is one of those destinations which should be on everyone’s bucket list. Nothing compares to seeing the sun rise over the canopy of the rainforest and hearing the forest come to life as dawn breaks. Above all, going to the rainforest offers a unique opportunity to go somewhere where nature still rules and lives freely in the wild. There are two ways to access the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, either through the more well-known routing of Manaus in the North or through the lesser known, but more easily accessible route of Mato Grosso in the South.
Salvador da Bahia
The capital of Bahia state, Salvador, is one of Brazil’s most vibrant and colourful cities. The country’s first capital and an entry point for slave ships from Africa, Salvador da Bahia played a key part in the history and development of Brazil. The ruins of this diverse history include 15 forts, 166 Catholic churches and 1000 candomblé temples. Although Salvador has long ceased to be the economic and political capital of Brazil, it has retained its rich colonial architecture and continues to be the cradle of African cultural heritage within Brazil.
Beaches around Rio
There are plenty of beach getaways around Rio which are perfect for unwinding after a busy couple of days exploring the sights and sounds of the city. Picturesque resorts and sandy beaches lead into shallow turquoise waters filled with colourful fish and wooden fishing boats, providing a tranquil getaway only a couple of hours drive from the outskirts of Rio. From the glamorous resort town of Búzios to the north, to the charming town of Paraty, to the south of Rio, there is an option to suit every taste.