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Brazil

With rainforests and wetlands thronged with wildlife, gorgeous sandy beaches and high-energy metropolises, Brazil is a country that really does seem to have it all. 

The largest country in South America, Brazil has a reputation for its stunning beaches, glorious rainforests and bustling cities. Go diving in fish-filled waters, take a trip to roaring waterfalls and admire the colorful houses that line the streets of its charming colonial towns.

The Europeans first reached Brazilian shores in the 16th century and the country later became part of the once-vast Portuguese Empire. Although the country has been independent since 1822, legacies from its old colonial rulers, including the Portuguese language, still remain. 

One of the most popular cities in Brazil is Rio de Janeiro. To see the city from above, ride a cable car to the Pao de Acucar peak. Soccer is a much-loved national pastime. Experience the exhilarating atmosphere of a match at the Maracana Stadium in the north of Rio.

On the east coast of Brazil sits the city of Salvador de Bahia, the former capital of Portugal’s New World colony. View Afro-Brazilian art, observe traditional dances in the plazas and sample local specialties such as bean and shrimp fritters. The capital of Brazil today is Brasília, a planned city with many buildings designed by Oscar Niemeyer, one of the key architects in modern architecture.

If you’ve come to Brazil for beautiful beaches, you’ve come to the right place. Copacabana is home to the world-famous Copacabana Beach where children kick around soccer balls, beach vendors hawk their wares and cariocas (Rio residents) work on their tans. For somewhere a little quieter, take a boat to Ilha Grande, which is ringed with secluded palm tree-lined beaches and crisscrossed by forest trails.

Brazil’s high season, when the weather is hot and festivals abound, lasts from December to March. For lower prices, book a trip between May and August.

Rio de Janeiro’s Aeroporto Galeao serves as an international gateway for travelers. Choose domestic flights to get around the country quickly or save money and ride long-haul bus routes. Bus services are reliable, frequent and usually comfortable.

Whether you go for February’s Carnival festivities in Rio or escape to the Amazonian wilds, a trip to Brazil is always an adventure.


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Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort £122
Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort

Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort

Avenida Niemeyer 121 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
     
    4.0
    of 5, from 752 reviews
    5.0 out of 5.0

    Nestled on the beach, this Leblon hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Vidigal Beach, Ipanema Beach and Avenida Atlantica. Copacabana Beach and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden are also within 3 miles (5 km). Antero de Quental Station is 24 minutes by foot.

    ibis Styles Guaruja £39
    ibis Styles Guaruja

    ibis Styles Guaruja

    R Maria Martha Arruda R Stefno, N 149 Praia Da Enseada, Guaruja
       
      4.4
      of 5, from 247 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Located in Enseada, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Enseada Handicraft Market and Enseada Beach. Pitangueiras Beach and Asturias Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

      EZ Aclimação Hotel £26
      EZ Aclimação Hotel

      EZ Aclimação Hotel

      Avenida Armando Ferrentini 668, Sao Paulo, SP
         
        4.2
        of 5, from 1,084 reviews
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Santa Joana Hospital, Aclimacao Park and Sao Paulo Cultural Center. Hcor Hospital and Paulista Shopping Center are also within 1 mi (2 km). Ana Rosa Station is 11 minutes by foot and Paraiso Station is 13 minutes.

        Miramar Hotel by Windsor £92
        Miramar Hotel by Windsor

        Miramar Hotel by Windsor

        Avenida Atlantica, 3668 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
           
          4.7
          of 5, from 1,457 reviews
          5.0 out of 5.0

          Nestled on the beach, this Copacabana hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Copacabana Beach and Avenida Atlantica. Ipanema Beach and Copacabana Fort are also within 1 mile (2 km). Cantagalo Station is 12 minutes by foot and Ipanema-General Osorio Station is 14 minutes.

          Windsor Marapendi £81
          Windsor Marapendi

          Windsor Marapendi

          Avenida Lúcio Costa, 5400, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
             
            4.6
            of 5, from 668 reviews
            5.0 out of 5.0

            Nestled on the beach, this Barra da Tijuca hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Reserve Beach and Marapendi Ecological Park. Pepe Beach is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.

            Hotel Atlântico Prime £33
            Hotel Atlântico Prime

            Hotel Atlântico Prime

            Rua do Resende 87, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
               
              4.2
              of 5, from 586 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Lapa, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Praca da Cruz Vermelha and Sambodrome. Flamengo Beach and Museum of Tomorrow are also within 2 miles (3 km). Cinelandia Station is 18 minutes by foot and Presidente Vargas Station is 18 minutes.

              ibis budget Santos Gonzaga £33
              ibis budget Santos Gonzaga

              ibis budget Santos Gonzaga

              Av Marechal Floriano Peixoto 77, Gonzaga, Santos, SP
                 
                4.1
                of 5, from 327 reviews
                2.5 out of 5.0

                Located in Gonzaga, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Miramar Shopping Center, Gonzaga Beach and Boqueirao Beach. Ponta da Praia Beach is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.

                Bourbon Convention Ibirapuera £45
                Bourbon Convention Ibirapuera

                Bourbon Convention Ibirapuera

                Av. Ibirapuera 2927, Moema, Sao Paulo, SP
                   
                  4.3
                  of 5, from 2,043 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Located in Indianópolis, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Shopping Ibirapuera and within 3 miles (5 km) of Ibirapuera Park and Shopping Metro Santa Cruz. Morumbi Shopping Mall is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) away. Eucaliptos Subway Station is only a 4-minute walk and Moema Station is 10 minutes.

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