- Brazil Family holidays
Brazil is the only Portuguese-speaking country in the Americas, vast in size and home to rainforests and the Amazon river delta - a truly unique landscape that makes family holidays in Brazil feel extra special. Take a trip into the rainforests aboard a narrow river boat, or just take your family on a city break in Rio de Janeiro or the carefully planned 'new' capital city of Brasilia, which has only existed since 1960. Outside of the iconic attractions, there's a huge country to explore, with many of the kind of geographic features that would normally be major tourist attractions in their own right, but here are dwarfed compared to what else is on offer.
A capital from scratch
If you have young children and don't fancy a family holiday in Brazil's more remote areas, or deep in the jungle, then a city break in Brasilia is a fine alternative. The city was created in 1960 as part of a vision to build a brand new capital city from scratch. It has come to fruition in the sense that it has indeed taken over responsibility for the administration of Brazil, while in some ways 'real life' has interfered with the original plans, and it's interesting to explore the streets and try to spot where they are no longer symmetrical.
Several of the country's features - both natural and manmade - deserve a place on a shortlist of wonders of the modern world. The statue of Christ the Redeemer, high on the hillside above Rio de Janeiro, frequently makes it on to modern versions of the 'wonders' list, and if you climb up to take a close look at the statue, you'll be in plenty of good company among locals and tourists alike. For a more natural wonder during cheap family holidays in Brazil, head to the Argentinean border and see the awesome power of the Iguazu Falls, which translate into English as 'Big Water'.
A modern day Eden
family holidays in Brazil are a great way to teach your children about the importance of conservation of natural habitats, and of eco-friendly travel and tourism. The country is about as close to a modern day Garden of Eden as you can get, and it's impossible to travel through its rural areas without coming away with a sense of the natural beauty of its epic landscape.
Why Brazil is so great for families
Home to the world's biggest rainforest, thousands of miles of beaches, amazing wildlife and exciting cities – it's not hard to see why kids will love family holidays in Brazil. Do something a little out of the ordinary and take a boat trip up the mighty Amazon river, meet jungle animals or simply visit some of the superb beach resorts. With warm welcomes and friendly people wherever you go, plus incredible food to sample, Brazil family holidays are the kind you remember for a lifetime.