Friendly locals are one of Brazil's greatest assets. Meet the people on the sun-kissed beaches of Rio de Janeiro, or learn the fluid dance-martial art of capoeira with them amid the colonial splendour of Salvador. Get up close to Brazil's fauna and flora in the incomparable Amazon or lesser-known Pantanal wetlands.
Brazilians take partying seriously. Watch the glittering pre-Lenten spectacle of Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, relax on golden beaches or join locals for caipirinhas cocktails in a small Bahian town. For modern architecture go to the capital Brasília or visit the cultural centre São Paulo. The Amazon jungle is mostly uninhabited, and its great river is best explored on boat trips and lodge visits.
Visit the futuristic-looking city of Brasília. People watch on the beaches in Rio de Janeiro. Marvel at the panoramic views from the Corcovado – site of the Christ the Redeemer statue. Gaze at masterpieces by Rembrandt in the São Paulo Museum of Art. Tuck into São Paulo's varied choice of cuisine and sample some of the renowned nightlife in the continent's biggest city.
The northwest of Brazil is dominated by the enormous Amazon rainforest, where the Amazon River runs from Manaus out to Belm on the coast. In the northeast you’ll find Chapada Diamantina National Park, with its tabletop mountains, underground caves and azure lakes. The swampy Pantanal is great for spotting tapir, giant otters and monkeys, while the border with Argentina is the site of the spectacular Iguazu Falls.