Brazil

Plan the trip of a lifetime to Brazil with our well-traveled team of experts. Work closely with your Southern Explorations' travel specialist to build a first class tailor-made tour over the dates of your choice. As the largest country in Latin America and the fifth largest country in the world, Brazil packs in everything from the legendary Amazon, to the mountains of Chapada Diamantina, to Iguazu Falls, and – of course – 4,600 miles of legendary beaches. 

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“Tall and tan and young and lovely,” when Rio de Janeiro’s Ipanema Beach became a 1960s song lyric, it set off a worldwide bossa nova craze. Suddenly everyone wanted to travel to beautiful Brazil, and the throngs of international visitors have been arriving ever since.
 
BRAZIL'S FASCINATING CITIES
Sizzling Rio: All visitors stop in Rio de Janeiro during their Brazil tours at least long enough to take in the views from the 98-ft tall Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugarloaf Mountain, to stroll Copacabana Beach’s black and white mosaic boardwalk and dance the night away in what is arguably the world’s most exciting city. City living deep in the Amazon Manaus is where rubber barons made their mark, building according to their European sensibilities, including an ornate 640-seat opera house where Caruso performed and elegant mansions. Ever modern, Brazil’s capital moved inland from Rio de Janeiro in 1960. A modernist marvel designed by Brazil’s most famous architect, Oscar Niemeyer, Brasilia was built from scratch in less than four years.
 
4,600 MILES OF BEACH
Brazil offers beaches for every mood, beaches with wildlife like Praia do Forte on the Coconut Coast where turtle populations are being revived; beaches with nightlife like Rio, beaches with surf like Florianopolis, beaches where thousands of spinner dolphins begin the day; and beaches with dunes and dance like Jericoacoara, where a landscape of white sand dunes is dotted with lagoons that come and go according to the rains.
 
WATER WATER EVERYWHERE
Mixing the Amazon Fed by tributaries starting in the Andes, the Amazon reaches the sea in Brazil. To see the sediment-churning cocoa-hued tributaries and the clear black rivers mix together, one must travel near Manaus where for eight amazing miles they move side by side before mingling into the world’s mightiest river. The amazing Pantanal is the world’s largest freshwater wetland, a nature-lover’s paradise. Further south, river snorkeling is a popular pastime where warm waters carry you above a constantly changing array of colorful fish. Iguacu: Go north to get to falls so wide they may be seen clear into neighboring Argentina.
 
A DIVERSE CULTURE
The Samba Samba is to Brazil what the tango is to Argentina, and the centerpiece of some, but not all, of the country’s Carnaval celebrations. If your Brazil tours get you to different regions of the country, you’ll see other dance traditions, including Capoeira, a mix of dance and martial arts created during slavery as a masked form of rebellion. Carnaval Carnaval may seem like a huge spontaneous celebration, but it actually requires year-round preparation and months of rehearsal. With its cast of thousands and parades of colossal proportions, Carnaval in Rio is especially labor-intensive. If you choose to travel to Brazil when Carnaval is not underway, Samba and Carnaval rehearsals are so ubiquitous, you’ll at least get an idea of what you missed. Most days one may visit Cidade do Samba to learn about Samba and watch the large escolas rehearse. Come January, some rehearsals move to the Zona Sul which takes people watching to a whole new level. Bahia North of Rio is Brazil’s cultural heartland where centuries of slavery have left a rich legacy. Come hungry The regional cuisine of many parts of Brazil is renowned. Depending on where you travel, you may find African, Portuguese or Caribbean influences; or all three. Brazil offers a mouthwatering vacation wherever you go.
 
Mixing the Amazon Fed by tributaries starting in the Andes, the Amazon reaches the sea in Brazil. To see the sediment-churning cocoa-hued tributaries and the clear black rivers mix together, one must travel near Manaus where for eight amazing miles they move side by side before mingling into the world’s mightiest river. The amazing Pantanal is the world’s largest freshwater wetland, a nature-lover’s paradise. Further south, river snorkeling is a popular pastime where warm waters carry you above a constantly changing array of colorful fish. Iguacu: Go north to get to falls so wide they may be seen clear into neighboring Argentina.
 
A DIVERSE CULTURE
The Samba Samba is to Brazil what the tango is to Argentina, and the centerpiece of some, but not all, of the country’s Carnaval celebrations. If your Brazil tours get you to different regions of the country, you’ll see other dance traditions, including Capoeira, a mix of dance and martial arts created during slavery as a masked form of rebellion. Carnaval Carnaval may seem like a huge spontaneous celebration, but it actually requires year-round preparation and months of rehearsal. With its cast of thousands and parades of colossal proportions, Carnaval in Rio is especially labor-intensive. If you choose to travel to Brazil when Carnaval is not underway, Samba and Carnaval rehearsals are so ubiquitous, you’ll at least get an idea of what you missed. Most days one may visit Cidade do Samba to learn about Samba and watch the large escolas rehearse. Come January, some rehearsals move to the Zona Sul which takes people watching to a whole new level. Bahia North of Rio is Brazil’s cultural heartland where centuries of slavery have left a rich legacy. Come hungry The regional cuisine of many parts of Brazil is renowned. Depending on where you travel, you may find African, Portuguese or Caribbean influences; or all three. Brazil offers a mouthwatering vacation wherever you go.
 
The Samba Samba is to Brazil what the tango is to Argentina, and the centerpiece of some, but not all, of the country’s Carnaval celebrations. If your Brazil tours get you to different regions of the country, you’ll see other dance traditions, including Capoeira, a mix of dance and martial arts created during slavery as a masked form of rebellion. Carnaval Carnaval may seem like a huge spontaneous celebration, but it actually requires year-round preparation and months of rehearsal. With its cast of thousands and parades of colossal proportions, Carnaval in Rio is especially labor-intensive. If you choose to travel to Brazil when Carnaval is not underway, Samba and Carnaval rehearsals are so ubiquitous, you’ll at least get an idea of what you missed. Most days one may visit Cidade do Samba to learn about Samba and watch the large escolas rehearse. Come January, some rehearsals move to the Zona Sul which takes people watching to a whole new level. Bahia North of Rio is Brazil’s cultural heartland where centuries of slavery have left a rich legacy. Come hungry The regional cuisine of many parts of Brazil is renowned. Depending on where you travel, you may find African, Portuguese or Caribbean influences; or all three. Brazil offers a mouthwatering vacation wherever you go.

View our Brazil trip and tour options below:
Rio City & Beaches , Corcovado, Sugar Loaf, Salvador, Chapada Diamantina, Praia Do Forte
Rio City & Beaches , Corcovado, Sugar Loaf, Salvador, Chapada Diamantina, Praia Do Forte
Florianopolis - Outstanding Beaches , Guide Optional - Surfing, Wind Surfing, Kite Boarding , Hiking, Rafting, Nightlife
Anavilhanas Archipelago, Amazon Rainforest Excursion, Rainforest Wildlife, Lago Janauari Ecological Park
7 Days $1,925
Florianopolis , Daily Surfing & Yoga Instruction, Outstanding Beaches, One Highlight Hike, Nightlife Guide
Rio City & Beaches , Corcovado, Sugar Loaf , Jericoacoara, Northern Highlights and More....
Buenos Aires , Iguazu Falls, Rio De Janeiro
Florianopolis , Hiking, Rafting, Paragliding, Sand Boarding, Horseback Riding, Outstanding Beaches, Nightlife Guide
Rio City & Beaches , Corcovado, Sugar Loaf , Paraty
Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugar Loaf mountain, Anavilhanas Archipelago, Amazon canoeing, Piranha fishing, Pink dolphins, Sunrise over the jungle canopy
6 Days $2,640
Rio City & Beaches , Corcovado, Sugar Loaf, Iguazu Falls
Rio City & Beaches , Corcovado, Sugar Loaf, Paraty, Iguazu Falls
Rio City & Beaches , Corcovado, Sugar Loaf, Florianopolis, Iguazu Falls
Rio De Janeiro, Bonito , Pantanal