Tourist Information for Brazil
Rio de Janeiro is said to be quite simply one of the most beautiful cities in the world. From its wide expanse of stunning beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema, to its mountains of Sugarloaf and Corcovado; not to mention the beautiful nature of its local people known as ‘cariocas’.
Rio Carnival which lasts five days ending on Ash Wednesday is a spectacular celebration of samba parades, carnival balls and street parties. During New Year’s celebrations Copacabana Beach becomes a living sea of people dressed in white, holding glowing candles, as celebrations of the Goddess of the Sea get underway.
Salvador the former capital of Brazil is a unique blend of magnificent history and culture. Ornate 16th & 17th century churches, houses and museums still stand on cobblestone streets and the Portuguese influence is clearly evident with sandstone facades, decorated tiles and ceramics.
Rio de Janeiro
Rio sits between the ocean and escarpment and is one of the most densely populated places on earth and is known as a cidade maravilhosa (the marvellous city).
The statue, Christ the Redeemer with his outstretched arms, on Corcovado mountain; Sugarloaf with its cable cars; the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema; Teatro Municipal (home of Rio’s opera, orchestra and gargoyles). A walking tour of Rio is the best way to explore the city’s museums, colonial buildings, churches and traditional meeting places - restaurants, bars, shops and street corners. Rio Carnival, February.
Amazon / Manaus
Covering more than 1.5 million sq km, Amazonas is Brazil’s largest state. The best time to visit the Amazon Jungle is when the water level is high - March to July. The Teatro Amazonas, in Manaus (a famous opera house in the middle of the jungle) is a reminder of the opulent lifestyles led by the rubber barons.
Foz do Iguacu
The Brazilian side offers an overview of the Falls and best time to visit is in the morning for photos. Best season to see them is from August to November. From May to July you may not be able to approach the falls on the catwalks, due to the increased volume of water. The Ponte Presidente Tancredo Neves bridges the Rio Iguacu and connects Brazil to Argentina.
A vast area of wetlands, much of which is flooded during the wet season (Oct-Mar). Birds are the most frequently seen wildlife, but the Pantanal is also a sanctuary for giant river otters, anacondas, iguanas, jaguars, cougars, crocodiles, deer, anteaters, black howler monkeys and capybaras. Best time to visit is during the dry season (Apr-Sep/Oct), and birds are best seen Jul-Sep.
Salvador da Bahia
Recife and Olinda.