The vast country of Brazil deserves more than one visit, but where to start? You could begin with its magnificent natural assets – rainforests and wetlands teeming with exotic animal and plant life, and five thousand miles of sandy coastline. Then you could dip into a culinary scene spanning local and international tastes. Wherever you go, you’ll meet welcoming locals, mad about music, sports, carnival and the natural beauty of their homeland. Hike, dance and jaguar-spot your way around this dynamic country. And do it with an expert guide at your side.
Isabella’s the best guide I ever met – she is energetic, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and passionate about her job. She is a natural and has great contacts with strategic people.
Really enjoyed discovering Brazil, especially with wonderful guides to show us around.
- No visit to Brazil is complete without a stop-off in one of its most exciting cities, Rio de Janeiro
- Glide into the swampy waterways of the Pantanal wetlands for the wildlife experience of a lifetime
- Hit the beach at Buzios, a short journey from Rio and a charming resort complete with offshore islands
- Stand at the foot of the colossal Iguaçu Falls and marvel at the powerful cascades crashing down before you
- Uncover hundreds of years of colonial history in beautifully preserved Salvador
- Board a flight to Manaus to spot monkeys and more in the depths of the Amazon jungle
Meet the locals on a favela tour
Take a tour of Rocinha to learn about life in a favela. Visit a community school for local children, where you can buy some handicrafts to take away with you, then stop for a drink in a local bar (buteco) to hear more about the local projects underway.
Cook like a Brazilian
Learn to cook the locals’ favourite dishes with a hands-on Brazilian cookery class. Your instructor will introduce you to the various ingredients and help you cook up a storm. You can feast on your efforts at the end.
Discover a community project
The city of Salvador has several volunteer community projects on the go. Here’s your chance to visit one of them and meet the people who run them and benefit from the services. A unique opportunity to learn how people are forging positive change in deprived neighbourhoods, and a chance to get involved yourself.
Be captivated by capoeira
Attend a capoeira demonstration and discover this mesmerising martial art with elements of dance. Capoeira was born in the plantations, created by slaves as a form of defence. Enjoy the fluid movements set to the rhythms of a one-stringed berimbau and percussion instruments.
Try a mountaintop cocktail
Wrap up your ascent of Sugarloaf Mountain with a special mountaintop cocktail party. Enjoy a drink with spectacular views of Rio below, as the city readies itself for another energetic night.
Get your graffiti on
Take an art class with a difference under the expert tutelage of a favela graffiti artist. Hear directly from the artist about life in a close-knit favela community and learn to express yourself through bringing a blank wall to life.
Create your own carnival
Participate in a carnival workshop and learn to party like a local. You’ll learn about the roots of carnival, choose a costume and take a percussion and samba class.
Take a fruit tour
Fruit lovers, step this way into the tropical fruity paradise that is Brazil’s street markets. A fruit expert will guide you around the various stalls where you can smell and taste all kinds – some familiar and some not. Anyone for umbu juice?
Lagoon bike trip
Tour Rio’s Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon on a group cycling tour, taking in the area’s pleasant views under the watchful eye of the Christ the Redeemer statue. You’ll be set various tasks and games along the way.
Get into the Brazilian spirit
Cachaça is a spirit made from fresh sugar cane juice. It’s fermented, distilled and aged in wooden containers, until it’s fit to grace Brazil’s famous Caipirinha cocktail. This special sampling session gives your taste buds access to different types of Cachaça, showing you how different methods of storing impact the flavour.