Welcome to Brazil, the largest country in South America! Brazil is captivating from its powdery white-sandy beaches (more than 2,000 stretches along its shoreline) to its verdant wild rainforests and rhythm-filled cities. Home to around 60 per cent of the Amazon Rainforest, its the largest rainforest on the planet.
At around 8.5 million square kilometres, Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country by area and the fifth most populous. Beckoning alongside jungles with giant anaconda, fantastic wildlife, and tribal villages are cosmopolitan culture and nightlife in cities such as Rio and Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city, tucked into the southwest.
Rio de Janerio, while not the capital, draws many visitors each year, especially during carnival time. Carnivals held in most cities and towns, exhibiting flamboyant performers - check the local calendar and plan a visit around one as you won't be disappointed. The Copacabana New Year's Eve - or 'Reveillon' as it's known locally - attracts around two million people for fireworks, about ten hours of live music, and loads of fun on this famous beach.
It's a country that likes its sport with Football being the firm favourite and the locals passionate and strong supporters of their teams. There's a match on in every community during the playing season. For those that like riding the waves, head to Santa Catarina; a favourite for snorkelling is Fernando de Noronha National Park. Chapada Diamantina National Park is known for its abseiling through spectacular scenery. Pantanal, the world's most extensive tropical wetlands, is a top place for birdwatchers between July and September.
Portuguese continues to be the most spoken language though most residents of Brazil can also speak English and Spanish. Enjoy Brazil, its welcoming communities, and have fun in the sun and within the shadows of the oldest jungle on Earth.
Brazil is a year-round destination, which means a bonus for travellers. Made up of many climatic extremes, none of which are severe enough to deter travel to any part of the country at any given time. The warmest months are November to March and the coldest May to September.
The north of Brazil remains mostly tropical, averaging anything from the mid-20s to low 30 degrees, as the country dips towards the southern reaches of the Atlantic Sea, day and night temperatures drop substantially. Best to pack a jacket and a few warm items for a visit to the south.