Category: Brazil

Exploring the biodiversity of Latin America

September 9, 2021
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Amazon, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Latin America, Peru

In the broadest terms possible, biodiversity can be defined as ‘life on earth’ and over HALF of the word’s biodiversity can be found in Latin America. Across the borders, you will find some of the most species-rich biomes on the planet and it would be no exaggeration to say that the survival of these ecosystems are pivotal for earth’s survival. Below we look at some of the five most biodiverse countries in Latin America and what makes them so. Brazil Estimated to cover up to one-fifth of Earth’s total biological diversity, it is no surprise that Brazil is considered the most biodiverse country on the planet. Covering 60% of the Amazonian rainforest and supported by the Atlantic Forest, the inland swamp of the Pantanal and a literally uncountable amount of other terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, Brazil leads the way in terms of flora and fauna variety count and 700 new…

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Beaches of Latin America

March 18, 2021
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Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Latin America

Latin America has no shortage of exceptional beaches. From secluded tropical paradises with sweeping golden sand to some of the most world’s most iconic beaches such as the Copacabana. Here we list five of our must-visit beaches, although with coastlines stretching across the Atlantic & Pacific oceans plus the Caribbean Sea, there are so many fantastic beach holiday destinations across this diverse continent… Jericoacoara, Brazil Getting here isn’t easy, but a journey where part of the route needs to be navigated by dune buggies must surely prick up the ears of the more adventurous traveller. Those who do make it to this beach in the northeast of Brazil are well rewarded with some of the continents most spectacular natural diversity. ‘Jeri’, as it is affectionally known as by the friendly locals, is much more than just a picturesque beach town, it is a national park, a mangrove swamp, a vast…

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The Five Best Views in Latin America

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February 18, 2021
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Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Latin America

This post could also be called ‘the five must-see places in Latin America’ as they should be on every traveller’s wishlist not least because they offer up some of the most tremendous vistas in the region. Which of these stunning destinations will you be adding to your bucket list? The Atacama Desert – Chile The sheer size of the Atacama Desert, meteorologically the driest (hot) desert on earth, is astonishing. With miles and miles of salt flats extending in front of you, it’s not hard to believe that some areas of the Atacama have had no recorded instances of rainfall ever. If nothing else, this view will make you appreciate how vast the earth as a whole is – for some, it can be a life-changing experience. Christ the Redeemer – Brazil Arguably one of the most recognisable pieces of architecture in the world, the huge statue of Christ the…

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Focus on: The Amazon Rainforest

January 28, 2021
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Amazon, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru

Stretching over 2 million square miles, entering nine different countries and holding over half of the world’s rainforest, the Amazon is the largest and most biodiverse rainforest on the planet. Stretching from its mouth at the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Peruvian, Colombian and Bolivian borders, the area is best explored via a cruise along the length of the Amazon River. This is undoubtedly an unforgettable experience, and will surely be the highlight of your holiday to Brazil. The Area The main gateway to the Amazon is the bustling city of Manaus. This is an ideal base for your exploration of the surrounding area, and a great place to start your trip and/or cruise. While this city is an experience in itself, the real treat lies deeper into the rainforest – either join one of the many Amazon River Cruises available or stay in a fantastic Eco Lodge…

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5 Things to Do in Rio

December 2, 2020
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Brazil

Most holidays to Brazil begin and end in the country’s ‘marvellous city’ Rio de Janeiro. With a population of over 6 million and a unique topography spread across mountains, coastal beaches and hills – Rio can be challenging to navigate for first-timers. But, rest assured, most of our holidays to Brazil include a multi-day stop in the city, so we’ve put together a few things to do in Rio de Janeiro to help you make the most of your time in this vibrant city… 1. Visit Christ the Redeemer The Christ the Redeemer statue is a world-famous symbol of Rio de Janeiro. Overlooking the city from Corcovado Mountain’s 700-metre peak, this cultural icon has become a popular pilgrimage for almost two million visitors every year. How to get there: Most visitors choose to take the scenic tram up Corcovado; tickets can be purchased at the Corcovado tram station. Insider tip:…

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Wild Brazil: Wetlands of the Pantanal

October 15, 2020
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Brazil

The Pantanal in Brazil is the largest tropical wetlands in the world. Located right in the heart of South America it is home to an impressive variety of life, most notably the elusive and majestic jaguar, one of the main reasons to visit ‘Brazil’s best-kept secret’. As soon as you step foot in the Pantanal, it’s vast array of biodiversity is clear to see, spotting caiman, giant otters, iguana and capybara (a particular favourite!) just on a quick exploration of the surroundings. Over the next few days staying in the Pantanal, we enjoyed a variety of excursions, including a motorboat tour of the river, a night-time truck safari, a visit to Cuiabá Mirim (a riverside community) and horse riding. After our wildlife spotting, we were lucky enough to see some birds including heron, stork and great egrets. It really is natures paradise here. The Pantanal is often overshadowed by its…

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Let Brazil come to you

May 6, 2020
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Brazil

Although we are unable to travel at the moment, it’s still possible to discover the joys of Latin America – from the comfort of your home! Each week we are giving you inspiration from a different destination in Latin America, sharing movies, music, books and recipes to pique your interest, and this weeks destination is the largest, and undoubtedly the most rhythmic, country in Latin America – Brazil. From vibrant and pulsating metropolises to wild rainforests, thundering waterfalls and tropical palm-fringed beaches, this is a country with so much to offer. Travel to Brazil with our favourite inspiring read, film, food and music below.  Watch: Casa Grande (2014) Brazil’s film industry has produced a number of successful films over the years, and one of our favourite picks is Casa Grande, from 2014. This film by Felipe Barbosa is set in iconic Rio de Janeiro and is a coming-of-age tale about a privileged high-school student who is…

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Charlie’s top 5 things to do in Fortaleza

November 30, 2018
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Brazil

Charlie Mason shares his experiences from the beautiful beachside city of Fortaleza, in North East Brazil. Fortaleza is the capital of the state Ceara, located in the northeast of Brazil. Known as the land of the sun (Terra do sol in Portuguese), it offers year-round sunshine for those looking to explore one of Brazils largest cities. Whether you are looking to enjoy a vibrant beachside city or looking to get away from the hustle and bustle and relax by a beautiful beach, Fortaleza has it all to offer, with a lot fewer international tourists than other large cities such as Rio and Sao Paulo. Another great thing about Fortaleza is how accessible it is due to regular International flights direct from Europe, making it a great place to begin or end your Brazilian adventure. Relax in Praia do Futuro Fortaleza may be one of the largest cities in Brazil, however…

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Helen and Lydia’s Amazon Adventure at Juma Lodge

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Amazon, Brazil

After more than 14 hours of flying to Manaus, we had finally reached the heart of the Amazon! However, our journey had just begun, as Lydia and I were met at the airport for our 30-minute transfer to the port, then we swapped to travel by boat to cross the famous ‘Meeting of the Waters’; the stunning natural phenomenon where the waters which make up the Amazon river meet. After another road transfer, we boarded our final mode of transport to reach Juma Lodge – an incredible hour-long boat journey which sped through flooded canopies, then wide expanses of the Amazon where we could hardly make out the other bank of the river! We arrived at Juma, a remote and idyllic lodge set on stilts and made up of walkways and individual bungalows. Friendly monkeys roam along the walkways, while caimans sunbathe in the river beneath your feet and iguanas…

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Chile is pure wonderment in a myriad of ways

December 27, 2017
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All News, Brazil, Chile, News

I had been living in Rio for just about 6 months when I landed in Santiago and it was like a breath of fresh air. Having become accustomed to a very Brazilian way of life where there was noise and bronzing bodies everywhere I turned, Chile’s capital is by comparison calming and modern with wide open streets and the easy atmosphere of a place that is entirely comfortable in its own skin. With a cosmopolitan make up, I had amazing Asian food and just spent a few days wandering around the old colonial squares and travelling up the funicular to the top of San Cristobal hill to catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Andes in the distance.     After a few days of finding my Chilean feet I jumped on a bus to Valparaiso, a beaten-up port town about an hour and a half away. Rough around the edges,…

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