Brazil is a mesmerising nation and luxury Brazil holidays provide a cultural melting pot of established traditions throughout a kaleidoscope of contrasting landscapes.
The largest country in South America, it is famed for the Amazon rainforest which include Iguaçu falls, vibrant colonial towns and the alluring city of Rio de Janeiro, with its swathes of fabulous beaches. People-watching at Copacabana Beach, with its volleyball players and copoeira dancers is a must, along with browsing the market stalls and shops of Ipanema.
Rio de Janeiro itself truly comes alive at night with its Latin flare being epitomised in jazz music and salsa dancing, especially during its famous annual Rio Carnival.
Time difference: Brazil has four time zones, however the majority of areas visited fall into one which is GMT -3 hours
Flight duration: 11 hours 40 minutes (direct)
Currency: Brazilian Real
Opened in 1923 and extensively refurbished, the BelmondCopacabanaPalace Hotel is a glamorous landmark in Rio de Janeiro and has considerable prestige within the country. Set overlooking CopacabanaBeach, the hotel is ideally positioned for exploring the city. Located inside the BrazilianIguaçuNational Park, the colonial-style Belmond Hotel das Cataratas offers lush flora and fauna and a spectacular location close to the legendary IguaçuFalls.
British Airways flies direct from London Heathrow to Rio de Janeiro.
Brazil's seasons are opposite to those in the UK, but can be visited year round as the majority of the country falls between the equator and the tropic of Capricorn, giving it a tropical climate. Peak season is between December and March.