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 vast Amazon rainforest and namesake river that winds through much of the country’s north. Then there are the many, 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 capoeira dancers is a must, along with browsing the market stalls and shops of Ipanema.
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 Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel is a glamorous landmark in Rio de Janeiro and has considerable prestige within the country. Set overlooking Copacabana Beach, the hotel is ideally positioned for exploring the city. Located inside the Brazilian Iguaçu National Park, the colonial-style Belmond Hotel das Cataratas offers lush flora and fauna and a spectacular location close to the legendary Iguaçu Falls.
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.