The fifth largest country in the world by both area and population, Brazil is noted for its vivacious multicultural cities and stupendous tropical and subtropical coastline. The country is also home to the Amazon River, the largest in the world in terms of water volume, and hosted the FIFA World Cup in 2014. With more than 4,000 airports and regular flights to and from hundreds of international destinations, it's never been easier to book flights to Brazil.Popular destinations in the country include Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, the magnificent holiday resort of Florianopolis, Iguazu, and the vibrant colonial city of Salvador in the northeast.
Rio de Janeiro
The first city in South America to be selected to host the Olympics, Rio de Janeiro's aesthetic image is enhanced by its spectacular natural scenery, with towering skyscrapers complemented by exotic forestry and prominent peaks In many ways, this city is a harmonious marriage of nature and urbanity that has captivated countless numbers of artists and musicians, hence its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of the most visited attractions in the city include the Sugarloaf Mountain viewpoint, the salient Christ the Redeemer Statue, and the world-famous sandy beach of Copacabana.
Despite its sprawling, staunchly modern skyline that almost seems to have no end, Sao Paulo is incredibly rich in historic and cultural attractions, as you would expect for Brazil's largest city. See the Museum of the Portuguese Language to learn about the evolution of Brazil's official language, then spend some time at the acclaimed Sao Paulo Museum of Art to observe a fantastic Brazilian, European, Asian and African art collection. Another sight you shouldn't exclude is the Sao Paulo Cathedral, a splendid Neo-Gothic landmark that was built between 1913 and 1967 and is 111 metres long.
On the border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, Iguazu Falls is certainly one of the great natural wonders of the world, with frequent direct flights from other South American destinations. This site comprises 275 waterfalls that occupy an area of almost three kilometres, varying in intensity depending on the season.
Visit Brasilia, the country's federal capital, and see its awe-inspiring modern landmarks such as the Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge, the Palácio do Planalto, and the enormous Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha (football stadium).
The Amazon Rainforest
Embark on a life-changing jungle tour and see a staggering variety of tropical wildlife, which includes around 1,300 types of bird and 3,000 fish species. You could also arrange a luxury cruise along the river itself, where you can sail past photogenic caboclo villages and indulge in some fishing.
Established in the mid-16th century, Salvador has been dubbed the national 'Capital of Happiness', and is revered for its carnival and extensive nightlife. Admire the picturesque 18th-century Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim on the scenic Itapagipe Peninsula, wander round the well-preserved historic centre, and enjoy some well-earned beach time at the Porto da Barra Beach in the Barra district.