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Brazil

Cheap flights to Brazil

The vast country of Brazil is the largest in South America. Tropical rainforests and urban jungles mark Brazil as one of the most diverse countries in the world, not only in terms of landscape but population. The largest community of Japanese people outside of Japan live in Sao Paulo while European, Indian, Middle Eastern and African immigrants have all made Brazil their home.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to Brazil’s lively, spirited city of Rio de Janeiro – the carnival capital of the world and the wildest party you’re ever likely to attend. The streets overflow with samba parades and colourful floats, steel bands and dazzling displays of carnival fashion. From almost every corner of the city music can be heard and people seen dancing until sunrise.

For those wanting to explore the spectacular scenery Brazil has to offer, a tropical jungle trek through Parque Nacional da Tijuca with its cascading waterfalls and luscious vegetation is an absolute must. If that sounds too energetic, Recife, Fortaleza and Natal in the northeast of Brazil boast some of the most beautiful beaches in the country – where soft white sands, aquamarine waters and endless sunshine lie in store. Anyone with a penchant for the beautiful game must visit the famous Maracana Stadium where many a footballer has come up against the mighty Brazilian team.

For unforgettable views across Rio de Janeiro, a cable car takes visitors to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain at the mouth of Guanabara Bay on the edge of the Atlantic. At the top of nearby Corcovado Mountain stands Brazil’s most famous sight; the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. With arms outstretched a staggering 28 meters, his gaze is forever watchful and protective over the city.

The mighty Amazon River and Rainforest belongs in part to Brazil, particularly the Amazonas capital of Manaus. Kayak its wild waters or see it from the air while hang-gliding over the sea of forest canopy. Walk the wide, palm-fringed boulevards of Belo Hotizonte with its eclectic mix of beautiful neoclassical, modernist and contemporary architecture; tour the historical churches in the ‘capital of happiness’ Salvador or the museums and magnificent street food of Sao Paulo; visit the city of Curitiba - ‘Land of the Pine Nut’, with its spectacular fountains, botanic gardens and ancient monuments; soak up the sun on famous Copacabana Beach in Rio and don’t forget Belem; dubbed the ‘city of mangoes’ where these mouth-watering fruits grown on almost every street.

The following information is correct as of August 2014 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.

Fly In

Brazil is served by three main airports; Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport which is 7 miles south of the capital Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro International Airport, 13 miles north of Rio and Sao Paulo/Guarulhos which is 16 miles northeast of Sao Paulo. All are served by the world’s major airlines and offer a range of transport to get visitors into the city.

What you need to know

Currency: The Brazilian Real (BRL)

Visas: UK passport holders travelling to Brazil for a maximum stay of 90 days do not require a visa to enter the country. Citizens of other countries may require a visa – for more information, contact your local embassy or check the Foreign Office website.

Laws: The legal age to drink and smoke in Brazil is 18 – although note that smoking is banned in all indoor public spaces.

Best Time to Visit

Located in the Southern Hemisphere, Brazil’s summer is from December to March while winter is from June to September, making it the perfect place to escape from a chilly British winter. With Carnival in February/March, this is peak season, meaning flights and accommodation will be at a premium. May to October is a much quieter period, and with temperatures in the upper 20 degrees, it is still a fantastic time for a beach holiday. October in Belem sees the arrival of the spectacular Círio de Nazaré festival on the Amazon. Natal, Brazil’s Christmas Festival, come a very close second to Rio’s Carnival. The end of the year can be a thrilling time to visit Brazil, particularly with the famous Reveillon Party held on Copacabana Beach to celebrate New Year’s Eve.  

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