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BUSTLING RIO DE JANEIRO

With world-famous shores, such as Copacabana and Ipanema, sunny beach days in

Rio de Janeiro are inevitable. Yet Brazil’s cultural metropolis offers so much more. Think

incredible views from the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugarloaf Mountain or

watching the Carnival rehearsals at Rio’s best samba schools. Visit the Atlantic Forest, the

world’s largest urban woodland, for unforgettable hiking and refreshing dips in waterfalls

before slipping back into the bustling city life for long nights of wining, dining and live

music. Soak in Rio’s cultural side by visiting its diverse museums and art galleries, enjoy

the cityscape views from up high by paragliding from the Pedra Bonita mountain and

finish the day at Arpoador to witness one of Rio’s most impressive sunsets.

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Extraordinary Experiences

AMAZING AMAZON

LANDSCAPE AT CHAPADA DIAMANTINA NATIONAL PARK

BLUE LAKE CAVE

AMAZING AMAZON

For an exotic experience like no other, head to the

north of Brazil to visit the Amazon where dense

rainforest, swollen rivers and incredible wildlife

make up one of the most complex ecosystems in the

world. Guided tours take you deep into the forest

to search for monkeys and birds in the tall canopies

followed by kayaking in the slow river currents with

the caimans and capybaras. Take a cruise along the

Amazon river where activities include daytime jungle

trekking, stepping into the lives of indigenous tribes

and keeping a lookout for the elusive river dolphin.

Evenings consist of onboard, open-air dinners of

freshly caught river fish to the din of the Amazon’s

creaks, chirps and calls in the background.

NATIONAL PARK: CHAPADA DIAMANTINA

Huge plateaus, deep canyons and waterfalls make up the

landscape of this vast national park found in the state of

Bahia. Countless trails lined with cacti and wild orchids wind

through the Chapada, offering wonderful days of hiking

or cycling among breath-taking nature coupled with far-

reaching views. Keep an eye out for the local wildlife; macaws,

anteaters, monkeys and jaguars call the national park their

home. Its most famous attractions are the Smoke Waterfall

where the cascade turns to mist before it reaches the bottom

of the canyon, and the Blue Pool and Enchanted Pool, two

caves with underground lakes. A subterranean river leaves

mineral deposits in the pools that give the transparent water

an electric blue hue, setting the scene for

a memorable swim.

ECOTOURISM ADVENTURES IN BONITO

Slip straight into the crystal-clear rivers of Bonito in Mato Grosso

do Sul and find yourself snorkelling among colourful freshwater

life that thrives in the fertile waters of Brazil’s ecotourism centre.

Take a tour of the São Miguel Cave, one of the oldest in the world

with rock formations dating back millions of years, or visit the

Blue Lake Cave, so-called for its bright blue lagoon inside. Get

your adrenaline kick by abseiling into the 72-metre deep Abismo

Anhumas, an underground cavern covered with stalactites and

stalagmites. At the base is a deep, transparent pool filled with

submerged, 20-metre high cones where you can take a boat ride,

dive or simply float on the water’s surface. For wildlife-spotting,

head to the Buraco das Araras, an immense sinkhole where

hundreds of wild red-and-green macaws breed and nest on the

depression’s rust-coloured walls.

Within Brazil’s vast land

mass is a diverse terrain of

mountain ranges, pristine

coastlines, sprawling jungles

and a fascinating culture, which

means there are activities to

indulge any whim. Here are our

top four recommendations for

adventurous travellers in Brazil.

Best

Brazil

By Sarah Brown

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