From the vast Amazonian rainforest to the pulsating rhythm of its cities, this thrilling country does everything by extremes. Visitors can explore spectacular unspoiled nature or plunge into fast, multicultural urban life, each experience more colourful and diverse than the last. Discover the long coast’s virgin isles and isolated beaches where sea turtles come to lay their eggs, venture into the endlessly rich jungle of the Amazon basin, or drink up the lush greenness of the Pantanal. In Sao Paolo, South America’s largest city, cosmopolitan travellers can immerse themselves in the thriving artistic scene and thrillingly fast pace. For a more laid-back experience, charming Salvador de Bahia offers the superposition of African cultural on a backdrop of magnificent colonial architecture. Yet the most intoxicating of Brazilian destinations remains Rio, that cidade maravilhosa famed for its carnival, its beaches, and its beautiful people. This samba-dancing, futebol-playing city exceeds all expectations, as visitors are swept away by the local lust for life. Climb to the top of Pão de Açucar hill for a panoramic view of Cristo Redentor overlooking the city, then descend to Ipanema beach, where cariocas go to see and be seen. We offer a selection of charming avant garde and traditional hotels from which to explore the riches of Brazil.