Brazil Holidays Overview

Our tailor-made Brazil holidays capture everything from charming colonial towns to modern cities rich in culture, spectacular scenery including Iguazu falls, undoubtedly the world’s most beautiful waterfalls, plus wetlands the size of France. Swathed in Amazon jungle and with a 7000km coastline dotted with tropical islands, Brazil is known for its wildlife and pristine beaches but there is also so much more to discover with our Brazil holidays.  Whether you dance your way through the streets during the Rio Carnival or lie in a hammock at a jungle lodge listening to the sounds of nature, allow yourself to be absorbed by Brazil’s unique rhythm of life.

Brazil Highlights

Rio de Janeiro, particularly alive during Carnival but dazzling year round. Natural wonders of Iguazu falls, huge beaches and the Amazon. World class wildlife spotting in the Pantanal and Amazon.

Insider Tips

  • Given the sheer size of Brazil it is best to focus on one or two areas and do them well rather than try to cram too much in
  • See another side of Rio by taking a day hike with an expert guide in the surrounding forested hills
  • Don’t ever get changed on the beach if you want to be within a chance of looking vaguely cool. This is not done in Brazil!

Combines with

Peru – You can fly directly from Iguazu to Lima and enjoy our most popular trip to Machu Picchu, Iguazu Falls and Rio de Janeiro

Argentina – it is easy to cross the border at Iguazu and continue to Buenos Aires and beyond

Essential Information

  • Time zone   - UTC -2
  • Currency   - Real
  • Capital   - Rio de Janeiro
  • International Airports   - Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo

When to Visit

  • Jan  
  • Feb  
  • Mar  
  • Apr  
  • May  
  • Jun  
  • Jul  
  • Aug  
  • Sept  
  • Oct  
  • Nov  
  • Dec  

Brazil Holidays Facts

When to Go

Brazil is such a massive country that it might be the best time to visit one region and the worst to visit another so it depends on your itinerary.

The best time to visit is between April – June and August – October. It is very hot mid – Dec until the end of February from Rio northwards. It is wet season in the Amazon from January – June so you can get around by boat or the dry season, although hot is a better time to spot wildlife. The Pantanal is best to visit from April – October as there are lots of mosquitos in the wet season.




The local currency is the real R$. The US dollar (US$) is also accepted in some places (notes only). Avoid notes larger than $20 and old, marked or damaged bills.


You should visit your family doctor and check that you are up to date with your immunisations for typhoid, diphtheria, polio and hepatitis A.

Yellow fever immunisation and prophylaxis against malaria are sometimes recommended for risk regions. Check with your family doctor or local travel clinic.


Visa and entry requirements are subject to change and you should check with your consulate for the latest rules before you travel.

Make sure you have 6 months validity left on your passport before traveling to Brazil.

UK, citizens do not currently require a visa to enter Brazil. CAN, AUS, NZ & USA citizens do require a visa and this must be organised well in advance of your trip.

Time Difference

Brazil has 4 time zones. Brazilian standard time is GMT – 3 hours. Amazon is GMT – 4. The State of Acre is GMT – 5 hours. Fernando de Noronha archipelago is GMT – 2 hours.

Getting There

It takes around 11 hours to get to Rio. You can fly direct from London to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. There are indirect flights via Europe to other cities in Brazil.

Brazil Holidays Holiday Ideas

Browse our ideas for tailor-made Brazil holidays. Pick a standard itinerary or tell us about your likes, dislikes and must-dos and we will create your perfect trip. We don’t do set group departure dates, all of our trips can start on whichever date suits you best.

From $2349 pp

Immerse yourself in Brazil’s natural world on this Pantanal and Amazon Holiday.

From $2935 pp

A stunning trip taking in 3 World wonders – Machu Picchu and Iguazu falls, and Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.

From $5940 pp

An in depth trip exploring 3 World wonders – Machu Picchu, Iguazu falls, and Christ the Redeemer. Stay in gorgeous luxury and deluxe hotels and take your time to take it all in.

rio de janeiro holidays feature
From $2300 pp

This exciting trip encapsulates the vibrancy and diversity of Brazil’s people and culture.

Brazil Holidays Hotels

Prices start based on 3 star hotels. Browse our collection for more options and upgrade ideas.

Hotel San Martin Foz do Iguazu

Well located modern hotel with great amenities including a pool. A great base from which to explore Iguazu falls

Cristalino Lodge Alta Floresta
Porto da Lua Praia do Forte
hotel-amazon-juma-lodge-accommodation (2)
Juma Lodge Amazon

This small jungle lodge, located on the banks of Juma Lake (100 kilometres south of Manaus), is extremely well integrated into its jungle environment.

Araras Ecolodge Pantanal

This lodge is located on the Transpantaneira, an unpaved road that crosses the national park.

Anavilhanas Amazon

This alluring riverside lodge offers a unique opportunity to explore this vast protected area in comfort and style.


The highlights of this lodge are the setting – in dense primary forest – and the lodge’s private monkey jungle.

Das Cataratas Iguazu Falls

Part of the Belmond group of hotels, a stunning property in an unbeatable location

Rafain Centro Iguazu Falls

This hotel is located in Foz do Iguaçu only three blocks from shops and restaurants, and close to Iguaçu Falls.

Sheraton Grand Rio Rio de Janeiro

The city’s only beachfront resort with an extensive recreation area.

Copacabana Palace Rio de Janeiro

The sheer opulence and magnificent views of this iconic luxury hotel originally put Copacabana on the world map!

Fasano Rio de Janeiro

This Philippe Starck-designed hotel is in keeping the fashionable neighbourhood of Ipanema.

Santa Teresa Rio de Janeiro

An award-winning boutique hotel located in the pretty neighborhood of Santa Teresa, considered to be Rio’s cultural hub.

Mama Ruisa Rio de Janeiro

This stylish boutique hotel, in a beautiful mansion is located in the popular Santa Teresa neighbourhood.

Porto Bay Rio de Janeiro

The rooftop pool and sundeck of this highly-rated hotel on Copacabana Beach offer magnificent views of Rio.

Ipanema Plaza Rio de Janeiro

Located half a block back from Ipanema Beach, in a cosy street with many shops and restaurants.

Copa Sul Rio de Janeiro

Located in Brazil’s most famous district, Copacabana and just one block from Copacabana beach.



Let us create your perfect version of this trip.

Call us on 1-855-6421-611 or contact us online.

Recent Review

This really was the holiday of a lifetime and thanks to expedition leader Hannah and her fantastic team was  it was a magical experience. The scenery and wildlife were breathtaking and  the history of polar exportation, and my hero Sir Ernest Shackleton in particular was vividly, brought to life. To be able to follow his journey and pay my respects to him at his graveside in South Georgia was very emotional and something I will never forget.

Lorraine traveled on Hebridean Sky. Find out more here.

lorraine kelly antarctica
Lorraine Kelly Antarctica, , Antarctica, South Georgia and Falkland Islands March 2017

Speak to an expert

Call us now for some inspiration about your next trip.

0117 214 0247

+44 117 214 0247

Meet us in person

If you live in or near Bristol we would love to meet you and talk about your travel plans over a coffee

Aardman Building
Gas Ferry Road

Office opening hours 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Make an enquiry

Tell us about your plans and we will get started

Make an enquiry