The further south you travel, the more European are the influences, culminating in the Southern States, where Italian, German, and Polish settlers have left their mark.
Inland travelers will discover some of the world’s most remarkable natural wonders. Occupying one-third of the nation’s territory is the Amazon rainforest, and below it the Pantanal, a natural wildlife sanctuary.
In the south, the wildly beautiful Iguaçu Falls are considered by many to be the greatest natural attraction of Brazil.
In August and September 2016, Rio de Janeiro will be the focus of world attention as it becomes the first South American city to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games.Read more
The cooking of Bahia is a unique Afro-Brazilian cuisine that is delicious and satisfying. Some dishes can be very peppery or rather heavy, so it is worth experimenting.Read more
No celebration better reveals the Brazilian love of music, dance, and revelry than its massive Carnival festivities.Read more
Although the riches produced by mining disappeared, the art remained. Today, the best place to see it is Ouro Preto, the center of the late 17th-century gold rush which now holds Brazil’s purest collection of Baroque art and architecture.
The area known as “the Missions” lies due west of the Serra Gaúcha. Here, in the 17th century, with the authorization of the Portuguese and Spanish kings, Jesuit priests organized Guarani tribespeople into a series of settlements – Roland Joffé’s 1986 movie, The Mission, starring Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons, was based on this period, and the movie was filmed in the region.
80 Avenida Vieira Souto, Ipanema
Rio de Janeiro
tel: 21-3202 4000
Rio’s most fashionable boutique hotel since opening in 2007. Designed by Philippe Starck and Rogério Fasano, the hotel found itself hosting Madonna, Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Alicia Keys on the eve of Carnival 2010. The restaurant and bar are highly rated and there's an exclusive pool and spa.
1 Rua do Carmo, Pelourinho
tel: 71-3327 8400
Luxurious hotel in a restored 16th-century convent. One of the city’s best and most attractive.
297 Rua André Kotchkoff, Villa Capivari, Campos do Jordão
São Paulo State
tel: 12-3663 7341
A mansion transformed into a luxurious pousada. One of the best in Brazil and top choice for many in Campos do Jordão.
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