What is the perfect Brazilian Vacation Package? you may be wondering to yourself. You’ve heard about some of the amazing destinations and activities that Brazil has to offer, but you have to figure out how to cram it all in to your vacation time.
Everything that travelers usually want to pack into a vacation can be found in Brazil. From shopping in São Paulo, unique African-influenced gourmet experiences in Salvador, adventures around the Iguassu Falls, sunbathing on beautiful beaches, or taking a classic Amazon river cruise, Brazil has a unique experience for all types of travelers.
Plan Your Perfect Brazilian Vacation
Spend some time researching the highlights of Brazil, and then mix and match destinations so that you can get a sense of the diversity of Brazil. Remember, Brazil is a huge country (the size of the continental USA!), so make sure to factor in flight and bus times between destinations. For example, many people think that they can take a quick side trip to the Amazon Rainforest from Rio de Janeiro, but in fact, a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Manaus is the best option, and from Manaus, you may have to take a several hour boat ride to your Amazon jungle lodge.
Here are some of the exceptional destinations that should be at the top of your list for your perfect Brazilian vacation package:
Natural Highlights of Brazil
Brazil offers so much in the way of nature, that you absolutely must escape from the big cities and see some natural highlights. From the Amazon Rainforest, to the Pantanal wetlands, to the Iguassu Waterfalls, to the Chapada Diamantina region, to the beaches
along the Atlantic coast, Brazil has it all. Plus, the “Marvelous City” of Rio de Janeiro combines the busyness of city life with nature. Nestled between the mountains and the blue Atlantic ocean, Rio de Janeiro is simply gorgeous.
The Pantanal Wetlands
Ideally try to see the Pantanal
, a huge savannah-like floodplain near the border of Bolivia. That area floods once a year, and during that time, vegetation is scare and animals and birds are easy to spot. Observant eyes may see jaguars, capivaras (the biggest rodents in earth), caiman, and hundreds of species of birds, including hummingbirds, jabirus, herons, egrets, storks, and more. Stay in one of the rustic and relaxing lodges right in the middle of the Pantanal.
From there, head north into the Amazon Rainforest
. Stay at the Cristalino Lodge or a similar lodge in the southern region of the Amazon, which is easily accessible by a direct flight, rather than a round-a-bout flight to Brasilia and then Manaus. From the Cristalino Lodge, you can explore the smaller tributaries of the Amazon. Going on those smaller rivers gives you a fantastic insight into the jungle. You are always close to shore and can see a lot of animals, birds, flowers, and local communities.
The Beaches of Brazil
Now to the beach, the essential element of any perfect Brazilian Vacation Package. On the top of your list should be Ilha Grande. An island within the tropical Atlantic Rainforest just off the Rio de Janeiro coast. No cars, no big hotels, only small hidden beaches and charming pousadas, or bed & breakfast places, from the simple to the sophisticated. From Rio de Janeiro, you can reach it in 2 hours’ drive and 1 1/2 half hours cruise across the bay. Relax on the beach, choose to trek along the island’s coast, or just hop on a schooner and enjoy views of the island and the bay.
After all that, you’ll want to come back and explore more of Brazil. Consider combining a Brazil vacation package with a trip to one of the neighboring countries, such as Buenos Aires in Argentina
or the Inca ruins in Peru
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