Brazil: the country everyone's talking about
Are you thinking of visiting Brazil? Here is our list of the spots you can't miss!
1. Delve into the Amazon
If there was ever a definitive list of places that you need to visit before you die, then the Amazon Rainforest has got to be up there jostling for the top spot. Effectively the lungs of 'Mother Earth', the Amazon combines half of the planet's tropical rainforests with the largest collection of animals and plant species in the world to create a once-in-a-lifetime trip for visitors.
2. Take a tour of the Maracana Stadium
When the football is not on, take a tour of the historic Maracana Stadium in Rio, renovated for both the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. As you enter this magnificent venue, in front of you lies the Maracana turf, where some of the greatest footballers of all time have stood. Looking out onto this pitch is akin to looking at a treasured piece of history.
3. Relax on the beach
Brazil has exceptional beaches and you'll be spoilt for choice. Take your pick from the white sands of Copacabana or the surf-friendly beaches of Joaquina and Saquarema. There is so much choice that we really cannot make up our minds where to go first but one thing we can decide on is that relaxing is definitely at the top of our agenda!
4. Take in the Christ the Redeemer statue
Being a largely Christian country, Brazil pays homage to this with the majestic Christ the Redeemer statue, which looks over the city of Rio de Janeiro from Corcovado mountain. Standing at a whopping 98 ft tall (30 m) - and that's not including the 26ft (8 m) pedestal - this statue of Jesus Christ is among one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. For some of the best views of this monument, make sure you head to Sugarloaf Mountain.
5. Witness Iguazu Falls
There are no better sights in the world than a gigantic waterfall in full flow. Sitting on the borders of Brazil and Argentina, Iguazu Falls was recently named as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, thanks in part to the magnificent 275 individual falls which make up Iguaza.
6. Head to the carnival
Love to party? Well carnivals are the perfect time to do just that, and if there is one thing they love in Brazil, it's a carnival! Taking place during February and March, carnival is a riot of bright colours, wild samba dancing and outrageous costumes. Don’t miss out!
7. Journey up Sugarloaf Mountain
Given its unique name after Portuguese sailors remarked how the mountain resembled lumps of sugar, Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio is a hub of activity. Watch rock climbers undertake one of the biggest urban climbing areas in the world or why not take a cable car all the way up to the summit and drink in the stunning views.