With a palpable exuberance and a plethora of attractions, Brazil has powder sands and rugged cliffs, coral reefs and crashing cascades, pulsating cities, primeval nature and picturesque gold-rush towns, and a tempo to match the samba rhythm.
By far the largest country in Latin America, Brazil forged its African/Portuguese/indigenous character over five centuries; and cloaks the 3.28 million square miles of its landmass with Amazon jungle, arid pampas, mountains, canyons, and coastal plains.Its capital city is Brasilia, a modern metropolis; its most populous city is São Paulo, a cultural and financial hub; and its most famous city is Rio de Janeiro, teaming fabled shores with ‘favela’ shanty towns and a flamboyant festival.
Revelling in its reputation for sports, surf, sightseeing, and samba, Rio is known as the ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’ (‘marvellous city’), and it has no problem living up to the name.
Two of the world’s most famous beaches are here. Up-scale, on-trend Ipanema is the place to see and be seen; Copacabana is for fun, football and volleyball, cold drinks from countless kiosks, and toes in the foam of its crescent bay. Two of the city’s stand-out landmarks are equally at variance. While visitors look up to the top of Mount Corcovado to focus on the Christ the Redeemer statue, the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain looks down for sweeping panoramic views of Rio and its coast.
Brazil’s untamed nature is nowhere more spectacular than at the thundering cascades of Iguassu Falls, forming the border with Argentina in an 80m drop over the Paraná Plateau edge, spanning a 1½ mile horseshoe bend, careering through the chasm, crashing over the cataracts, and creating a rainbow spray which soaks the subtropical rainforest habitat of jaguars and giant anteaters.
In the Rio de Janeiro region, the tropical climate is hot and humid in the rainy summer months of December to March, when temperatures can rise above 30°; relatively dry and cool in winter (May to September), averaging 26° in the daytime; and somewhere between the two in the shoulder months of April, October and November. Further south in the Parana province, around Iguassu Falls, summers are 5° hotter, winters are 5° cooler, and there is no dry season.
With a touch of adventure, a sense of excitement, and an up-tempo vibe in the city, Brazil can bewitch, beguile, and baffle its visitors. Jules Verne’s journeys give you time to take in its diversity, in the company of like-minded travellers, on a small-group tour.
With 45 years’ experience and a passion for creating extraordinary adventures, Jules Verne takes you to iconic landmarks and lesser-known sites, with expert tour guides who share their local knowledge, and show you hidden gems. During our stay in Rio de Janeiro, we visit the iconic attractions and pause to enjoy the spirit of the city with a Caipirinha cocktail, Brazil’s ‘national drink’.
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Grand Tour of South America
A tour of five countries, and a journey of a lifetime, this is a grand adventure, from Peru’s Pacific Ocean port, and Machu Picchu ruins, to Brazil’s South Atlantic beaches, via Bolivian Lake Titicaca, the capitals of Uruguay and Argentina, and the fantastic Iguassu Falls