If there’s one place I’d love to be this June, it’s Brazil. In fact, ever since we studied Brasilia in geography at school I’ve wanted to go there, intrigued by the culture, landscape and people; I’ve always wanted to visit Rio de Janeiro and Savador, too. But the allure of the World Cup 2014 makes Brazil even more enticing as a destination. Not only is there all that fabulous Brazilian food, the glorious beaches and verdant countryside; but of course it’s also the home of a huge chunk of the Amazon rainforest, with its extraordinary wildlife.
My dream trip to Brazil would start in Rio, ideally for the Carnival although I’ve been told it’s a brilliant place to celebrate the New Year, as well; I would definitely want to climb Sugarloaf Mountain, hang out with the beautiful people on the ultra-cool beaches of Copcacabana and Ipanema, and stay in a luxury hotel. From there I’d probably head to São Paulo to see it’s stunning museums; then Salvador, for the beautifully preserved historic centre; and of course, the capital, Brasilia.
Finally, I would head to Manaus, to explore the Amazon rainforest: I would love to see the extraordinary wildlife, see all those amazing trees and experience the local culture. And of course along the way I’d be stuffing my face with Brazilian delicacies, including empanadas and feijoada (stew with beans and pork).
Of course Brazil is massive – the fifth biggest country in the world, in fact, so the best way to get around is going to be by plane, particularly if you can only stay for two weeks and want to get a lot done while you’re there. If you’re planning a trip to Brazil then Tam is the airline which goes to more destinations in Brazil than any other airline, so it’s definitely worth checking out their website and having a look at their offers because of course no one knows Brazil better than they do. It’s also a good idea to have a look at the Foreign Office website for tips about travelling around before you go and the Brazilian tourism site, particularly if you’re looking for hotels and tips about what to see and do.
And if you are lucky enough to be going to Brazil for the World Cup 2014, do share your photos on instagram and twitter to make us all jealous 😉