Meet our beaches, the wonderful Iguassu Falls, the abundant nature of the South Pantanal and the culture of Bahia.
Rio de Janeiro, commonly referred to simply as Rio, is the capital city of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city of Brazil, and the third largest metropolitan area and agglomeration in South America, 6th largest in the Americas, and 26th in the world... . It’s the most visited city in the southern hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, carnival celebration, samba, Bossa Nova and less but not least its beaches. Rio is inhabited by a colorful mixture of European, African and native peoples. They are a friendly bunch and are always ready for a chat and a cold beer. Rio has a tropical climate with an average temperature of 26C.
Foz do Iguaçu makes up the border with Argentina and Paraguay, but its main attraction is without any doubt the majestic waterfalls. The Falls of Iguaçu are classified world heritage by Unesco since 1986 and are a must for the nature lover. They are the most impressive waterfalls in the world and also the biggest and are the result of the confluence of the rivers Parana and Iguacu. The water body plunges 65 m. deep, over a 4 km wide geological crack where it comes thundering down with an ear deafening sound into a natural amphitheater. Foz do Iguacu has a sub-tropical climate with temperatures that can plummet to -5C during the European summer and that can reach as high as 40C during the European winter.
The Pantanal, spread over more than 250,000 km2, borders Bolivia and Peru and is although not as well known and frequented as the Amazon yet it has a lot more visual wild life and a richer biodiversity. The gateway to the south Pantanal is Campo Grande, from there you still have a 200 km drive to the border of the “Brazilian Everglades”. The Pantanal has a humid climate and temperatures rarely drop below 25C.
Salvador de Bahia is the Afro-Brazilian heart of the country. Previously capital of the Portuguese colony of the New World, the city continues to be an open air museum where cultures from both continents mix in a never ending spectacle of color, dance and sound. Numerous churches and baroque buildings line the ancient and crowded streets.