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© Brazilian Tourist Board - Embratur UK
© Brazilian Tourist Board - Embratur UK
© Brazilian Tourist Board - Embratur UK
© Brazilian Tourist Board - Embratur UK
© Brazilian Tourist Board - Embratur UK
Capital City Brasilia
Flying Time 11.5hrs
Carbon Footprint 10.08 CO2
Timezone GMT -3
Currency Brazilian Real

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Overview

Few countries can match the natural diversity, exotic wildlife, varied landscapes and culture of Brazil. As a family holiday destination it’s perfect for those looking to give their kids a trip that is much more than just a visit to the beach, though with more than 6000 kilometres of coastline there's no shortage of those.

If you're willing to put up with the 11-and-a-half-hour flight – and the internal flights needed to explore this vast country further – Brazil will reward you with your first sighting of a hyacinth macaw in the wild or the sunset over the Amazon.

Things to do with kids in Brazil

Even when Olympics fever is over, don't miss ever-lively Rio de Janeiro, for the stunning beaches and the unlikely setting, which is best appreciated from the vantage points of Sugar Loaf Mountain or Corcovado.

Head for Iguassu Falls, one of the ‘must-see’ natural wonders of Brazil. The breathtaking effect of such a vast amount of water is compounded by the falls' setting amidst tropical rainforest.

With older kids, venture into the Amazon, but be aware that the distances involved are large and the best jungle lodges are some distance away from Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state. Boat tours are also well worth considering.

For the best animal-spotting, head to the lesser-known Pantanal wetlands with their more open landscape.  

Hit the beaches, of which there is a huge variety. For family holidays, the best spots are the beaches closest to Rio and Sao Paulo, because you don't need to make extra flights. Best among these are Buzios and the colonial town of Paraty. For those prepared to travel a little further, Bahia has the greatest choice of stunning palm-fringed beaches.

Eat

Brazil’s history of immigration and its range of exotic fruits make it a great place to eat with kids, who love the seemingly endless variety of tropical juices to try, the seafood in the beachside resorts and the good-quality cuisine in the cities. No family holiday is complete without sampling some of the treats beloved of Brazilians with their famed sweet tooth.

When to go to Brazil

Brazil’s size and proximity to the equator mean there’s rarely a time that's not good for a family holiday here. Even in the southern hemisphere, winter temperatures in Rio de Janeiro are pleasant (usually good enough for a visit to the beach).

Avoid peak times – New Year’s Eve and Carnival – if you're on a tighter budget.

How to get to Brazil

There are direct flights to Rio from London with British Airways, plus indirect flights via various European cities. Direct take about 11 hours 40 minutes and Brazil is GMT-3, so expect some jet-lag.

Cost

Costs will vary according to the scale of your family holiday in Brazil and the kind of accommodation you choose, but in general budget around £1,000pp for a two-week trip, above the cost of flights.

By Rhonda Carrier

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