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.