No other country has Brazil's vibrancy. There's so much life in the landscape, and that feeds through into the passionate Brazilians, who infect the architecture, art and way of living with their energy. This is South America's largest and most varied country, with tropical rainforests, white sandy beaches, beautifully dilapidating colonial towns, mega cities with their sprawling favelas, the Amazon river and a rich wealth of wildlife. And of course this life and variety feeds through into the best places to stay in Brazil, which reflect the joie de vivre of the country.
There are many ways to experience Brazil. On many budgets. You might find yourself being whipped into a frenzy during Rio de Janeiro's Carnival, trying out the bossa nova cafés of Santa Teresa, hiking up to meet Cristo Redentor for one of the world's most spectacular views, or sunning yourself with the beautiful Brazilians on the caipirinha-soaked beaches of Ipanema and Copacobana.
Of you might find yourself shopping for fashion in São Paulo, a global city of epic proportions and Brazil’s cultural capital. With 20 million inhabitants, some rich, some very poor and lots of foreigners, São Paulo has a landscape to match this cultural diversity. As well as culture and shopping, São Paulo is also known for its nightlife.
You might also find yourself hiding out on the banks of the Amazon and going on rainforest safaris. Or in amongst the reserves and luscious green valleys of Minas Gerais - also great for those interested in Brazil's colonial past. Or Perhaps you'd like to explore somewhere really remote? Like Fernando de Noronha, an archipelago of 21 islands, for the quintessential tropical paradise.
If you want to come to Brazil for a beach break, try Bahia, with its sunshine, white sandy beaches, coconut palms and bright blue water. Salvador de Bahia was Brazil's first capital, and the ancient mix of cultures - coming from Europe, Africa and the Americas - which gathered here still shows. Or consider Paraty, a gem hidden just west of Rio. A colonial town surrounded by untouched beaches, jungle and natural parks, this is a great place for snorkelling, fishing and just relaxing. Or Búzios, that stunning hippy favourite east of Rio turned luxurious topical hideaway.
Rio de Janeiro (Santa Teresa)
A cheerful hotel in Rio's Bohemian Quarter, Santa Teresa. Large colourful rooms, suites, and triples, with sea views. Lovely breakfast terrace and garden. Excellent value, idea for families on a budget.
Rio de Janeiro (136 Rio de Janeiro-RJ (Santa Teresa))
Inexpensive, super-friendly B&B in a cool boho neighbourhood. Clean and simple white washed rooms with splashes of colour - most with two double beds. Multiple gardens, open-air areas, pool and sun deck have wonderful views and are perfect to chill out in. A great choie for groups of friends.
A rustic hotel in the town of Lincois. Charming colourful rooms and suites have stone floors, wooden beams, and splashes of art. Lovely gardens, large pool, and lots of nooks and crannies to explore. Ideal for families and those on a budget.
A tropical guesthouse with rustic rooms, direct beach access, and rock bottom prices. A completely unspoilt paradise for barefoot luxury and an eco experience. Excellent restaurant and massage therapies.
São Paulo (Toque Toque Grande)
A contemporary chic collection of suites above the bay of São Sebastião. Stunning views, hammocks on private decks, lots of natural light and all the mod cons. Excellent seafood restaurant and verandah, gym, pool, and private hot tubs in some rooms. Ideal for total relaxation and beach life.
São Paulo (Cerqueira César)
A Five Star boutique with flair. Luxury rooms and suites in minimal design with all the mod cons. Fantastic French restaurant, Banyan Tree spa, gorgeous roof top terrace and pool. A hotel with the wow factor. Family friendly, romantic, and gourmet.
Rio de Janeiro, Paraty
An adorable boutique guesthouse in historic Paraty. Just three suites have white washed walls and private patios. Fantastic breakfasts and access to all the beaches, waterfalls, and rainforest activities around. Ideal for families, excellent value, lots to do.
Sao Paulo, Paraty
A glorious 1850s farmhouse in a beautiful valley setting. The perfect place for total relaxation, fresh air, organic produce, log fires, and countryside. Chic rooms and suites all in white with cerulean blue shutters. Fantastic food, full board. 10 rooms and 2 small villas sleep 4 each.
Rio de Janeiro, Buzios
A cheap and chic guesthouse on the Buzios peninsula. Perfect sea views over the bay, rustic chic rooms, lovely garden, terraces and pool. An ideal spot for an active beach holiday in a lovely town.
Rio de Janeiro, Buzios
A stunning boutique to the East of Rio, just outside Buzios with 26 beaches to choose from. Romantic rooms, suites, and 2-bedroom apartments have white washed walls, attractive paintings, and private balconies, some with private pools. Fabulous seafood restaurant, large pool, and sprawling terraces.
Brazil, Santa Catarina
A beautiful beach resort. Eco condo-style villas have floor to ceiling glass with beach views, private hot tubs, all the mod cons and kitchens. An ideal spot for families, surfers, or those who like nature.
Utterly dreamy beach paradise. Enormous luxury cabanas with private pools, hot tubs, balconies, all the mod cons. Excellent spa, health club, fantastic restaurant, private beach, and attentive service. Ideal for honeymoons and romantic breaks.
A charming colonial house turned boutique inn in a village with cobbled streets. Old world rooms and suites have four poster beds and lots of space. Lovely gardens and pool, walking distance to restaurants, and lots of wildlife to view. Bags of character with lots of exploring to do.
A stunning lodge in the Natural Park with boutique rooms, an Ayurvedic spa, glorious surroundings, and lots of wildlife to view. Fantastic food, all included, and sumptuous suites in traditional style. A few separate houses perfect for groups or families. Horses to explore the area. Fab!