Brazil

A land of magnificent beaches, vast rain forests and music-fueled cities, Brazil bears an astounding variety of natural and cultural wonders. This is the world’s largest country in the tropics, and the only limit to a journey here is your imagination. Setting the stage are idyllic, unspoiled islands such as Ilha do Mel or Ilha Grande, pristine stretches of coastline fronting emerald seas, and jewel-box colonial towns like Ouro Prêto or Olinda. Then you have the cities: Brasilia, the futuristic inland capital; Salvador, historic and colorful pearl of the northeast; megalopolis-with-the-mostest São Paulo and - of course - Rio de Janeiro. Spectacular, sassy, simply unforgettable - you'll run out of superlatives trying to do this cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city) justice.

Is your head spinning yet? Brazil’s rich ecosystems make for some amazing journeys, too. You can go horseback-riding through the Pantanal near Campo Grande in search of monkeys and capybara, or whale-watching off the coast of Santa Catarina. There are unforgettable river trips up the Amazon from Manaus, descents into waterfall-cooled canyons, refreshing dips in forest streams and ascents up rocky cliff tops to breathtaking views. And so, so much more.