Want to witness the best colourful, lively and vibrant carnival of all time? Then Brazil is the exotic destination that needs to be on your bucket list. The largest country in South America and the fifth largest in the world has captivated and enthralled the minds and hearts of tourists globally due to its long stretches of white-sand beaches, luscious rainforests and big animated megalopolises with intimidating personality. Football fanatics will be more than familiar with this country because it is packed with incredible football teams and world-famous players.
Kick-start the trip by heading over to the country's hippest city - Rio de Janeiro. Renowned for its flamboyant annual carnival, this city is also famous for its natural wonders, dramatic landscapes and laid-back beach life. One of the major landmarks that need to be seen is the Christ the Redeemer - housed atop the 710 meter (2,330 feet) of Corcovado Peak, with its arms outstretched, overlooking the city. Some of the other notable highlights are spending some time at Copacabana which is home to one of the most famous beaches in the planet, trekking over the Sugarloaf Mountain, lazing around in Ipanema beach, strolling down the Botanical Garden and exploring the Tijuca National Park.
Be sure to spend some time at the luscious and dense Amazon Rainforest. The thick woods is home to about 2.5 million insect species, over 40,000 plant species, 2200 fish species and over 2,000 kinds of birds and mammals. One out of 5 of all the bird species in the planet live in the rainforests of the Amazon and one in 5 of the fish species in the globe swim in Amazonian rivers and streams. Be sure to head over to Atlantic Forest which has been designated as a World Biosphere Reserve as there is an enormous amount of endangered species housed there such as marmosets, lion tamarins and woolly spider monkeys.
When it comes to waterfalls, Brazil has an impressive amount of them that comes in all shapes and sizes. One of the most famous ones is Iguacu Falls, in eastern Parana, which is truly a spectacular sight to behold. The falls are sheltered and shielded by the UNESCO-listed Iguacu National Park, where sub-tropical rain forests are home to over 1,000 species of birds and mammals, including deer, otters, ocelots and capybaras. Literally created out of wilderness, Brasilia was a planned city in a bid to replace Rio de Janeiro as the country's capital in 1960. One needs to tour the city to catch a sneak peek of all the striking and eye-catching architectural highlights present there.
Spend some time wandering about the historic center in western Salvador, Bahia known as the Pelourinho or Pelo. It has been given the designation of a UNESCO Heritage Site for its exemplary collection of 17th-and-18th-century colonial buildings, the best and the most exquisite collection in South America. One of the most extravagant and opulent city's churches is Sao Francisco, designed in the early 1700s and packed with intricate carvings encased in gold. Drop by at Ouro Preto and stroll around the colonial buildings and structures housed there. Some of the most impressive ones are the 17th-century Baroque and Rococo churches of Sao Francisco de Assis and Matriz de Nossa Senhora do Pilar . Art & artefact enthusiasts would love to visit Sao Paulo for they hold some of the most exquisite collections of fine arts in Latin America. Be sure to visit the Museum of Art which is home to the continent's most elaborate collection of western art.
When it comes to shopping, Brazil caters to all. Be it sprawling shopping complexes or street-side traditional markets, shop-a-holics will have a gala time flitting from one shop to another. If you're keen on antiques, handicrafts and jewellery, then head over to Rio Salvador. Be sure to sip into the delicious fiery Caiprinha cocktail, widely available in any if the bars and pubs spruced around.
The stay options in Brazil are abundant with the best luxury hotels, swanky private apartments and cheap accommodations being available for tourists to decide which type to choose depending on their budget and tastes.
Brazil experiences five major climatic sub-types: Equatorial, tropical, semi-arid, highland tropical temperate and subtropical. The best time to visit the country would be from April to June and August to October as the temperatures are pleasant during that time of the year.