Brazil is world famous for its inviting beaches, beautiful landscape and instantly recognisable cultural sights. As Rio de Janeiro and the surrounding areas gear up for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the region is being rejuvenated, returning to the classically luxe city it is historically known to be. Gone are the times when a beach holiday and one too many cocktails are the main focus of places such as Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Paulos business and nightlife focus has been softened by a new injection of enthusiasm and culture ahead of the forthcoming football tournament.
Traveling to Brazil is a fantastic idea at any time of the year, and with any kind of company, so here are our recommendations of what to do, what to see and where to explore on your next trip to South America:
Business travel to, and within, Brazil is on the rise this decade, as more and more companies and professionals realise the potential of this exciting and flourishing country. Almost all luxury hotels and property rentals in Brazil – in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo especially – host conference facilities, meeting rooms, wireless internet and space to draw up those all important business plans. With a whole host of industry conferences and expos across the country all year round, theres no time like the present to take your business to Brazil. If you are looking to entertain colleagues or business partners whilst in South America, Sao Paulo is famous for being the corporate capital of the region, and there are a number of theatres, such as Instituto Cervantes which put on plays in Spanish, as well as other venues where performances are done in English, French or German, providing an opportunity to entertain colleagues from all over the world!
With your family
Brazils beaches, landscapes and colourful culture make it the perfect place to take your family for a well earned break this summer. As the Brazilian heat of carnival season gives way to cooler, more refreshing weather, spend your days relaxing on the beaches in Ipanema, Copacabana and Leblon, roaming the streets of Rio de Janeiro and soaking up the culture and arts of the area at the national museums and galleries. If your children are adventurous, a trek in Corcovados park could be the answer! The hike is difficult in places, and can take up to 2 hours, but it is very popular with families, and the views of Brazil you earn at the end of the walk make all the effort worthwhile! For an extra special experience – hike all the way up to Christ the Redeemer (with the help of a car ride for the final stretch) and take an unforgettable family portrait against a background of Brazil! With so many sights to see, new foods to discover and languages to learn, theres no chance of anyone getting bored on this family holiday!
With your other half
Whether this is your first holiday as a couple, or your all important honeymoon, a trip to Brazil has everything you need for a romantic getaway in the sun. From high-end hotels to the unrivaled privacy of your own penthouse or villa, youll find an array of luxury accommodation in Brazil to suit your needs, style and personality. Couples can lose themselves in Rio de Janeiros breathtaking scenery, be seduced by Sao Paulos towering cathedral or be stunned by Brasilias immense architecture, and then settle down for a caipirinha – or two! – under the stars like true Cariocas. Brazil is a popular honeymoon location with celebrities, actors and singers, as well as weddings on screen – Edward Cullen and Bella Swann famously tied the knot in the Twilight Saga in romantic Rio de Janeiro!
Emma Walsh-Knutson is the Marketing and Communications Director at WhereInRio Luxury Real Estate.