What is it that makes Brazil one of the most appealing countries in South America? Could it be its long sandy beaches or its fame for being one of the liveliest countries in the world? Perhaps it is the fact that Brazil is a country with lots of cultural variety and natural beauty found within its tropical rain forests and crowed cities.

One city not to be missed is Rio de Janeiro, which is home to the samba and the most well-known carnival in the world. Some of the most famous monuments in Rio are Cristo Redenter (Christ the Redeemer) and Sugar Loaf Mountain. It also has enough museums to interest anyone, the most famous being the International Museum of Naïve Art and it is where you find one of the most talked about beaches in the world, Copacabana.

Another metropolis to visit is Sao Paulo, the largest city in the country with enough monuments, galleries and shops to please any tourist. Or why not discover Salvador de Bahia which is like stepping into Africa with its beats, rhythms and wild street parties which unveil something of Brazil’s history and cultural roots. Recife in the east is renowned as being the Venice of Brazil with its rivers and bridges and it is best visited during the Brazil Carnival. Lastly, Fortaleza is a great holiday resort attracting those in search of nightlife and beaches. Each city has something uniquely attractive to suit everyone’s idea of a holiday.

Nature lovers will have a ball in Brazil and should go and see Iguaçu Falls on the border between Argentina and Brazil, the Amazon River or the Natural Park, Parque Nacional de Brasília in the capital of Brazil, Brasília. You can even take a guided tour of the shanty towns in Brazil which are known as favelas.

Brazil is a wonderful country with something for everyone to enjoy. The best way to make the most of your stay is to plan your trip well.