Ipanema Beach
Ipanema Beach © Mike Vondran

The gorgeous weather, perpetual party atmosphere and stunning natural wonders of the South American country combine to create the exuberant and passionate fabric of Brazilian culture. The long-lasting impression of visitors to the country, besides the unrivalled scenery, is of a carefree and colourful people, dancing and celebrating in street parades and carnivals.

Tourists descending on the country's exciting cities, such as hedonistic Rio de Janeiro, can enjoy five-star hotels, pristine beaches and a bustling nightlife. While most visit for the tropical glamour, some choose to go on tours of the impoverished favela townships, with meals and overnight stays becoming increasingly popular as tourists have begun to explore these (safer) neighbourhoods for an authentic Brazilian experience.

With booming mining, agricultural and manufacturing sectors, Brazil has the highest GDP in Latin America and is expected to be one of the world's dominant economies by the middle of the century. Brazil also caters well for business tourism and is a favoured destination for conventions, congresses and expos, particularly the city of São Paulo, which is the country's largest city and the business capital of Brazil.

Being so vast, Brazil is home to a variety of cultures and topographies: from the Amazon, Pantanal rainforests and secluded mountain towns of Minas Gerais to the urban jungle of São Paulo, and the world-famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. Every experience results in an exotic and exciting Latin American holiday destination where the common denominators are samba, sunshine and soccer.