Brazil or, more officially, the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and Latin America with a surface of 8.5 million sqkm. The world’s fifth-largest country by area and the sixth-most populous was inhabited by numerous tribal nations prior to the landing, in 1500, of explorer Pedro Álvares Cabral, who claimed the area for the Portuguese Empire and started a very rich history until its independence in 1822.

This country offers visitors unique and exciting opportunities to explore natural beauty unlike anywhere else in the world. Brazil is full of towering waterfalls, and is home to the infamous Amazon rainforest – recognized as having the greatest biological diversity of any place in the world – and the fascinating Pantanal – the cradle of an uncountable number of species of birds, fishes and reptiles. Brazil is the home of the carnivorous fish, Piranha, the Brazilian jaguar, the beautiful Toucan and hundreds of other species.

These are just a few examples of this incredible natural diversity, as there are numerous other ecosystems covering huge regions of Brazil, such as the Atlantic Rain Forest, the lesser known Caatinga semi-arid scrub forest, which is situated in the northeast of the country, the National Park of Fernando de Noronha, which protects an archipelago of 21 islands, and many more.

The jaguars and wildlife of Pantanal

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Capital city: Brasilia

Flight time from Europe: 11 hours 45 minutes (direct)

Time difference: GMT – 2 hours to GMT – 5 hours

Best time to go: May to November

Visas: not required for UK passport holders

Health requirements: Yellow fever certificate required. Cholera, malaria and dengue fever occur in some areas. Visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures.

Language: Portuguese

Currency: Brazilian real

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