Tourists come to Brazil from around the globe for business, to party during Carnival, relax on the beach or visit a rainforest. And this year, there's another reason to vacation in the country: the Rio 2016 Olympics from August 5 to August 21. Thirty-seven venues throughout Rio de Janeiro will host the games, which include wrestling, rugby, basketball and more.
In addition to this major event, the Portuguese-speaking South American nation offers many other attractions for travelers of all types. With its rich history and diverse culture, plush landscapes and bustling cities, Brazil delivers excitement at every turn. So sip a caipirinha, catch a soccer match and immerse yourself in the vibrant Brazilian lifestyle.
RIO DE JANEIRO
The Summer Olympics are happening in Rio de Janeiro this year. If you're attending, take a look at GAYOT's picks of the best places to book a room. This selection of the Top 10 Hotels for the Summer Olympics 2016 keeps you close to the four sports venues where the games will be held, and offer comfortable lodgings.
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The Cariocas — those fortunate enough to live in what they call the Marvelous City — may have it all. It's one of the world's most dramatic settings, sprawled between bay, jungle-covered mountains and fabulous beaches, with fine weather, music, food and drinks to go with it all.
Get the lowdown on all the best places to stay, eat, shop and see in this city that the locals call "Sampaul." With 20 million denizens, São Paulo — one of the largest cities in the world next to Tokyo and Mexico City — illustrates Brazil’s gigantism. This guide well help you navigate this behemoth of a city, helping you to discover all it has to offer.
Escape with your lover to this hideaway in the northern coast of Brazil. Book one of Kenoa Exclusive Beach Spa & Resort's villas, and enjoy luxuries such as bathrooms with interior gardens, private infinity-edge pools and more. Make sure you and your significant other book a service at kenoa spa, a wellness sanctuary where all five senses are pampered.
Kurotel in Gramado, Brazil, specializes in preventative medicine and has long been considered one of the world’s best weight loss destinations. Guests are drawn to this medical center and spa for a variety of reasons: medical assessments, detox from addiction, weight loss, sleep enhancement, relaxation and recovery.
Spas in Brazil
The sprawling expanse of South America may be overwhelming for the serenity-seeking traveler. To simplify your search, Gayot has selected its best spa destinations. Embark on a detoxifying adventure or simply luxuriate in one of the many signature therapies designed to harmonize your inner and outer selves. Check out the top spas in Brazil and be on your way to a soothing South American vacation.
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by André Gayot
Can we keep unturned "the last unwritten page of Genesis," as Portuguese historian Euclides da Cunha dubbed the great Amazon River basin? More than 100,000 plants flourish in what's left of this paradise, with 30,000 varieties of flowers and 25,000 types of trees hosting two million species of insects. There are more families of fish here (2,400 of them) than in the Atlantic Ocean. Above it, fly 4,000 species of butterflies and 1,170 types of birds. With its 4,200 miles, the Amazon is the longest and largest river on earth. It drains slightly less than half of South America, carrying 2,829 millions of liquid per second. With its 1,100 tributaries, 50,000 miles of waterways are navigable. Read more...
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