Brazil is not only a big country, bordering every other South American nation bar two, it also has big personality. It's big on beaches and hosts more than half of the world's biggest rainforest: the Amazon. The talkative locals are passionate, whether it's about football, fitness, or recipes for the local cocktail: caipiranhas. Immerse yourself in their enthusiasm and you'll soon realize the impact that living in year-round temperatures of 30 degrees C (that's 85 degrees F) can have on your temperament.
Starting in the famous Rio de Janeiro, where the view from the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue is unforgettable and the city vibrates to the beat of the samba, the whole country is your proverbial oyster. From the dramatic network of the tumbling Iguazu Falls in the south, to the eastern beaches of colonial Salvador, there is a Brazilian landscape for everyone. If you'd rather fish for piranhas in a dug-out canoe than relax on the palm-lined beaches of Bahia, then the Amazon rainforest is calling. To hang out with the lusophones (Portuguese-speakers), you'll need to head where the locals go. Beach-wise that's Trancoso, an area of stunning national parks and protected coastline, where tourism is limited in order to reduce the cultural and environmental impact.