Planning a family holiday to Brazil
Inspired by the Olympics to head to South
America for your next family trip? Here's what you need to know
Timing is everything
Brazil's low season is May to September and you'll find July to September ideal for visiting the Amazon or Pantanal. From April to October, the weather is cool in the south, but warm and dry in coastal regions. Easter week is extremely popular, so beware of price hikes and big crowds. Brazil's high-season is during our winter to early spring so - expect heat, carnivals, and higher prices.
Sao Paulo and Rio are the usual destinations from the UK, with flight prices usually ranging from £700 to £900. You can fly to other parts of the country from these cities.
Brazil really is huge - and you will find plenty to entertain the kids across the country. Rio de Janeiro alone boasts breathtaking beaches, rainforests and mountains - and then there are the delights of the city itself.
Impress the kids with butterfly and monkey-spotting on a jungle tour - or, if you're not feeling so adventurous, in the city's botanical gardens. In downtown Rio, the Centro Cultural Banco de Brazil hosts some of the nation's best music and theatre - including a programme of children's events on Saturdays.
Health and safety considerations
Travellers should be up-to-date with routine vaccinations. In addition, depending on your health records and travel plans, some doctors will recommend Hepatitis A and Tetanus vaccinations, and - in some cases - Rabies, TB, Typhoid and Yellow Fever. For tropical areas, antimalarials are recommended.
Zika, a mosquito-borne virus, was discovered in Brazil last year. Rio health officials have stated that it is not currently a concern; with cooler, dry weather in Rio in recent months, the incidence of Zika has decreased sharply. Nevertheless, pregnant woman are advised to avoid non-essential travel.
Most trips to Brazil are trouble-free, but the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises caution due to high levels of crime. See the FCO website for comprehensive health and safety advice.
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