As the biggest country in South America, Brazil is a particularly popular nation, home to one of the most famous cities in the world along with many other attractions, drawing tourists from across the world.
Many South America itineraries are focused around cruises to Brazil, with a range of ports offering direct access to some of the top country's top locations.
Whether you're interested in the vibrant cities or the wildlife of the jungles, or you simply want to unwind, you'll find plenty of cruises to Brazil well suited to your needs, including ships packed with lively entertainment features as well as those offering a more serene, luxurious package.
We have many great cruises to Brazil available with deals on some of the very best cruise ships. Here we've highlighted a selection of the must-see destinations across Brazil, including a range of interesting excursions and sightseeing opportunities.
Rio de Janeiro is undoubtedly one of the most popular cities in the world. It combines a truly lively atmosphere with some stunning natural sights to create a thrilling destination, home to the renowned Rio Carnival. Every year cruise ships plan itineraries to arrive in Rio during February or March depending on the start date of the carnival that year (the date precedes Lent), to allow travellers a chance to experience this amazing mix of parades, samba, music and more.
Beyond the carnival there are still many reasons to head to Rio. The city has some of the top beaches anywhere in the world, always popular with both locals and tourists. Spend a day on the city's white sands, relaxing in the sun. Alternatively tour the sights of the city, heading up to Sugar Loaf Mountain in a cable car or climing the Corcovado to see the Christ the Redeemer statue. Football fans will also want to pay a visit to the huge Macarana stadium and its museum.
Outside of Rio, Brazil is main natural attraction is arguably the Amazon River and its surrounding rainforests, and ports along the river are a good base for observing fascinating wildlife and natural views. If you're looking at cruises to Brazil and want to head to the Amazon River, you should definitely incorporate a visit to the Iguacu Falls, a truly breath taking set of waterfalls that create the perfect photo opportunity.
Manuas is a modern city in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, making it the ideal port from which to embark on a jungle excursion. Tours are available to see the amazing species in their natural habitats, while there's also a Military Zoo open to the public. In the city itself, you can visit the Teatro Amazonas Opera House and Museo do Indio, a museum dedicated to the history of the Rio Negro tribes.
There are other ports along the Amazon River at various points, which means you can enjoy a varied cruise along the Amazon, calling at Santarem, the third largest city in the Brazilian Amazon region, and Parintins, an isolated island town only accessible by ship or plane. The Amazon is an inspiring region well-worth a visiting on a cruise holiday to generate memories that will stay with you forever.
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