Gap Years and Backpacking in Brazil

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Backpacking in Brazil is growing in popularity, and rightly so. This South American country is a cultural, economic and wildlife powerhouse, and an amazing place to either base or kick-off your gap year.

Brazil is famous for samba, beaches, football and bikinis; sometimes combined. It’s a humid, exotic and sexy country, full of colour, flavour and adventure. Rio de Janeiro is a great place to start. You can check out Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain, the Copacabana, favelas and see one of Rio’s local teams at the iconic Maracanã stadium.

Outside the cities Brazil has the Amazon, packed full of indigenous tribes and incredible wildlife. Brazilian food is simple but tasty; sample a rodizio grill for a carnivorous fix, or try some traditional feijoada - a sort of meat and beans stew. Be sure to wash it all down with a local beer like Skol or Brahma.

What more do you want? Get started planning your gap year in Brazil.


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Hannah Simmons

Hannah is our country expert for Brazil. She could be our country expert for quite a few countries (she's been to 50!) but she really likes Brazil...

Hannah's travelled throughout Central and South America. When we asked her to write a guide, she said "I want to write a guide on Brazil", which is exactly what she did, and it's a brilliant guide at that. If you have any questions about Brazil or South America then make sure you ask Hannah...