While in the Northern Hemisphere revelers shiver in the cold in the run up to the New Year, New Year’s Eve in Brazil—known as Reveillon by locals—is sizzling, as summer in the Southern Hemisphere is in full swing. They’ll be fireworks displays, samba dances and traditional celebrations kicking off in every corner of the country for the big night, but to help you decide where to go, here are some of Brazil’s biggest New Year’s Eve parties.
As the self-proclaimed ‘Capital of Ecotourism’, the small town of Bonito makes a great base for those seeking a nature-friendly adventure, located in the Mato Grosso do Sul state, on the cusp of Brazil’s scenic Pantanal region, the largest wetland area in the world. Outdoor activities in Bonito take advantage of the region’s diverse topography, with mighty rivers, thundering waterfalls and natural limestone caves forming a dramatic backdrop, encircled by the lush jungle of the Bodoquena mountain range.
Swaths of white sand beaches and rolling dunes stretch along Brazil’s northeastern coast and whether you want to hit the waves or sip caipirinhas, Natal makes an ideal base for beach holiday. The closest city beaches are the Praia do Meio and Praia dos Artistas, all of which are lined with bars, restaurants and parasols, or cross over the Forte-Redinha bridge to laidback Redinha. The most famous resort is the vast Ponta Negra beach, located 10km south of the city center and overlooked by the towering 120-meter high Morro do Careca sand dune – one of Natal’s main attractions.
From the sprawling favelas of Rio to the wild jungle of the Amazon rainforest, South America’s largest country is far too vast to tackle in just one week, but it’s still possible to get a taste of the highlights. Whether you book on a multi-day tour of Brazil, or plan a DIY trip, here are a few ideas for how to spend one week in Brazil.
Brazil is much touted for its multicultural makeup, evidenced most clearly in the renowned beauty of its people as well as in the uniqueness of its festivals and celebrations. While not exactly the most famous outside of the country, the Bumba Meu Boi festival combines the colorful, rhythmic cultural elements of African, indigenous, and European traditions in a boisterous, exhilarating folkloric bash.
Perched atop a picturesque promontory on the Northeast coast of Brazil, Salvador da Bahia serves as the perfect hub for day-long excursions throughout this naturally stunning, culture-rich region. From endless beaches and colonial-era architecture to adventure sports and conservation activities, myriad options await the adventurous traveler just a short hop away from the city.