Those who followed Luxury Latin America from the early days noticed that it took a while for us to really cover Brazil tourism and hotels in much detail. This is a very large country and it's a daunting process, so we started with the two main cities and branched out from there—as most foreign visitors do.
Until the World Cup and Olympics hosting came along, there was lower demand for Brazil information from luxury travelers. While Brazil is very popular with wealthy travelers within South America, it has not been so high on the list for North Americans and Europeans. Spotty flight coverage (getting better), crime problems (getting better), a high visa fee for Americans (now eliminated), and a lack of high–end hotel operators have all contributed to relatively low visitor numbers. Considering the country's wealth of attractions, it's a bit of a mystery that Brazil has waned on the international bucket lists.
Few will deny that Brazil has the best beaches in South America, as well as the best music. For jungle, nature, and Amazon adventure activities, there is plenty to occupy you for months. You'll have to bring along a Portuguese phrasebook or app instead of a Spanish one, but we'll try to guide you to the hotels and tour companies that will best enhance your stay in the land of Samba. We are finally reaching a point where Brazil luxury travel is not an oxymoron, with more than one high-end hotel with good service to choose from in each area. Now that the onerous visa fee is gone, we expect family travel to Brazil to pick up dramatically as well and for more international tour companies to return.
Check back regularly to see our recommendations on the best luxury resorts, city hotels, and tours around Brazil.