Image of Copacabana in Brazil

Brazil has a varied and magnificent landscape that includes mountains, deserts, jungles and famous beaches such as Copacabana.

Using a hire car means that it is easy to explore South America's largest country. Car hire in Brazil is available from any of its airports, including Rio de Janeiro or GaleeooAntonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG), Brasilia (BSB), Sao Paulo (Guarulhos International Airport   GRU), Belo Horizonte (CNF), Natal (NAT), Fortaleza (FOR), Macapa (MCP), Recife (REC), Salvador (SSA) and Tabatinga (TBT).

Brazil is a multicultural country, with a mix that includes people with Portuguese, African and Indian backgrounds. Salvador de Bahia was the capital of Brazil up until 1763 and today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The centre incorporates Renaissance and colonial influences and it was here that the first New World slave market opened in 1558. Brasilia, modern Brazil's capital city, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Brazil is an equatorial country, where weather varies from tropical to temperate. It contains deserts such as Lencois Maranhenses as well as 7000 km of beaches. The coastline of Brazil is rugged and beautiful and has almost 400 tropical islands dotted along it. Rio de Janeiro is home to legendary beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema. As well as quiet, laid-back beaches, there are also ones where you can enjoy beach volleyball, water sports and fishing.Image of Rio de Janeiro and Christ the Redeemer

Rio is the second-largest city in Brazil and is also known as 'cidade maravilhosa' or 'marvellous city'. It is home to the largest carnival in the world and the sound of samba can be heard throughout the city. The samba has its roots in Rio and remains one of the most popular cultural expressions for Brazilians.

Brazil loves its sport. Football is the most popular game in Brazil and Rio will be the host for the 2014 FIFA World Cup as well as the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Visitors can experience adrenaline sports such as rappelling down Iguassu Falls or bungee jumping from the AltaVila Tower in Belo Horizonte. For those who prefer more relaxing holidays, Brazil also has many luxury spas.

Overlooking Rio is Sugarloaf Mountain, which can be reached by cable car, or for the more adventurous by rock climbing. There are many other mountains across the Brazilian landscape, including Flag Peak (Pico de Bandeira) near Minas Gerais and Pico de Monte Negro. Anyone visiting Rio should also take the opportunity to visit the Statue of Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor), which is on the peak of Corcovado Mountain. This also offers unrivalled views across the city.

Containing one in ten of the world's known species, the majority of the Amazon rainforest is in Brazil. Brazil car hire allows visitors the opportunity to travel to the rainforest and take part in tours to experience this natural wonder. Car hire also ensures that travellers can easily move around this large country while enjoying its rich heritage and culture.

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