Living in Miami Beach, flights to South America can be very inexpensive if you plan accordingly. Brazil can be the rare exception. We opted to go off-season, just after Carnival ended to get the most bang for our buck. I hope to one day make it back for Carnival. Inter-city flights are also a must. The country is deceptively large and flying takes a lot of the inconvenience out of traveling by land. I highly recommend it.
Using points on American Airlines, we were able to upgrade (remember to sign up for every Frequent Flyer program you can). We used TAM Airlines for all our inter-city flights. They have a TAM Brazil Airpass that allows you to make multiple stops at a discounted rate. Just make sure it actually is a good deal. In our case we were able to book 4 one-way flights for less than $550.
Brazil is a country of extremely expensive hotels. Just because your budget might not afford you to stay there doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy all the perks of a hotel guest! In Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo we stayed in Airbnbs in great, walkable neighborhoods (Ipanema and Jardins, respectively) and in Brasilia we stayed at the Royal Tulip Brasilia Alvorada resort, right near the official residence of the President of Brazil. Hotel culture is a must in Brazil and below are the hotels I would recommend to eat, drink, spa, pool and enjoy! In Rio: Arena Copacabana, Fasano Rio de Janeiro, Hotel Santa Teresa, Copacabana Palace. In Brasilia: Royal Tulip Brasilia Alvorada. In São Paulo: Hotel Unique, Emiliano, Fasano.
Around 60 percent of the Amazon’s rain forests are located in Brazil. In total, about 25 percent of the entire world’s rainforests are located in Brazil. Experts estimate that there are four million different species of wildlife. Brazil has the highest number of species for all mammals, plants and fresh water fish.