72 discover BREATHTAKING BRAZIL The birthplace of samba, carnaval and caipirinha is also home to lush rainforests, fantastic cities, tropical islands, and heavenly beaches. You’ll find colonial towns that will make you feel that you’ve stepped back in time, red-rock canyons that will make you feel that you’ve stepped onto another planet, and awe-inspiring waterfalls and jungles that will make you wish you could stay forever. Ask yourself what you want in your next holiday, and Brazil is guaranteed to have it to offer. Here is a taste of what you can expect on your Circle South America journey: RIO DE JANEIRO: Known as Cidade Maravilhosa, the Marvellous City, Rio is ringed by green mountains while the coast stretches for miles. You’ll love biking on the beach and hiking in Tijuca rainforest. RECIFE: Discover colonial Brazil as you step back in time along narrow, winding streets amid meticulously restored homes, churches and lovely plazas. Drive along the coast to Olinda, a hillside town deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and take in the beauty of the Golden Chapel. MANAUS: Considered as the gateway to the Amazon Rainforest, Manaus boasts incredible landmarks like the Rio Negro Palace, the Amazonas Opera House and the Meeting of the Waters. PARATI: Once a Portuguese colony, discover Parati’s multicolored colonial buildings and cobbled streets built in the 17th century during the height of the Brazilian gold rush. A HIDDEN gem SANTA MARTA, COLOMBIA Near the birthplace of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Santa Marta captivate with its serene shoreline and vivacious culture. A cidade mais antiga na Colômbia, tem muito charme colonial espanhol, incluindo uma das primeiras basílicas construídas na América Latina, a Catedral de Santa Marta. Explore the “Lost City,” believed to have been founded 650 years before Machu Picchu and enjoy a multicultural array of flavors from African and Caribbean to European and Latin.