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Here's Why You Should Make 2017 the Year You Visit Brazil

Picture of Georganne Hassell
Updated: 23 February 2017
Brazil’s stunning natural beauty, diverse landscape, warm people and endless golden beaches mean every year is a good one to explore this enchanting country. But with the hangover of the Olympic games beginning to wear off, a cheap exchange rate and initiatives that are leading the way in sustainability, 2017 may just be the best year to explore South America’s largest nation. Here’s 7 reasons why this is the year to tick Brazil off your bucket list.

Rock in Rio

This epic music festival began in 1985, and has since expanded with locations in Las Vegas and in Lisbon, Portugal. In 2017, the festival returns to its roots in Rio de Janeiro with big name performers including Lady Gaga, Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, to name a few taking to centre stage. The festival is set for September 15-24 and tickets go on sale on April 6. If that wasn’t enough to sway you, an added bonus is that part of the proceeds from the festival are invested in social projects like education and ecological projects.

Rock in Rio / © Carlos Delgado / Wikimedia Commons
Rock in Rio / | © Carlos Delgado / Wikimedia Commons

Affordable Prices

There’s never a bad time to travel, but it helps when the finances work in your favour. Brazil’s current recession has made some travel ticket times more affordable than in years past. Both the US dollar and British Pound are going pretty strong against Brazil’s currency, the Real, as a bi-product of the country’s economic collapse in 2015. This is good news for tourists – meaning cheaper accommodation, fancy meals and ice-cold beers that would be a lot more pricy back home.

Brazilian currency / © Pixabay
Brazilian currency / | © Pixabay

The Olympic Games are Over

With last year’s turmoil in Brazil, from the president’s impeachment to the difficulties that come with hosting an Olympics, things have settled down somewhat in Brazil. Politically, the tensions are a bit calmer, with less protests and strikes happening throughout the country. Not only have hotel prices dropped as a result, but crime rates will also have gone down, creating a safer environment for tourists.

Rio 2016 Olympics Closing Ceremony / © Fernando Frazão / Wikimedia Commons
Rio 2016 Olympics Closing Ceremony / | © Fernando Frazão / Wikimedia Commons

Accommodation Options are Expanding

Big name booking sites such as hotels.com are finally catching up and offering one of the best things about staying in Brazil: posadas. These are smaller, usually independent lodging houses that are similar to bed and breakfast lodgings. For years, posadas weren’t on the online booking map but thanks to booking sites such as Airbnb, foreigners can now take advantage of cheaper accommodation offerings.

Brazilian Pousada / © Marinelson Almeida / Flickr
Brazilian Pousada / | © Marinelson Almeida / Flickr

The Perfect Escape from Western Politics

While we’re not suggesting Brazil’s political climate is any brighter than that across the pond, the county’s “joie de vie” approach to life offers a great refuge from the dark, bleak politics that seem to be dominating news headlines in 2017. The Brazilians love to live life to the full and often prioritise happiness over everything else. Throw in a healthy dose of Vitamin D and you’ll soon find yourself sipping on a caipirinha on the beach, forgetting about the tough times back home and just living in the moment.

Flights are cheaper

As a result of the economic crisis, political instability and the dreaded swathe of the Zica virus that hit the country − you’d be forgiven for thinking that 2016 may not have been Brazil’s year, so it couldn’t possibly be an attractive travel destination − right? Wrong. The latter end of 2016 saw the Brazilian tourism embassy tour the globe in order to promote the country as a great holiday option. The hook? International flights to Brazil are much cheaper than they once were, with a lot more family package deals to choose from.

Sustainable Tourism is on the Rise

It goes without saying that one of the most enchanting things about Brazil is easily the abundant natural beauty. The Brazilian government is taking measures to protect its natural resources by collaborating with tourism service providers to create more sustainable practices. Shining examples of eco-friendly projects include the Uakari Floating Lodge in the Amazon rainforest that employs biologists and local residents to serve as nature guides, as well as a local Cocoa Farm in Bahia, where visitors can work on the farm in exchange for free accommodation.

Serra dos Órgãos National Park in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil / © Carlos Perez Couto / Flickr
Serra dos Órgãos National Park in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil / | © Carlos Perez Couto / Flickr