Honeymoon Secrets: Brazil, part 2

Honeymoon Secrets: Brazil, part 2

Hidden beaches, carnival and national parks...Tempted by a honeymoon in Brazil? Simon from Bespoke Brazil shares part 2 of his Honeymoon Secrets

Honeymoon Secret #1

Explore the amazing national parks

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Shh... Brazil isn't all about beaches! If you're in search of a more active honeymoon, there are some amazing national parks to explore. Chapada Diamantina is one of the country's best.

Tell me more... Chapada Diamentina National Park is an hour's flight west of Salvador, and has some spectacular scenery, jaw dropping waterfalls and great trekking. An essential part of a trip here is to climb to the top of Pai Ignacio rock to see the sunset, a perfect place to take a picnic and a bottle of champagne.

Honeymoon Secret #2

Take part in Rio Carnival

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Shh... Visiting Rio during carnival is an amazing experience but for a real experience that'll get your feet moving and your heart racing, take part in the event itself.

Tell me more... Every year the large samba schools allow non-members to take part in the giant Sambadrome parades which are the centre piece of Rio Carnival. Don't miss out, this is a once in a lifetime 'bucket list' experience! You'll be dancing non-stop to a frenetic samba beat in front of 80,000 passionate fans, all cheering you on and singing their hearts out. It'll make you hot and sweaty and your feet will hurt but for me, it was the best thing I've ever done.

Honeymoon Secret #3

Escape to Alagoas

Alagoas 6x4 Shh… The small state of Alagoas is located roughly half way between Recife and Salvador and has some of the best beaches in the country.

Tell me more… The great thing about Alagoas is that it's pretty unknown outside of Brazil, meaning the country's best beaches remain relatively untouched. To get there, take a flight to Maceio, followed by a short transfer to the beautiful town of Barra de Sao Miguel and find your own slice of heaven.

Honeymoon Secret #4

Dine out at South America's best restaurant

Flickr _Disl Ock _Gregoire FossemalleShh… Food is one of the top reasons to visit Sao Paulo, which is home to one of the world's best restaurants.

Tell me more… D.O.M. was recently listed as the 4th best restaurant in the world, and the best in South America, so it's a must for any foodie couples visiting Brazil. Chef Alex Atala combines Brazilian and international flavours (including some obscure Amazon rainforest finds!) to conjure up some culinary sensations. The eight-course tasting menu, including dishes such as grilled oyster with salmon roe and tapioca and braised wild boar with banana puree, is recommended.

Honeymoon Secret #5

Swim with pink river dolphins in the Amazon

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Shh… The small jungle town of Novo Airão is home to the Amazon river dolphin, known locally as 'Botos.'

Tell me more… Just as friendly to touch, swim and play with as oceanic dolphin, pink river dolphin have long snouts, which they use to find food in amongst the river weeds. Climb in for a swim at Novo Airão.

About the experts:

Bespoke Brazil was established in 2011 by Simon Williams after years of travelling to Brazil in his role as South American operations and product manager for a UK tour operator. Bespoke Brazil specialise in holidays to Brazil, tailor-made for you. We have extensive knowledge and a great passion for Brazil and are eager to share this with you so get in touch and let us show you what makes Brazil so very special.

Visit www.bespokebrazil.com, email: info@bespokebrazil.com or call +44 (0) 1603 340680.

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