48 Hours

City Breaks: Brazil

Whether you’re just passing through or making a weekend of it, we give you the 48-hour lowdown on cities across the globe. What to see, what to do, what not to miss...

  • Rio de Janeiro

    Rio de Janeiro South America, Brazil

    Travel Time

    12hrs 10mins

    Cities rarely get more lively and colourful than this distinctive metropolis where musical heritage and nightlife collide with beaches and tropical climes, says James Williams
  • Ouro Preto

    Ouro Preto South America, Brazil

    Travel Time

    20hrs 10mins

    As the world’s eyes focus on Brazil for this summer’s World Cup, Catherine Balston profiles a lesser-known former mining town, now a charming Unesco-protected hub.
  • Salvador

    Salvador South America, Brazil

    Travel Time

    16hrs 10mins

    With sunset samba sessions, Bahian food and zinging caipirinhas, it’s little wonder, says David Constable, that this colourful coastal city is Brazil’s ‘Capital of Happiness’.
  • Sao Paulo

    Sao Paulo South America, Brazil

    Travel Time

    11hrs 30mins

    This modern Brazilian city is big and busy, but it also has one of Latin America’s best dining scenes, writes Alicia Miller – and its residents certainly know how to have fun.
  • Rio De Janeiro

    Rio De Janeiro South America, Brazil

    Travel Time

    12hrs 10mins

    Jane Labous kicks back with a caipirinha and enjoys one of the world’s most beautiful cities, where golden crescent beaches lie between soaring mountains.

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