Extreme in everything, even the wildlife and plants are extraordinary. A several-day journey into the almost impregnable Amazon Forest, or down the huge Amazon River, cannot fail but leave you with unforgettable memories. The country is also home to the largest marshlands in the world, Pantanal, a genuine earthly Eden, drenched in sunshine and best explored on horseback or by boat, without forgetting the unforgettable, thunderous Iguaçu Falls! The best way to sample this natural paradise is to go trekking to the canyons, grottoes and falls of the grandiose Parque Nacional da Chapada Diamantina.
This exuberance also depicts Brazil's cities from Baroque Salvador to hyper-modern Brasília and São Paulo without forgetting the Colonial allure of Paraty and Ouro Preto.
And let's not forget Rio, whose Carnival embodies Brazil's infectious enthusiasm and love of life. Here, the carnival unites creeds and races in a shared desire to have fun in the hot Corcovado sunshine.
Michelin's recommendations for Brésil
10 most beautiful bays in the world
In geographic terms they are a coastal indentation and, in tourist terms, a promise of blue sea, sunshine and idyllic landscapes. Here is a selection from across the different seas of the globe.
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Deserted, inhabited, tropical, wild, arid, green or icebound, islands have always ben our fantasy destinations. A chance to be cut off from the world and recharge our batteries in a setting where the sky always meets the sea.