Beyond the Headlines
With 2014 marking the first of two very important years for Brazil, BBC Travel went behind the scenes with some of the city’s largest and most popular samba schools.
At Brazil’s largest nature reserve, travellers can stay in treehouses, paddle past alligators and pick acai berries – but only 1,000 visitors a year are allowed in.
In a city that embraces everyone and every cause, tolerance is so encouraged that authorities have hired drag queens to dance in the streets.
African culture brought over during the slave trade still influences modern Salvador in myriad ways, from unique art forms to ongoing social struggles.
Brimming with colour and creativity, Recife has launched some of Brazil's most influential artists, writers and musicians.
With its incomparable natural beauty, Rio is wonderfully seductive. As the World Cup and the Olympics near, the city prepares for its role as the centre of the sporting universe.