Brazil is synonymous with sunshine, samba and exotic nature. A dream destination full of both adventure and constant fun! Be prepared for Brazil to take over your living room this year: images of Sugarloaf and Cristo will be everywhere in the build-up to the World Cup. But Brazil’s real magic is in the jungles and beaches of its 8,000km coastline.
In the relatively unexplored north-eastern state of Alagoas, a succession of rustic-chic laid-back beach pousadas offer fabulous cuisine: try Pousada da Amendoeira (bungalows from £110) on Praia do Toque, or Pousada Casa Zulu (doubles from £46) in Icaraizinho de Amontada. Beaches aside, anyone heading to Manaus for England’s opening match against Italy should make time to explore the world’s greatest tropical rainforest: Pousada Uacari (three nights full-board from $550pp) is a floating lodge in the heart of the jungle.