Brazil is vibrant, dynamic and unforgettable. It’s also huge – the fifth largest country in the world. If you’re considering making the trip of a lifetime to this beautiful destination, you may have to make some tough choices about what to tackle. Here’s some advice for those struggling with what to pick from the wealth of options on offer.

If you’re looking for history and culture, head to Rio de Janeiro, the country’s former capital. Even the most jaded traveller will be left agog by the iconic Christ the Redeemer and the joy and bustle of Carnival.

If you’re there for the beaches, you’re spoilt for choice. Brazil has thousands of miles of glorious coastline, with a laidback lifestyle to match. If you’re in search of a buzzy atmosphere with caipirinhas alongside the crowds, consider Rio’s beach hotspots, Ipanema and Copacabana.

In terms of food, you’ll be spoilt for choice wherever you go. Look out for crispy, deep-fried pastries in Sao Paolo, where filled pastel de queijo and chicken coxinha can be found on almost every street corner.

And if you’re all about the great outdoors, explore Amazonia and the Pantanal for spectacular scenery, bird life, and vegetation.