Cathco, I am not calling you a lier, I said that it RARELY rained for 10 days solid, mearly pointing out that to tell everyone that all it does is rain is absolute rubbish! I have been in Salvador/Praia Do Forte/Costa Do Sauipe/Porto Do Sauipe in June/July as well as Nov/Dec and I dont remember a single day when I've had to wear a winter jacket and only on a very rare occassion that I have had to wear long trousers, so to tell someone form the UK that it is COLD is a bit silly! By the way, what is the temp in today (Whilst its raining in the south east in the SUMMER!!!!!!)
Tcan, With all due respect, your knowledge is vast, however you miss my my point, that is that the deals offered by the package holidays, although to mainly tourist areas, are a mere fraction of what it costs independantly, I have known people to pay £650 for two weeks ALL INCLUSIVE, this is less then a two way flight to Brazil, therefore why not take advantage of this and then use these hotels as a base to explore salvador/rio etc???? I also personally know many REAL LOCALS living around Imbassai and Praia Do Forte regions, although these are now set up for tourists at tourist prices you do not need to travel far to see some real local communities who have always lived in the area. So compared to most traditional package holidays offered in the UK, yes Brazil is cultural and interesting!!!!
Cathco, that should also answer your last point! The only reason that companies do not offer the destination in the brazilian summer, is because not enough people would be willing to pay the money it would cost, those that wish to still go can do so with other companies that use scheduled flights and arrange the trips on a personally taylored basis (eg Kuoni), just be prepared to pay around £3500 each if thats what you would like to do! I for one will continue to use the first choice flights to explore brazil (At £320 compared to £980 on BA)