Meet Our Responsive team that lives on site

The organization of a quality and tailor-made trip in the big country of Brazil,
with all its particularities, it 
is a complex task not taken lightly.

It is only through having both a detailed knowledge of the country and an understanding of the needs of each traveller that it is possible to design a properly adapted program, coming from the expertise and care of its organizers.
This is why Frederic was inspired to launch Brazil Selection taking great care and caution to build a team of people who actually live here in Brazil. All members of the team have extensive experience in tourism and are immersed in Brazilian culture but have also lived abroad, especially in Canada, the United States and Europe. They are thus able to best meet the requirements of their customers. Moreover, they are all passionate about Brazil and want to pass this passion on to others, via the organisation of tailor-made and memorable vacations.

Our Brazilian specialist team who are able to understand you

As you will see, at Brazil Selection, we are first and foremost experts on Brazil who chose to live here before bringing our skills to the agency, so we have this intense desire to share our cultural roots with all of our customers.

Thanks to this combination of cultural and technical skills, we build a privileged relationship with each of our clients that optimizes the step by step development of their personalized travel program in Brazil! It is this approach based both on listening to your desires and our knowledge of the real Brazil that allows us to offer you an extraordinary trip, organized so that everything goes as planned.

Use this website to discover the trips that have made Brazil Selection’s employees experts of Brazilian vacations.

Frederic Lalanne, Agency founder

Born in Paris, after completing his studies, he decided to travel to the United States where he stayed for a year before traveling to South America and discovering Brazil for the first time. After returning to Europe, with a long stay in Italy and two years of university, Frederic set off again for Brazil where he first discovered the Amazon rainforest.

He then made his first steps in tourism as a local guide in Salvador. This was the first manifestation of the “Brazilian virus”.

Back in Europe, he worked as a tour leader and traveled around the world with two main destinations, USA and India.

When his son was born he decided to settle down  and marketed his own trips for corporate groups for over a decade.

In 2002, he wanted a change of scenery and went to discover the Northeast of Brazil, it was love at first sight with the vast untapped spaces still hardly touched by tourism.

He then decided to embark on a new adventure and settle down in the Northeast of Brazil by launching a tour operator for agencies specializing in company incentive trips. In response to numerous requests from customers for trips throughout Brazil and foreseeing the growth of internet commerce, he decided to launch Brazil Selection, thus applying the requirements and quality criteria he used for his incentive trips to specific trips.

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Fernando Bustamante, package and tour creator & administration

Fernando is Brazilian but of Chilean origin, he also lived in Canada for 10 years. Travelling has always been part of his life, due to family peregrinations. Since he was born in Sao Paulo, one of the largest cosmopolitan cities in the world, he soon learned to value contact with people from all nations.

Leaving Sao Paulo when he was 5 years old, he then followed his parents back to Chile and went to live in San Esteban, a small town at the foot of the Andes. Living in a small country town was an amazing experience, especially for a child who came from such a big metropolis like Sao Paulo.

Often making the return trip Santiago to Sao Paulo to visit family, a veritable expedition of 3 to 4 days by car, he was amazed by the beautiful landscapes during the crossings of the Cordillera of the Andes which gave him the curiosity  and taste for adventure. He spent his younger years in Chile, before finally returning to Sao Paulo in the late 1980s. At the age of 14, his parents decided to join a part of his Chilean family living in Canada.

Thus he then landed in a country completely different from Brazil. Everything was new to him, the climate, the language and the culture. It was in Montreal, another cosmopolitan city, where he pursued computer studies and finally chose to work in tourism. He began at a travel agency selling cultural packages to Cuba. This first experience of the professional world of travel opened new horizons for him and he immediately felt comfortable in this job where his polyglot talents were a real advantage
From one thing to another, because of the cold winters that he hated and having met a pretty girl from the North East of Brazil, he decided to come back to the tropics that he loved so much. After 10 years in Montreal he therefore came home to Brazil.
He started working in a local travel agency. During this time he made various trips across the country. He then met Frederic, and liked his approach of proposing quality, local culture vacations. Since July 2007 he has been Frederic’s main collaborator at Brazil Selection, where he conveys his love of Brazil, its culture and its landscapes that make all travel enthusiasts dream. Passionate about Brazilian music, today he is Mestre (conductor) of one of the main carnival samba orchestras in Fortaleza, the bloco Unidos da Cachora.

His favourite destinations in Brazil are : Rio for its cultural and musical effervescence, Fernando de Noronha for its tranquillity, its rich marine fauna and its mineral beauty, the Pantanal for its rich fauna and its magnificent landscapes.

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Debora Paz, administration & service coordinator

Born and still resident in Fortaleza, Debora loves to travel, whether alone or with her companion and her adorable little daughter. During her youth, she spent her holidays on the Northeast coast with her family and continues today to cultivate a particularly strong affection for the mineral landscapes and the powerful colours of the region’s beaches.

It is undoubtedly her interest in the “elsewhere”, both in space and time that led her to study history at university. Debora is excited by, and eager to live, new experiences: she chose to change careers at the end of her studies and finally discovered the world of tourism after a spell in company management. Attracted by new and different places, she believes that the joys of life come from the contact and exchanges between different people, cultures and ways of life. It is this attraction to diversity coupled with the desire to help travellers discover her country which gives her the feeling of having found a profession in which she is happy.

At Brazil Selection, Debora takes care of the “behind the scenes”; activity. In principal you will have no contact with her. But she’s the one who makes your stay possible by coordinating the various service providers and accommodation so that your stay in Brazil runs smoothly.

Having travelled all over Brazil, she has, over time, developed a special relationship with Rio de Janeiro and the samba, born in its unique and unforgettable setting. She goes there regularly with her companion, himself a professional musician. The destinations that she particularly recommends are Canoa Quebrada for its beaches and warm waters and its tortured cliffs in the Northeast, Rio de Janeiro for culture and ambiance and the Amazon for the beauty of its forest landscapes.

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Pierre Morel, Tour creator & internet

Born in Lyon, France, Pierre was on the move from a very young age. Passionate about nature and fascinated by cultural diversity, he is always on the lookout for new landscapes and beautiful encounters. When he was a small boy, he regularly went “adventuring” in all innocence in the streets of his neighbourhood and his parents were warned of his departure by the florist or baker when he passed them with his lunch bag on the end of a stick.

After a hectic youth during which he travelled a large part of Europe between two summer jobs, a literary baccalaureate and then a degree in Anthropology under his arm, it was as part of his ethnological research that he came to Brazil for the first time in 2008.

Arriving on the first day of the Bahia carnival, he found himself right in the heart of Brazilian culture. This carnival week, unique in the world, made him discover Brazil from the inside! He discovered a New World that enchanted him, both by its diverse culture and with its unique landscapes.

He came to study a local indigenous group, the Pataxo, for a few months, and left whilst loving this country and vowing to return. It was on another stay in 2011, continuing his research of other indigenous peoples that he met his soul mate. He decided to settle permanently in Brazil to share his life with his girlfriend, who camefrom the other side of the world.

A passionate hiker and lover of open spaces, he continued to explore the country from north to south, in search of those little corners of paradise that make up all the magic of Brazil. He also went to meet the traditional cultures of the Nord East, Amazonia and Bahia and the famous Gauchos from the far south of the country.

Desiring to share his wide experience of the largest Latin American country, his meeting with Frederic was a trigger, and he decided to embark on this new adventure. Today, as soon as the opportunity arises, he goes back on the roads of Brazil in search of new and unusual destinations to offer the best of the country to our customers.

His favourite destinations in Brazil: The Amazon, for its beauty, its vastness, its indigenous heritage and its mystery. The mineral beaches of dunes and cliffs in the North East for the incredible vistas, warm water all year long and the traditional local culture which is alive and full of smiles. Bahia with its Afro-Brazilian culture, tropical beaches with coconut trees, feet in the water and tasty food. Not forgetting the interior of this charming state and the Chapada Diamantina and its unique landscapes of semi-arid and tropical forest where hundreds of cascades and clear water streams flow.

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