Brazil: A Country Overview
is a massive country, easily one of the biggest in the world. By
way of comparison the United States (continental) is approximately
the same size as Brazil. In terms of South America, Brazil constitutes
roughly half the land mass of that continent. The only two countries
in South America that Brazil does not share a common border with
are Chile and Ecuador. Despite the size of the country virtually
all Brazilians live within very close proximity to the Atlantic
For many, the first and only stop in Brazil is
the world famous city of Rio de Janeiro. It is said the Rio has
developed a culture based on pleasure and entertainment. This culture
thrives around the fabulous beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana. In
these areas you will find music, football, body worship and a focus
on being outdoors. The highlight of Rio for many is the yearly Carnaval.
During these four days of "anything goes" the focus on
pleasure and entertainment reaches its peak. If you have a experience
this event, do so.
While Rio and the surrounding state are renowned
for beaches, there is much more to do that sitting on the beach
all day. Moving inland one finds tropical forests covering coastal
mountains. The wildlife is incredible in this area. Here and there
one also finds quaint colonial towns and good national parks. These
inland areas are very popular with locals and tourists as an area
for outdoor adventures or scenic hikes. Transportation inland is
easy to set up and most areas of interest are just a few hours away
Today when the name Brazil is mentioned, the name
Amazon also immediately comes to mind. The Amazon region contains
both the largest tropical rainforest in the world and the worlds
longest river. This area is one of the most diverse regions in the
world in terms of plant and animal life. The quantity and variety
of species is overwhelming, with new ones being discovered all the
time. For those travelers that have time, a visit to the Amazon
Basin is an incredible experience.
While the Amazon is Brazil's best know region,
the Patanal is another equally amazing area. It is the world's largest
wetland area and offers the most diverse selection of fauna found
anywhere in South America. This area is home to well over 200 different
species of birds and includes macaws, parrots, toucans, stork and
other exotic bird species. In addition to bird species one can also
find jaguars, river otters and countless other animals. As such
if a person has an interest in seeing some fascinating animals,
the Patanal is a great place to visit.
What else? For many, one of the more interesting
stops is at the Foz do Iguaçu. These magnificent waterfalls
lie on the borders of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. In terms
of size, the Foz do Iguaçu are larger, and some some more
grande the either Niagara or Victoria Falls.
No matter what part of Brazil you travel to, from
the crowded beaches in Rio to isolated beaches in the north, you
will always find Brazilians. For a Brazilian, life revolves around
the beach. Rich and poor intermingle on the beaches.
Another area in Brazil that should not be missed
is the city of Salvador. Once the capital of Brazil, this city offers
a mix of colonial churches, fabulous beaches, excellent food and
a diverse population. While Rio is most well known for its Carnaval
celebration, many Brazilians consider the celebrations in Salvador
to be better.
We are confident that a visit to Brazil will be
something not quickly forgotten. This country offers the traveler
an endless array of things to do, plus the opportunity to experience
one of South America's most unique cultures.
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