Travel Brazil

Brazil is the largest and most dynamic South American country, bordering all but two of the continent's other nations. In Brazil, wild Amazon adventures can be coupled with stimulating city sights and leisurely beach escapades. Brazil's Portuguese colonization along with its participation in the Atlantic triangle slave trade with Africa produced a fusion of cultures that is celebrated today in the form of fantastic food, unmatched festivals, eclectic music beats and a diverse national identity that is finally being embraced.

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When Portuguese settlers arrived in 1531, the native population that existed was relatively small and decentralized compared with other indigenous empires on the continent. They were quickly enslaved on sugar plantations but soon replaced by Africans. Today, their small surviving populations live mainly hidden in the interior of Brazil's thick jungles; however, their influence in art and abundance of intricate handmade crafts are unavoidable, especially inland. The history of Brazil's entangled interior is also touched by African slaves who escaped the coastal plantations and built secret settlements. Quilombo dos Palmares was the most impressive of these settlements; with a peak population of 30,000 inhabitants and over 200 buildings, the town functioned independently for nearly a century until a bloody battle with the Portuguese erupted in 1694.

nullBrazil's expansive terrain is endless with natural wonders. Nearly forty percent of the world's remaining tropical rainforests is part of Brazil's Amazon and Atlantic forests, which are home to over 2.5 million species of insect and one-fifth of the world's bird species! The notorious carnivorous piranha lingers in numerous quantities in the Amazon River's waters, along with the fascinating Boto, the largest species of river dolphin. The mysterious Anaconda snake also lurks in the river's basin; but have no fear, they are generally harmless to humans. At the Argentinean border, Iguaçu Falls embodies the extent of Brazil's beauty with over 275 different waterfalls merging together into one harmonious rush of thunder with a vast number of scenic trails winding around the cascading cliffs and lush estuaries. Another aquatic phenomenon occurs 10 kilometers upstream from the city of Manaus where the dark waters of the Negro River join the yellowish Solimoes River without blending for a few kilometers. This dual colored waterway is the beginning of the Amazon River.

nullThough some claim that the festival of Carnival is the best time to visit Brazil's liveliest city, Rio de Janeiro, this pulsing metropolis is booming with life all year long. The dense population provides unrelenting entertainment while the beautiful beaches tend to be the ultimate draw. The urban centers of Sao Paulo and Brasilia, the official capital, are also teeming with nightlife, activities and history. Remember when you travel to Brazil that the southern urban regions experience a (very) mild winter during the months of June to August and the peak of summer is in January. The northern tropical regions are steadily warm year-round.

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  • Wice says
    Brazil sounds such an amazing country to visit - so many contrasts, so much to offer and yet it's a destination that more young people seem to favour than others. My picks would be to see BuenosAires which I believe is very European and full of charm. The Iguazzu Falls would be a must and who could resist seeing Rio and its festival! Then there's the Amazon and the rainforests.... and would be fun to try a genuine, on the spot Brazilian coffee.... such a fantastic diverse destination but one we so often overlook.
  • Rosie says
    It all sounds so devine, doesn't it? Thanks for the inspiration :)
  • KH says
    I'd really love to get to Brazil.
  • Dee-Dee says
    When I lived in South America I traveled to Brazil with friends around Carnival time for 2 weeks and it was one of the most memorable times of my life...the scenery and people are contrasting...and you can definitely see the differences in social and financial standing but around Carnival time the country totally embraces the culture....I loved the food, the dance, the beaches, the culture, the music and dear I say the men....I even learnt basic Capoeira so if you get a chance go visit and try to make it around Carnival time because Brazil puts on a wonderful show....2016 Olympics are coming up in Rio de Janeiro you know...
  • When I actually do travel to Brazil, I would like gadgets for travelling so it would become easier for us to actually have a nicer time. It's going to end up so well for me, I hope. I need a vacation more than anything else.

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