Brazil is the giant of the region, occupying half of South America’s land mass. It is the fifth largest country in the world, both in size and population, and has become one of the major industrial and commercial centers.
Brazil most famous city, Rio De Janeiro, is known for this particular blend of natural beauty and sizzle. One of the most visited cities in the southern hemisphere offers the legendary beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema framed by towering mountains. People flock to famous landmarks like the massive Christ the Redeemer Statue atop Corcovado mountain, named one of the seven wonders of the world, and Sugar loaf Mountain, where cable cars take visitor to the top for a panoramic view. But Rio’s hottest attractions is Carnival, an annual celebration when the city comes alive with all sort of merrymaking.
Sao Paulo is the place to go to soak in the breadth of cultural influences that make Brazil what it is Today. The third largest city in the world spreads forth a plethora of events, museums, restaurants, cultural activities and nightlife.
Beyond the cosmopolitan flavors of Brazil’s big cities there is a bucolic side evident in places like Iguazu Falls, with more than 250 spectacular waterfalls surrounded by jungle, and Belo Horizonte, which is encircled by mountains. In the northeastern part of the country is the Recife Fortaleza area, famous for its white sand’s beaches, crystal clear water and coral reefs.
At the point where the Negro River meets the Solimoes River is Manaus, Brazil’s gateway to the Amazon and itself a popular eco-destination. We can’t forget Salvador, where sailing, surfing and diving are a way of life, is also considered the cultural and social heritage capital of the country.
Official Language: Portuguese
Climate: Humid tropical and subtropical, dry in the northeast.