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Overview to Brazil: Travel Guide and Tourist Information


Brazil has an almost mythical status amongst party-seeking backpackers and travelers. But it’s also a much more complicated and varied place than this popular preconception would suggest. For a start, it’s almost unimaginably large, covering a landmass that’s almost the size of Europe.

Away from the cities and the coast, the country quite quickly becomes wilder and more sparsely populated. And there are few greater (practically unexplored) wildernesses than the Amazon Rainforest, which stretches over seven million square kilometers.

Astonishing as the Amazon Rainforest is, though, it’s by no means alone when it comes to natural wonders. In keeping with a country so enormous, Brazil has any number of other standout natural attractions such as the mighty Iguaçu Falls (which it shares with neighboring Argentina) and the massive wildlife sanctuary that is the Pantanal Swamps.

The three largest cities are concentrated in the southeast of the country; Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte and the iconic Rio de Janeiro, crowned with its statue of Christ the Redeemer, are all vibrant and bustling places. But away from their smart, busy town centers, the ‘favelas’ (impoverished shanty towns) spread out in every direction as a vivid scar of poverty.

Slightly less well-known cities such as Olinda and Salvador can be found to the northeast of the country. Both have plenty to keep the visitor entertained, not least their charming colonial-era town centers which feature an array of fascinating historical monuments.

Ultimately, though, most travelers come to the country as much for what it represents as what it is: fabulous footballers, brilliant beaches, sexy samba and the infamous four Cs – Caipirinhas, Capoeira, Carnaval and the Copacabana – read like a pleasure-seeker’s checklist. And the reality certainly doesn’t disappoint. 

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