Learn About Brazil
Amazon's dense forests, beautiful tropical beaches, twisty rivers and smiling people, makes Brazil a land full of mystery and surprises!
From the wild calls of the Amazon, to the curves on the sand, drawn by the tourists on Copacabana, Brazil is a celebration of all that is great, daring and beautiful. The vast coastline is full of great beaches and islands calling for escapades, while busy Rio and São Paolo impress by their chic nightlife, offering a very exciting lesson in how to have a great time. We cannot leave aside the greatest show on earth, the Rio Carnival - an adventure that you can live only here.
Brazil’s capital, Brasilia, is situated on a high 1000 meters plateau, representing the metropolitan center of the Federal District. The city viewed from above is shaped like a butterfly, and is the only one in the world built in the twentieth century, classified by UNESCO as the Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The main attractions of the city are:
- Palacio de Alvorada, the official residence of the president, building famous for its white marble columns and impressive gardens.
- The Itamaraty Palace houses an impressive collection of works of art and antiques and the JK Bridge has three important buildings: the National Congress, Palace of Justice and Palacio do Planalto.
- The Television Tower has a height of 224 m offering a superb view over the city.
- Legiao da Boa Vontade Temple is pyramid-shaped, decorated with granite spirals on the floors, and the ceiling is paved with a huge crystal to spread positive energy. Inside, there is an Egyptian Room, an art gallery and a souvenir shop.
Rio de Janeiro, meaning the 'River of January,' is one of the most spectacular cities on earth and oozes vitality. It is located around Guanabara Bay waters and is protected by the Sugar Loaf Mountain and the famous statue of Jesus - Cristo Redentor.
- The city is famous for its beaches shaded by palm trees, Copacabana, Ipanema, Mount Corvocado and the festival which annually attracts millions of tourists worldwide. Well known are the famous 'Escolas de Samba' and the 'Blocos de Carnaval' that crosses the entire city.
- Cristo Redentor – the statue of Jesus Christ - is over 30 meters tall, weighs 1,000 tons and is situated on Mount Corvocado, watching over the city.
- Square XV of November is the true center of the city and one of its oldest markets, where there are handicrafts, ceramics, old coins and paintings.
São Paulo is the largest city south of the equator, the main economic, political, industrial, financial and technological center in Brazil. The city has an intense cultural life thanks to the many exhibitions, festivals, concerts, shows and clubs and discos that rival those of Rio de Janeiro.
- Parque de Carmo is one of the largest open spaces in the city, hosting over 210 species of plants. Every year in July is held the 'Festa de Cerejeira,' the Cherry Blossoms Festival, a celebration of Japanese origin.
- Mosteiro de San Bento is a Benedictine monastery built in the sixteenth century.
- Nossa Senhora da Luz is an example of the typical architecture of Sao Paolo, built entirely of clay.
The Amazon Rainforest covers most of the Amazon Basin of South America, although the majority of the forest is contained within Brazil. The Amazon represents over half of the planet's remaining rainforests, and comprises the largest and most biodiverse tract of tropical rainforest in the world, with an estimated 390 billion individual trees divided into 16,000 species.
The Brazilian Constitution recognises the native indian's right to pursue their traditional ways of life and to the permanent and exclusive possession of their traditional lands. Today, most Amerindian tribes live in indigenous reserves, where they practice a lifestyle that integrates both traditional and modern elements. Few live in complete seclusion from the modern world. For example, some make a living from tourism. In practice, however, Brazil's indigenous people still face a number of external threats and challenges to their continued existence and cultural heritage.
Brazil can easily be called the 'Land of Passion,' because Brazilians are vibrant, energetic and with an irrepressible zest for life. Visit this fabulous country during the Carnival in Rio, to get an idea about the essence of Brazil. Amazon's dense forests, beautiful tropical beaches, twisty rivers and smiling people, makes Brazil a land full of mystery and surprises!
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