WHY TRAVEL TO BRAZIL

Posted: December 3, 2012 in Beach Holiday, Destinations, Tourism, Travel Tips
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BRAZIL

Summary: Located in Eastern South America, Brazil is South America’s largest country by size and population, and shares a border with every country except for Chile and Ecuador. Although the terrain is mostly flat to rolling lowlands in the northern part of the country surrounding the Amazon River, it gets more varied further away with some plains, mountains and a narrow coastal belt. Brazil has strong agricultural, manufacturing and service sectors, and is South America’s economic and international leader.

  • Capital: Brasilia
  • Time Zone: Standard Time -0300 UTC
  • Population: 196,342,592
  • Languages: Portuguese, Spanish, English, French
  • Power: 110 V to 120 V and 220 V, 60 Hz Currency: Brazilian Real – Currently 1 BRL = 0.4682 USD $
  • Climate: Brazil is mostly tropical, but is temperate in the southern part of the country, which can get the occasional frost. – Currently 73º, Brasilia Weather Forecas

WHY TRAVEL TO BRAZIL

A better question would be: Why not travel to Brazil? With the only exception being snow, Brazil offers everything that any traveler could possibly be looking for: varied culture, colorful wildlife, deserted beaches, compassionate and lively people, luxury and leisure, passionate sports, extreme activities, affordability, charm and sophistication, delectable cuisine… and so much more. No matter where you are in Brazil, there’s never a dull moment. There’s always an opportunity to relax, and to absorb the Brazilian atmosphere in all 6 (yes, 6!) of your senses. Brazil is full of sights, sounds, smells, tastes, feelings, and experiences that every traveler should enjoy… See the incredible views of Rio de Janeiro, arguably the most beautiful city in the world, sandwiched between the mountains and the sea. Hear the pandeiro of a samba group at a local bar, or the roar of the crowd at a soccer game as their team scores a gooooooool! Smell the aroma of the fresh seafood at a small beachside restaurant, blended with the salty mist drifting in from the sea. Taste the bitterness of the exotic tropical fruit acerola and the sweetness of the exquisite cacau. Indulge in the spicy seafood stew known as moqueca, washed down with chopp, a delicious draft beer with a creamy head. Feel the sun warming your muscles as you play beach volley with new friends on the sand of Ipanema Beach. Experience a culture full of life and laughter – one you’ll never forget and will carry with you for the rest of your life.

DESTINATIONS IN BRAZIL

  • Brasilia: Built further towards the center of the country to help bring in tourists and business, the capital city has a mix of architecture and urban planning that was built in only three years. After taking pictures of the buildings, make your way north to the Parque Nacional de Brasília for a swim and to relax. The 135 mile drive further north to Chapada dos Veadeiros is worth a full day trip – waterfalls, natural swimming pools, cliffs and oases mix in this national park and attract ecotourists from all over.
  • Rio de Janeiro: Rio de Janeiro may be known by only one thing – the legendary Carnaval, which makes a long weekend just before Ash Wednesday, however it holds many more surprises. Among the sights to see are the statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado peak, the cafes along the Rua do Ouvidor, the 365 steps leading up to the Igreja da Penha, the Sao Bento Monastery, and the jazz and local music clubs in the area of town called zona sul. Oh, and don’t forget the beaches, of course.
  • Sao Paulo: About 18 million people live in São Paulo, and with its international demographics, it has become a strong, cultured city. You can be busy admiring the museums like the Fundacao Maria Luiza e Oscar Americano, where you can sip at a cup in a tea house before strolling the grounds, and the Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo featuring international masters and is located downtown, and the wide Parque Ibirapuera which is surrounded by a planetarium and other museums.
  • The Amazon: In the northern part of the country lies one of the world’s most renowned rivers – the Amazon. The basin area welcomes ecotourists and features some of the richest and most diverse rain forests, and it doesn’t take a long trek down the river to see anacondas, barracuda and piranhas. There are also more than 200 kinds of mosquitoes, so bring some repellant. The main river cities of Manaus and Belém will both offer rides down the river, but many tributaries are unexplored. Salvador: The Brazilian martial art called Capoeira originated here – looking to an outsider as a kind of dance hiding graceful and deadly moves. The city itself is large and beautiful, and sits right on the coast offering many beaches for weary travellers. While you’re here, take a ride through Pelourinho and Anchieta, two sections of town with great architecture, shop for art and local craftsmanship at the Mercado Modelo market, and absorb some of Brazil’s history at the Museu Afro-Brasileira.

TIPS

  • Water: The local water is filtered and safe to drink, although most still drink bottled water. The local milk is pasteurized and shouldn’t pose a problem.
  • Touching: Touching is common in Brazilian culture. Even business executives will greet each other with a kiss on each cheek, a la Europe, and professional embraces or hugs are also common. If you’re not sure how to act, let the local lead. Stop Signs: Stop signs are frequently ignored at night, as well as red lights, as the drivers slow to a fast crawl through the intersection, so pay close attention if you drive, or take a licensed taxi.
  • When To Visit: The southern part of Brazil is less constant than the rest of the country, so expect hotter humid summer weather from December to February, and rainy weather from June to August. Summer has more tourists, local and foreign, however, Carnaval is in late February or early March, just before Ash Wednesday.
  • Food: Some of Brazil’s fine foods include chile and palm oil covered meat and fish, served with rice.
  • Phrases: Yes = sim, no = não, hello = olá, please = por favor, thanks = obrigado
  • Tipping: Check your bill, as a service charge is often included, otherwise, tipping 10% is fine.

NOTE: Some of Brazil’s destinations are teeming with people, and it only takes a little common sense to be safe and secure. Avoid the favelas, the shanty suburbs, leave valuables behind on trips to the beach, and be aware of your surroundings.

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