With its enchanting rainforests, coconut-fringed beaches, historical architecture and flamboyant festivals, Brazil will have you dancing to its vibrant beat in no time. Brazil is a melting-pot of cultures - with eastern European traces left in the south, Japanese communities thriving in São Paulo and an Afro-Brazilian population throughout much of Rio, Salvador and São Luís. Its Portuguese and Italian heritage is evident throughout the country, particularly in the colonial buildings and churches of Salvador and Ouro Preto, while the capital city, Brasilia, showcases modernist, avant-garde architecture.
Rio de Janeiro is, do doubt, Brazil’s most popular city, attracting hordes of tourists to its iconic peak of Sugarloaf Mountain, while the Art-Deco statue of Christ the Redeemer towers above the bay from the top of Corcovado. Its famous stretch of Copacabana beach is teeming with bikini-clad sunbathers and beach cafés, back dropped by beautiful old buildings.
Culture enthusiasts will love the art galleries and museums of São Paulo, home to some of the biggest collections of 20th-century western artists, including Picasso and Modigliani.
Those looking to explore Brazil’s dense jungles and natural wonders should look no further than Iguaçu Falls, bordering Paraguay and Argentina. The river drops into 247 cascading waterfalls, where adjacent bridges and towers let you marvel at the spectacular views of the UNESCO-acclaimed Iguaçu National Park. Where the mystical waters of the Rio Negro meet the Rio Solimões, your journey into the Amazon rainforests begins. Boat trips take you through a network of rivers and lakes where you’ll see unbelievable specimens of turtles, toucans, sloths and monkeys.
But what is a trip to Brazil without experiencing Carnival? Ogle at the colourful parades and samba dancers as they dazzle their way through the festive city streets.
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