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About Brazil

Brazil is the largest country in South and Central America and the fifth largest in the world. Because of its size, it is a very diverse country in many aspects. The terrain includes mountains, hills, plains, rainforests and scrublands. The population of Brazil is a melting pot of races, including indigenous people, African and European, with the official language spoken being Portuguese. This variety is reflected in the food, architecture, music and culture of the country.

It is this diversity of places, people and traditions that make Brazil such an unforgettable place to visit. It is certainly known for its music and its fanatic interest in soccer. Musically, it has produced the Samba, the Bossa Nova, the Forro (both the music and dance) and the Capoeira (which involves dancing and martial arts). Brazil’s soccer team has won the World Cup five times and play in the world’s largest soccer stadium located in Rio.

What are the top cities to visit on a Brazil vacation?

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is known for its breathtaking and stunning landscapes as well as its excellent and popular beaches. It is Brazil’s second largest city, the inhabitants of which are known as Cariocas. It has a laid back beach culture which can be experienced at Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon and Sao Conrado, all well known beaches. But beaches are not all that Rio has to offer. The most amazing sights can be seen from the top of the large hill known as Corcovado, dominated by the statue of Christ the Redeemer and provides spectacular panoramic views. Sugarloaf Mountain, closer to the city, also provides beautiful views of the landscape; the view at sunset being exceptional. There are many other aspects to get excited about here on Brazil tours. One is the annual Carnival where the Cariocas display not only their enthusiasm for life but also their colourful costumes and rhythmic music.

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Brasilia

Brazil's capital city, Brasília, was carved out of the jungles and completed in less than three years in 1960 when it became a showpiece of city planning and avant-garde architecture. Without the usual mix of residential and business districts, the entire government section of Brasilia is composed of major architectural highlights. These include the presidential palace, the Supreme Court and the two sharply contrasting congress buildings, plus the Historical Museum of Brasília and the Pantheon of Freedom designed by Oscar Niemeyer. The Brasilia TV Tower is a good place to get an interesting view of the city with its observation deck.

Salvador

The upper town of Salvador, Brazil's former colonial capital and principal port for slaves arriving from Africa, is a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its exceptional collection of 17th and 18th Century colonial buildings, the finest in South America. Called the Pelourinho, this old quarter is where you will find Salvador's most beautiful churches and monasteries built at a time when Brazil was the source of Portugal's riches and gold was lavished on the colony's religious buildings. The finest and most opulent of the city's churches is Sao Francisco built in the early 1700s and filled with intricate carvings covered in gold. The upper and lower towns are linked by steep streets and a number of elevators and a funicular which has become a landmark in Salvador..

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Manaus

Manaus is a sprawling city in the heart of the Amazon region with a population of around 2 million. It is a busy port with an exciting nightlife. The ornate renaissance style Opera House built in 1896 is an interesting landmark. It is from Manaus that one can take a short cruise down the Amazon to see the “Meeting of the Waters” where two important tributaries of the Amazon collide. Not something to be missed on a Brazil tour.

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Recife and Fortaleza

Recife, located in the very north of the country, is known as “the Brazilian Venice” due to the many waterways that meander through the heart of the city. It boasts one of the world’s best urban beaches. It is also a city of interesting churches and has an abundance of museums and art galleries.Fortaleza, the fifth largest city in Brazil is also blessed with attractive beaches.

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Ouro Preto

Ouro Preto is the capital of the state of Minas Gerais. It had its heyday during the colonial period which is evident from the interiors of the churches in Ouro Preto. Entire walls are awash in gold along with diamonds from the mines surrounding the city in the 17th and 18th centuries. Ouro Preto has steep narrow streets lined by gracious colonial mansions, white churches and a mountain backdrop setting. The entire town is so rich in colonial architecture that Ouro Preto has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Top things to do on a trip to Brazil

Iguassu Falls

Iguassu Falls is located in the very south of Brazil. Being taller than Niagara Falls and twice as wide, it is an amazing spectacle to visit while on a Brazil vacation. The view from the Brazilian side is the most panoramic. There are walkways along the canyon that offer beautiful views, as well as helicopter rides over the falls. The light is at its best in the morning.

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The Amazon River, Jungle, and Rainforest

The Amazon Rainforest accounts for more than half of the world’s remaining forests and 20 percent of the world’s oxygen. One in 10 known species in the world can be found in the Amazon region, home to around 2.5 million insect species, tens of thousands of plants, and thousands of birds and mammals. Many areas in the jungle are difficult to get to and some are still unexplored. The villages along the river or in the jungle are mostly untouched by modern lifestyles. The people stick to traditional ways of living. In these villages you will find medicine men, healers, shaman, and witch doctors. On Brazil vacations, you can take a cruise starting from Manaus. Situated in the heart of the rainforest, Manaus is the largest city in the Brazilian Amazon and is located on the Rio Negro a few miles before it meets the Rio Solimoes to form the Amazon River, properly called the “Meeting of the Waters.” This will be one of the highlights on your cruise. 

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Wildlife and Nature

The Pantanal is the world’s largest wetland consisting of forests, lakes, and grasslands. It also spreads over into Paraguay and Bolivia. The flooded marshlands teem with everything from piranhas to jaguars and crocodiles. This is a place for nature lovers. The region’s protected areas include the Pantanal Matogrossense National Park and three private nature reserves where you can have the opportunity to view wildlife go on safari, go swimming and take canoe trips. The Pantanal is home to approximately 3500 known plant species, with more being discovered on a regular basis.

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Brazil – a large country with so many possibilities. Book your Brazil vacation today!

 

 

 "Globetrotting with Goway" blog articles

For some additional reading, the following articles are from our blog “Globetrotting with Goway”….. a great source of information for those people who are, or who want to be, world travellers!

Why Your Brazil Vacation Shouldn’t Skip Sao Paulo

Rio de Janeiro: The Jewel in the Crown of Any Brazil Vacation Package

Four Perfect Days in Rio on a Brazil Vacation

Carnival: Capture the Spirit of Rio on Your Brazil Tour

Celebrate New Year’s Eve or Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, on a Brazil Vacation

Iguassu Falls: Go Beyond Rio on Your Brazil Vacation

10 Great Cities to Visit on a Brazil Vacation (that aren’t Rio de Janeiro!)

Seeing the Beauty in a Brazil Vacation

Mother Nature’s Secrets Uncovered in Brazil’s Amazon River

Get Up Close and Personal With South America’s Iguassu Falls

Some of the Most Amazing Waterfalls to be Found on a Goway Vacation

Ecotourism Destinations: Central and South America (Part 1)

Ecotourism Destinations: Central and South America (Part 2)

What’s Your Amazon Adventure?

Essential Tips for Staying Safe in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

How I fell in love with Rio de Janeiro

Cool, Refreshing Taste of Brazil

South America Trip Sizzlers: Rio de Janeiro vs Buenos Aires


Brazil Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to Brazil tours. 

Learn about the history and culture of Brazil, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Brazil's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Brazil for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Brazil tours today!

Extend Your Trip in Central & South America

After your Brazil tours, why not consider another of Goway's Latin America tours. These include a large selection of other exciting countries in Central and South America. We offer Chile vacation packages and Easter Island toursEcuador vacation packages which include Galapagos cruises and Peru vacation packages which include Machu Picchu tours among many others.

 

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