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Brazil Travel guide
Events and festivals in Brazil
Brazil has a large number of celebrations that have become very popular internationally. The most iconic event is the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro, in which there is plenty of color, music, parades where different schools wear traditional costumes, competitions and dances.
Although they have a variety of pagan festivals, many events are religious in nature. The popular festival of Sâo Jôao is an example of this. Almost a month of celebrations are lived intensely in the northeast of the country. Also, due to the Portuguese colonization and immigration, Brazil also has festivities with European and African influences such as the Cavalhadas, where Moors and Christians confront each other.
Despite this, the country has also managed to preserve many indigenous festivals such as the Tiradentes or Folk Festival of Parintins.GO TO EVENTS
Food in Brazil
Brazilian cuisine is characterized as being one of the most varied and tasty in Latin America. Many of the ingredients and dishes have strong influences of indigenous, European and African cuisine. European influences that most have left their mark in the country are Italian and German, who introduced new ingredients and preparation methods.
In general, the Brazilian gastronomy is characterized for being rich in meats, as it is the case in other countries of Latin America, as well as vegetables, such as vibrant pumpkin. As for fish, the most commonly eaten is shrimp.
Shopping in Brazil
The country of samba, soccer and Carnival is one of the great destinations of South America to go shopping. Rich in artisan products - where wood, clay, stone and lace are abundant - Brazil is full of exclusive products and design for all tastes. This is where the popular Havaianas were born, the flip-flops that became fashionable in the 90s and that years later have gained international recognition.
Pareos, gaucho hats and t-shirts are some of the items that can be found in the markets of Ipanema or the popular Copacabana. In terms of jewelry, Brazil has numerous mines where a variety of precious stones are extracted. Quartz, emerald or beryl can be found in many of the country's jewelry. Although, undoubtedly, one of the most common purchases is the legendary shirt of the national soccer team, present in almost all stores in the country.
Although Brazil is not a particularly cheap country, its great diversity will make shopping enjoyable. Some cities such as Rio de Janeiro, Salvador de Bahia and São Paulo have large avenues and shopping centers.
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The giant of South America and the fifth-largest country in the world, Brazil endures as one of the worlds most lusted-after and popular travel destinations. Brazil holidays open up a world of luscious beaches, tropical Amazon rainforests, and upbeat Samba rhythms.
Culture-filled, melting-pot urban centers, such as the capital, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo offer the traveler an insight into modern life in Brazil, with all the usual hustle and bustle you’d imagine alongside hearty nightlife and eclectic architecture.
On the other hand, a Brazil tour is incomplete without contemplating the natural wonders of the country, such as the incredible Iguazu Falls and the immense Amazon basin, filled with exotic wildlife. Brazil has a vast Atlantic coastline and shares borders with all other South American countries except for Ecuador and Chile.
This close proximity to its neighbors has created the vibrant culture that Brazil is so famed for. The only Portuguese-speaking nation in the Americas, Brazil is unique in every way, and so diverse that you might struggle to fit all the sights into a single trip! A package tour of Brazil is the best way to make the most of your travel time and gain a good overview of the country’s sights and attractions. So grab your dancing shoes and head to the land of Carnival, where the rhythm of Samba music is sure to lift your mood and bring you closer to the warm hospitality of the locals.
History of Brazil
Prior to the arrival of Portuguese explorer, Pedro Alvares Cabral in 1500, who claimed the territory of modern-day Brazil for the Portuguese Empire, Brazil was home to a number of diverse indigenous peoples, estimated to be composed of around 200 different tribes and nations. Colonization followed, along with 200 years of conflict and near-constant wars between the colonists and indigenous groups.
Unlike the ruins found in countries such as Peru and Bolivia, the ancient culture of the indigenous groups are instead preserved in the isolated communities of the Amazon; witnessing the practices of these unique communities is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity during a trip to Brazil.
Sugar plantations and gold mining were the most popular and profitable industries during the age of Portuguese rule, and the discovery of gold attracted many new settlers from Portugal and its colonies around the world, perpetuating the age-old legend of ‘El Dorado’. The hunt for more natural resources, preferably shiny ones, expanded the borders of Brazil to its modern-day size.
Brazil declared independence in 1822, under Prince Pedro, who was famed for his military might as three international wars, resulting in victories for Brazil, were won during his reign. In 1889, Brazil transformed into an independent republic following a military coup. It was not until more than 100 years later in 1985 that a democratic system was established, following an oppressive century of military dictatorship. Visitors who choose Brazil holiday packages today visit a country that is considered a major global power and is known for its rich history and natural beauty, preserved in its plentiful UNESCO sites.
Nature in Brazil
Natural attractions are at the heart of all Brazil vacations. A geographically diverse country with landscapes ranging from tropical palm-fringed beaches to mountainous highlands and the mysterious, wildlife-rich Amazon, Brazil is the perfect adventure travel destination. Perhaps the most iconic sight is the magical Iguazu Falls, an immense border-spanning waterfall system, shared with Argentina.
Visitors to the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls can get up close to the thundering waters on well-placed walk-ways and really gauge the scale of this bucket-list favorite.
Over 40% of the total land area of Brazil is in the Amazon rainforest, the most biodiverse place on earth. Eco-lodges give visitors, on a trip to the Amazon, the chance to spend the night surrounded by an orchestra of animals sounds and to get close to the diverse wildlife and black, mystical waters of the Amazon River, home to animals as unique as the pink Amazon dolphin! Pumas and jaguars are the most iconic inhabitants of the Amazon.
An altogether different kind of environment, the dreamy archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, 200 miles off the coast of Brazil is filled with paradise beaches and crystalline waters, perfect for dolphin watching, snorkeling, and diving. These idyllic islands are a must-visit stop for beach-lovers on a tour of Brazil. Another natural paradise, the Pantanal wetlands of west Brazil is the largest wetland in the world and home to diverse bird and animal life.
Culture in Brazil
Although a predominantly western-style culture, Brazil has preserved many of its more ancient traditions and culture. As a Portuguese colony for more than three centuries, the legacy of this period is evident in many parts of everyday life such as the language, national cuisine and also in the architecture, particularly in the quaint city of Salvador de Bahia and the gorgeous historic town of Paratay, close to Rio.
Brazil is famed for its love of a good fiesta, the most famous of which, the Rio Carnaval, attracts worldwide attention, although Carnaval is celebrated throughout the country in the 46 days leading up to Easter every year.
Music is at the heart of Brazilian culture, and the country has been the birthplace of many different popular genres and styles, such as the sultry Samba, Choro and Forro. If you spend an evening out in the streets of Rio, or any other major city, during a tour of Brazil, you’re sure to see the prevalence and popularity of these musical delights, often accompanied by cheerful dancing.
Of course, football is another national treasure, with Brazil having produced countless prestigious football players, such as Pele, Ronaldinho, Kaka, and Neymar, and the national team is one of the best in the world. On a trip to Brazil, you’re sure to see youngsters having a kick-about almost everywhere!
Succumb to the rhythm of Samba music and set off on an adventure to Brazil, the giant of South America. From the devastating beauty of the Iguazu Falls to the tropical treasures of the Amazon, a vacation in Brazil is the bucket-list adventure you’ve always dreamed of!
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Other useful information
Avoid drinking tap water as well as fruit and vegetables that have been recently washed.
Vaccination against Yellow Fever is recommended in the case of prolonged travel to areas where there is a high risk of exposure to mosquitoes. Travelers over 60 years must consult their doctor as the Yellow Fever vaccine can have serious side effects.
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