Brazil

One of the world's most captivating places, Brazil is a country of powdery white-sand beaches, verdant rainforests and wild, rhythm-filled metropolises. Brazil's attractions extend from frozen-in-time colonial towns to otherworldly landscapes of red-rock canyons, thundering waterfalls and coral-fringed tropical islands. Then there's Brazil's biodiversity: legendary in scope, its diverse ecosystems boast the greatest collection of plant and animal species found anywhere on earth. There are countless places where you can spot iconic species in Brazil, including toucans, scarlet macaws, howler monkeys, capybara, pink dolphins, sea turtles and thousands of other living species.

Brazil offers big adventures for travelers with budgets large and small. There's horseback riding and wildlife-watching in the Pantanal, kayaking flooded forests in the Amazon, ascending rocky cliff tops to panoramic views, whale-watching off the coast, surfing stellar breaks off palm-fringed beaches and snorkeling crystal-clear rivers or coastal reefs – all are part of the great Brazilian experience. No less entrancing is the prospect of doing nothing, aside from sinking toes into warm sands and soaking up a glorious stretch of beach, with a caipirinha – Brazil's national cocktail – in hand. Brazil's most famous celebration, Carnaval, storms through the country's cities and towns with hip-shaking samba and frevo, dazzling costumes and parties that last until sun up, but Brazilians hardly limit their revelry to a few weeks of the year. Festas (festivals) happen throughout the year, and provide a window into Brazil's incredible diversity. Read more about Brazil;
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Caipirinha

Caipirinha
Caipirinha is Brazil's national cocktail, made with cachaça, sugar and lime. Cachaça is Brazil's most common distilled alcoholic beverage (also known as Pinga or Caninha). Both rum and cachaça are made from sugarcane-derived products. Specifically...

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Fernando de Noronha

Fernando de Noronha
Few people can claim they've witnessed the unspoiled and breathtaking beaches of Fernando de Noronha, and it's no wonder: This island off the northeast coast of Brazil was declared a marine national park in 1988, and now a mere 420 tourists...

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Bolero at Sunset

Bolero at Sunset
Since 1995, a local musician has been going out on a river boat every single day, playing the beautiful "Bolero" song on his saxophone here in Cabedelo, Brazil. An entire local tourist industry has developed as a result of him going out playing...

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Recife

Recife
Recife is the capital city of the Brazilian state of Pernambuco and is home to well over 4 million people, making it the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country. It is situated at the point at which the Beberibe and Capibaribe rivers meet to make...

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Ilha de Itaparica

Ilha de Itaparica
The Baía de Todos os Santos, occupying 1000 sq km, is Brazil’s largest bay, containing 56 islands rich with lush vegetation and historic architecture. The most popular escape for residents of Salvador is the island of Itaparica. The shores are...

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Capoeira

Capoeira
Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art originating in Angola, that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music, and is usually referred to as a game. It was developed in Brazil mainly by West African descendants with native Brazilian...

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Moqueca de Piexe

Moqueca de Piexe
We just had to visit the same restaurant where we had the delicious Mocqueca de Piexe meal the other day. We devised all sorts of devious plans to get hold of this specific recipe - we will tell them we are from a food magazine ... tell them we are writing...

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Mercado Modelo

Mercado Modelo
Salvador's major arts and crafts shopping location. The Mercado Modelo can be defined as a ‘Model Market’ with its diversity of shops, where one can encounter the most varied types of arts and crafts representative of Bahia. There are 263...

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Carnival

Carnival
Every February the infectious sights and sounds of carnaval (carnival) return to Brazil. The world’s best known party has taken place in the month before lent since the 1700s and the ‘party of the flesh’ is more alive today than ever, with two million...

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10 Facts about Brazil

10 Facts about Brazil
One of the world's most captivating places, Brazil is a country of powdery white-sand beaches, verdant rainforests and wild, rhythm-filled metropolises. Brazil's attractions extend from frozen-in-time colonial towns to otherworldly landscapes of red-rock...

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Salvador

Salvador
Salvador da Bahia has an energy and unadorned beauty that few cities can match. Once the magnificent capital of Portugal’s great New World colony, Salvador is the country’s Afro-Brazilian jewel. Its brilliantly hued center is a living museum of 17th-...

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Like

Both Wiets and Sue thoroughly enjoyed Brazil. It was difficult initially to find our way around as just about everybody we met only spoke Portuguese and no English. But as we befriended the locals (especially Marcello Brochini in Salvador), mastered a few Portuguese words, found our way around - we ended up LOVING it in Brazil. Although the majority of people are poor and do not have wealth - virtually all of them were quite satisfied, friendly and happy people.

Dislike

There was very little to dislike about Brazil. However, what struck us was the vast numbers of people who live in virtual poverty and shanty towns (known as "Favela"). In Salvador, we also saw a number of destitute people openly peddling and using drugs. We were also not impressed with the variety and cuts of meat normally available. If on a yacht, there is a lot of red tape to check in and out of Brazil - perhaps more so as one have to visit various locations.

 

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