Brazil is one of the most charming places in the world. The largest country in South America, it houses beautiful white-sand beaches, pristine rainforests and fun metropolises. Most of us have heard about the famous Rio carnival. However, there is a lot more to Brazil than that. The country’s attractions extend from enchanting tropical islands and charming colonial towns to impressive landscapes, canyons, waterfalls and tranquil islands.
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Brazil is almost an all-year-round destination, as temperatures rarely dip below 20° C (apart from the mountains). The climate varies from hot and dry in the interiors to humid and sticky in the tropical rainforests of the Amazon jungle. The Amazon basin that dominates Brazil sees the heaviest rainfall between December and May. Interestingly, if you go there when the forests are flooded, you will see plenty of animal life. The coast from Belem to Rio is always sunny.
Life’s a carnival
Brazil’s most famous celebration — Carnival storms through the country’s cities and towns with hip-shaking samba, fervour and glittering costumes. But Brazilians don’t reserve their passion just for the Carnival. Wherever there’s music, you’ll see carefree Brazilians losing themselves in dance, whether at samba clubs, night clubs or just moving to the drumbeats on the streets! So, whatever your age or preference – pop, EDM or regional – you’ll find a place that plays your favourite music. Their ArtRio
fair and street-art festival ArtRua has art lovers around the world
Visiting Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro excites first-time visitors, no matter how many photographs they have seen of the city. The city exudes loads of confidence. It stretches out between rainforests and bays and two popular beaches – Copacabana and Ipanema. It is a vibrant and youthful city that’s high on energy. The beaches, restaurants and nightlife bear witness to this. And behold, this is the city where you find the 98-feet-tall and 92-feet-wide monument Christ the Redeemer. This fifth largest statue of Jesus, is located in the Tijuca National Forest, on top of the Corcovado Mountain. The statue is considered an icon of Rio and Brazil. We also need to especially mention, Sugar Loaf Mountain. If you plan to travel here, don’t forget to take the scenic ride up the mountain through cable cars. Not to forget, there are even more reasons to visit the city now, courtesy the Summer Olympics of 2016 and several new museums in the making.
A visit to the Amazon jungle offers the rare opportunity to breathe in some of the purest air on the planet while staring at the world’s most exotic birds and animals in their natural rainforest habitat. From spider monkeys, golden lion tamarins and sloths to giant anteaters, giant river otters, capybara, Amazonian manatee to toucans, macaws, squirrel monkeys and more, a wide variety of animals are housed here. This is an important destination not to be missed by travellers. A traditional riverboat trip on the Amazon river starts at Belém and finishes at Manaus. Simple boats depart every day and complete the journey in about five days. The peace and quiet, you experience during this voyage is unmatched.
The Iguaçu Falls
The Iguaçu waterfalls lie on the Brazil-Argentina border. The Brazilian side offers a panoramic view of hundreds of waterfalls of different sizes. Don’t miss the view of the thundering Devil’s Throat. In the surrounding national park, the flora is remarkably varied, and you can either walk or take small electric vehicles to observe the flora and fauna.