Brazil (Portuguese: Brasil), is the largest country in South America.
Famous for its football tradition and its annual Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Recife and Olinda. It is a country of great diversity, from the bustling urban mosaic of São Paulo to the infinite cultural energy of Pernambuco and Bahia, the untouched wilderness of the Amazon rainforest and world-class landmarks such as the Iguaçu Falls, there is plenty to see and to do in Brazil.
Different regions of Brazil:
Brazil is the fifth largest country on earth. Its borders are mainly drawn around state lines, but they also more or less follow natural, economic and cultural borderlines.
- Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima, Tocantins
The Amazon, the rain forest and frontier life, with remarkable indian influence.
- Alagoas, Bahia, Ceará, Maranhão, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Piauí, Rio Grande do Norte, Sergipe
Strong black culture (especially in Bahia) mingles with early Iberic folklore. This is often considered the country's most beautiful coastline, and has the sunniest and hottest climate; but it is also the country's driest and poorest region.
- Distrito Federal (Federal District), Goiás, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul
The Pantanal wetlands, great farms, young cities, the cerrado and the Federal District, with its outworldly modernist architecture.
- Espirito Santo, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo
São Paulo and Rio are the largest cities of the country and its economic and industrial hub; there are also some century-old colonial towns.
- Rio Grande do Sul, Paraná, Santa Catarina
Is a land of valleys and pampas where a strong gaucho culture (shared with Uruguay and Argentina) meets European influences. Accordingly it is experiencing much growth and tourism. It has the best standard of living in Brazil with only two large cities (Curitiba and Porto Alegre) and several mid-size cities with very low crime rates. German, Italian, Polish and Ukranian immigrants colonized the region in the mid 19th century. It is also the only region in Brazil where it snows every year, mainly in the central mountains of Santa Catarina State.
Highlights of Brazil:
- Parque Nacional Chapada dos Veadeiros - Cerrado (tropical savanna) wildlife and stunning waterfalls.
- Iguaçu Falls - The world-famous waterfalls. One of the great natural wonders of the world, the Iguaçu Falls (Portuguese: Cataratas do Iguaçu, Spanish: Cataratas del Iguazú, Tupi: Y Ûasu "big water") are situated near the border of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. The area is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
- Itatiaia National Park - The first Brazilian National Park, located on the Itatiaia Massif between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.
- Pantanal - The world's largest wetland hosts lots of eco-tourism and vast biodiversity, including caiman, jaguar, anaconda, giant anteater, primates, giant otter, and piranha.
- Jalapão - A departure from the Amazon region, this uninhabited cerrado area has bright orange sand dunes, rivers and waterfalls. Increasingly popular with off-road adventure lovers.
- Amazonia - jungle tours, wildlife, floated wood, the Mysteries of the amazon
- Fernando de Noronha - A tropical island paradise in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. Is protected as a Marine National Park since 1997 and a World Heritage Site.
- Emas National Park - UNESCO World Heritage site due to it's diverse and old ecosystem