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Facts of Brazil

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Here are some facts of Brazil: Brazil is the largest country in South America, and the fifth-largest country in the world. The country is known worldwide for its diversity, beautiful women, and passion about soccer (futbol), which rivals the level of dedication in England. It is also known for its music, which includes the styles of samba, choro, bossa nova, and sertanejo, as well as Brazil's unique martial art, capoeira, which mixes elements of fighting and dance.

Brazil lays claim to 60% of the Amazon rainforest, making it an ideal destination for eco-travelers. Ten percent of the world's known species reside in the Amazon, with exceptional plant (over 40,000 species) and invertebrate (an estimated 100,000 species) biodiversity. However, the visitor with intentions to explore this vast rainforest should come well prepared and should also hire a guide. Not only is the Amazon easy to get lost in, but many indigenous creatures, such as piranhas, poison dart frogs, jaguars, anacondas, and electric eels pose a serious threat to the unwary.

Those with less adventure in their hearts can visit the Brazilian cities of Rio Grande (Brazil's most important port city), Rio de Janeiro (home to the Sugar Loaf Mountains, the 130 ft. statue "Christ the Redeemer", and some truly marvelous beaches), and Sao Paulo (the country's largest and arguably most underrated city).

Visitors to Brazil should make certain to sample their coffee, which is delicious, very strong, and so ubiquitous that it becomes a shorthand name for meals. For example, if you hear a Brazilian referring to café da manhã, the literal translation is 'morning coffee' but the meaning is 'breakfast'.

Quick Info:

Capital: Brasília

Language(s): Portuguese

Religion(s): Roman Catholicism

Currency: Real (R$) (BRL)

Electricity Voltage: 110V

Calling Code: +55

Popular Travel Destinations:

  • Brasilia National park
  • Nossa Senhora da Monte Serrat
  • Paco Imperial

Official Website: www.braziltour.com

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*Note* - Some of the graphics on this page were taken from the CIA World Factbook which contains a wealth of information on every country in the world. I highly recommend it.

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