The Adventures Not to Be Missed in Brazil
Brazil is the place to be for your holidays this season. This South American nation has some of the most beautiful beaches and vivacious culture. Brazil is also home to the largest rain forest in the world and a platform for the biggest river systems by volume. All the way from the samba beaches of Rio de Janeiro to the eco-tourism center of Bonito, Brazilian cities are bustling with carnival atmosphere. Probably you are now planning to visit Brazil; the following are some of the most interesting places to visit during your trip.
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro is the most animated city in the world. Due to its famous mountains, landmarks, beaches, and Carnival festival, Rio remains the most visited city in South America. The city also hosts one of the largest harbors surrounded by several natural attractions, which include the Sugarloaf and the Corcovado mountains, and some of the famous beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema. Christ the redeemer is the famous statue standing tall at the height of 39.6 meters located at the peak of the 700 meters Corcovado Mountain. This famous statue has become an icon of Rio and Brazil.
This is one of the most amazing natural features in the world. Iguazu falls is a series of waterfalls found on the Iguazu River, overlapping the border between Brazil and Argentina. The falls create a breathtaking spectacle while their beauty is fairly enhanced by the surrounding lush forest crowded in exotic wildlife. The gateway to the falls on the side of Brazil is Foz do Iguacu, a city (Image by mark goble).
This is one of the oldest cities in the Americas and also Brazil,s third largest city and the capital of Bahia state. This historic old city has some of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil, lively culture and its one of the world’s biggest carnival celebrations center.
The Amazon River is the second longest river in the world. With a length of 6,400 km, the Amazon River is slightly shorter than the Nile. The river has over 3,000 recognized species of fish while there are many more species that have not yet been discovered. Its basin is covered with half of the Planet’s remaining rainforests. The amazon rainforest has nearly a tenth of the world’s 10 million species of wild animals. However, jungle tours are not necessarily about going into the forest but boating upriver(Image By Eyal Anschel).
Pantanal is the world’s largest wetland covering mostly parts of Western Brazil but extends into Bolivia and Paraguay. This is one of the major tourist attractions in Brazil due to its large number of wild animals and unlike the amazon, in Pantanal you are guaranteed to see the animals. It is also home to one of the largest jaguar populations in the Americas. You will also find Capybara and Yacare here in millions.
This is a well preserved colonial city. Olinda is located on the Atlantic coast, northeastern state of Pernambuco. It is found on a hilltop surrounded by trees. Olinda has a number of major tourist sites like churches, the famous carnival of Olinda, the historic downtown area. There are also many good restaurants, bars and craftspeople studios offering excellent services to their customers.
Finally, the Brazilian culture is unique and complex. It is one of the world’s most diverse cultures with people from different nationalities. European domination and slavery brought hordes of Africans into the country influencing the ancient custom and ideas. Brazil is one country you should make a point to visit.
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