The mythical Amazon forest, the lungs of the planet, and its indomitable queen, the Amazon River, give the country not only its ravaging beauty, but also make it one of the world's most important ecological footholds. However, Brazil is not only a country of astounding natural beauty, it also boasts a rich and extensive culture, best felt during the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro. Let the sounds of the rain forest and the rhythms of Samba guide you as you explore this massive country with its abandons of magical sites.Architecture:
A country's architecture is undeniably linked with its history and culture this makes it an intrinsic part of the country's identity. With this in mind the multitudes of architectural styles which form the foundation of Brazil perfectly underline the country's multi-layered personality. The spirit of the past whispers through colonial buildings that dominate the city of Salvador - Brazil's colonial capital. Visit the cities of Olinda and Minas Gerais to marvel at fascinating examples of 19 century Baroque. If examples of modernist architecture are more to your taste do not despair, Oscar Niemeyer, one of the world's most well-known modernist architects, has left a clear imprint on Brazil's architecture, with the country' capital, Brasilia, being a must see for any enthusiast of the modernist style.The cities:
When planning a trip to Brazil do not limit yourself to a choice between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo. While these cities are undeniable gems and a must-see they are by far not the only places worth visiting when in Brazil. Brasilia, which in recent years has experience a huge cultural boom, is home to a number of fascinating museums, a buzzing nightlife, and awe inspiring sunsets not to mention top-shelf restaurants. Salvador is Brazil's former colonial capital, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding array of 17th and 18th century colonial buildings. Built at a time when Brazil was the source of Portugal's wealth, plentiful gold was lavished on Salvador's religious buildings. Visit the Pelourinho, the heart of the old city, and you will discover the most beautiful pastel-coloured churches and monasteries in South America.Minas Gerais, which is one state north of Rio, is a perfect place to explore. Surrounded by a mesmerising waterfall-studded countryside, which is dotted with romantic 18 century colonial mining villages, it is nothing if not a feast for the soul.Wildlife:
The Amazon rainforest, which dominates the country's heartland, is not only considered as "the lungs" of our plant, but is also home to the largest number of animal and plant species in the world. While undeniably worth seeing, the rainforest can be tricky to reach and the tours can be pricy. But do not despair apart from the Amazon Brazil is also home to numerous national parks including the largest wetlands in the world - the Pantanal. Not only is it a natural marvel and one of the country's best value spots, it is also much better for spotting wild animals.Island retreat:
No trip to Brazil would be complete without a visit to at least one of the many islands located on its territory. The country's islands have something to offer to any type of traveller, whether it's buzzing metropolitan streets of Florianópolis and Vitoria, or clear emerald waters bursting with marine life of the Fernando de Noronha Archipelago, or unspoiled tropical white sand beaches and forests of Ilha Grande.A football nation:
Few things are as synonymous with Brazil as football (soccer). While not the birthplace of the sport, Brazil is without a doubt its homeland. Since its introduction in the late 1800s by a Scottish expatriate, football has become a part of the county's identity and its national sport. Despite the national team's humble beginnings, today Brazil boasts a record five World Cup trophies as well as having qualified for every single World Cup tournament since the competition's inauguration. With all this in mind attending a match while in Brazil should be on top of any to-do list. Or if live sport events are not your thing visit Sao Paolo's football museum where an enjoyable time is guaranteed for the whole family regardless of whether you are a fan of the sport or not.
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