Discovered 500 years ago when Pedro Alvares Cabral arrived at Porto Seguro, Brazil is larger than the whole western Europe, united by a strong national identity, eternally youthful, with an innate optimism and sense of fun. Brazilians of Portuguese, African, European and Japanese descent share a love of music, dance and football while working to create a modern land which currently boasts the ninth largest economy in the world.
Brazil is made up several distinct regions : the green hilly regions like Sao Paulo, the plains of the Northeast and Rio Grande do Sul, and the extensive water falls of Iguaçu, set in subtropical forest. The whole coastline has glorious palm-fringed beaches, such as Praia do Forte and bays dotted with tropical islands, like the wonderfully secluded Fernando de Noronha.
Brazil is perhaps best known as home to the Amazon Rainforest, the largest and most species-rich area of rainforest in the world. There are many lodges and riverboat cruises which will allow you to explore the rainforest and feel completely detached from the modern world.
The seasonal floodplain of the Pantanal
is a paradise for bird-watchers and nature-lovers. See our Pantanal
section for more information about when to go and what you
Brazil's history is punctuated with booms and recessions, gold, diamonds, coffee and rubber, generating immense wealth and poverty. This wealth is reflected in the remarkable colonial architecture, painting and sculpture that can be appreciated particularly in Salvador, the Northeast, and in the states of Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais.
The climate of Brazil varies considerably from the tropics in the North and the more temperate South. Temperatures in the North are consistently high and do not vary much, whereas in the South there is a much more noticeable difference between summer (November - February) and winter (June - August).
See our climate chart for more
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