April, 31
Laura Fajardo & Demaris Hicks

Geography of Brazil

Brazil is the largest country in South America and covers nearly half (47%) of the South American continent. It is currently the fifth largest economy in the world, is home to the Amazon Rainforest and is a popular location for tourism. Brazil is also rich in natural resources and active in world issues such as climate change, giving it significance on a worldwide scale.

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is the capital city of the state of Rio de Janeiro and is second largest city in the South American country of Brazil. "Rio" as the city is commonly abbreviated is also the third largest metropolitan area in Brazil. It is considered one of the main tourist destinations in the Southern Hemisphere and is famous for its beaches, Carnaval celebration and various landmarks such as the statue of Christ the Redeemer.


Brazil usually has six climatic regions which includes the tropical rainforest, tropical wet and dry,hot semiarid,tropical monsoon, humid subtropical highland. (the equator traverses the mouth of the Amazon) from the tropical north.


Since 1970s government has given funding priority to roads and highways.São Paulo, Rio de Janeirio,and other major cities. The rail network, in proportion to highways, relatively small.The rail lines cover only 30,129 kilometer, of which 2,150 kilometer electrified.


The cultures of the indigenous Indians, Africans, and Portuguese have together formed the modern Brazilian way of life. The Portuguese culture is by far the dominant of these influences;from it Brazilians acquired their language, their main religion, and most of their customs.Africans influence on the Brazilian way of life are strongest along the coast between the Northeast and Rio de Janerio; they include traditional foods,religions, and popular music and dance, especially the samba. commerical and cultural imports from Europe and North American have often competed with-and influenced-Brazilians' own cultural output, and critics have argued that the nation's cultural identity is suffering as a result.   


Brazil food is diverse and delicious. The food can vary by region and it will reflect the mix of native and immigrant populations of the area. The national beverage is coffee, and cachaca is the native liqour which is distilled from sugar cane. Carura is a dish that is made with dried shrimp, onion, okra, and toasted nuts, and it is cooked with palm oil. Fruits include the mango, guava, passion fruit, oranges, acai, and pineapple


If you are heading to São Paulo, you can keep the little ones occupied with theme parks, a science museum, zoo and Butantã (a snake study centre). The city also has a range of sporting arenas, shows and public parks. Siqueira Campos Park offers a good break from the bustle of the city with its several small play areas featuring swings, teeter-totters and slides.


One historical sites is Belo Horizonte. It is the third largest city in Brazil. Belo is famous for its look of colonial architecture. Another one is Paraty. Paraty is an old town is from the 17th century. It is one of the most important ports for Brazil. Another one is Rio de Janerio. One of there most famous sites is the statue of the Jesus on the hill. One other one is town Olinda. It was founded in the 16th century. The town closely resembled a sugar-cane industry. The town contains several chapels and is one of the most historical sites in Brazil.


Brazil is one of the best places to visit in this world. Many tourists across the world come to enjoy the splendid experience that many of the places in Brazil provide.Brazil has a wide range of diverse tourist options to offer to its visitors. The most visited places in Brazil basically cover Fernando de Noronha Island, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. While exploring the whole country the transport facilities help the visitors help a lot. Bus, metros, railways, tram ways are considered to be the major transports of Brazil. There are also several airports in Brazil.


Barra Shopping is a shopping mall in Brazil. It is located in the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro. It opened on October 27, 1981. The Barra Shopping has 577 stores, is 120,000 m² in size, and is usually wrongly said to be the biggest mall in Latin America, title which no longer holds since Venezuela has a 620,000 m². Even inside Brazil, the biggest mall as of 2009 is the Shopping Aricanduva in São Paulo *

Insider Travel Tips

+After 16 years as Creative Director and Head of Design for Diesel, Wilbert Das decided to turn his creative hand to the hotel world. In 2009 he bought a bolthole on the coastline just south of Salvador, which he intended to use as a holiday home, but plans and ideas grew and the holiday home is now a five-star boutique hotel called UXUA. Since Bahia got under his skin, Wilbert has been exploring the area, and we asked him to share his favourite places in Salvador…


There have been a number of violent clashes betweeen the police and protestors in the Pavao-Pavaon favela area of Rio de Janeiro. these clashes are also affecting parts of copacabana. Take extra care and avoid any large gatherings. Monitor local media and follow the guidance of local authorities.   

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