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Country Introduction



They say that Brazil is one of the happiest countries in the world. Indeed it is because many of the customs and traditions of Brazil have to do with dance, music, rhythm and sport. Among them, we find the Capoeira, a Martial Art performed by African slaves that Brazil has incorporated as its own.
Carnival/Reveillon  is an event that is celebrated as a national holiday in which all dance to the rhythm of the “Samba Schools”, during those days, thousands of people gather near the Sambodromo to watch the colorful parade with floats and huge musicians, dancers and samba. 

The Bossa Nova-Brazil’s most worldwide renowned music style- appeared in the late fifties, driven by a group of middle-class  students and musicians from Copacabana and Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro , from the neighbourhoods  next to the beach. The name can be translated as "new rhythm" or "new way". In Brazil, to do something with "bossa" is to do it with particular charm and natural flair, as in an innate ability

Brazil is the giant of the Latin American region. It is the world’s fifth largest nation in terms of area and population and the only Portuguese-speaking country in the Americas.  Its landmass is far larger than Europe combined and at 35-times larger in area than the United Kingdom, Brazil is not a country to be explored in just a couple of days.


Numerous archipelagos are part of the Brazilian territory, such as Fernando de Noronha,  Atol das Rocas, Saint Peter and Paul Rocks,  Trindade and Martim Vaz. 

This continental size country is also home to a diversity of wildlife, natural environments, and extensive natural resources in a variety of protected habitats.

Brazil starts in the North with the undiscovered wonders of the Amazon, with its man-made oasis’s of Manaus and Belem acting as gateways to comfortable lodges in the heart of the rainforest.


The Northeast, with its mix of tropical beaches and culture, is Brazil’s very own holiday playground. It spreads from Maranhão in the North to Bahia in the South by way of such popular coastal destinations as São Luiz, Jericoacoara, Fortaleza, Natal, João Pessoa, Olinda, Recife, Porto de Galinhas, Maceió, Praia do Forte, Salvador, Morro de São Paulo, Trancoso and Itacaré.

In total Brazil has more than 4500 miles (7.360 km) of warm and white beaches.


Away from the coast there is the Central West and the striking contrast between Brazil’s futuristic capital, Brasília, and the Pantanal, Brazil’s own Wild West that holds one of the largest and richest reserves of wildlife known to man.

As well as being home to Rio de Janeiro, the South East of Brazil is where São Paulo and nearly half of Brazil’s population of 190 million are located. Latin America’s largest industrial and commercial Centre, São Paulo is the economic engine that pulls the Brazilian economy. Most flights from Europe go straight to São Paulo, and if you are doing business in Brazil you will need to spend some time in the city and that will allow you to discover why it is one of the world’s great cosmopolitan Centre’s.


The South East is also the location of the historic towns of Minas Gerais that make up one of the great colonial legacies of a country full of artistic and architectural masterpieces.


Last, but by no means least, there is the prosperous South, a sub-tropical region that has been influenced by countless European immigrants who have flourished over the centuries. It is the region that is responsible for Brazil’s fine wines and outstanding beef, as well as one of the world’s great natural wonders and most popular tourist sites in Latin America – the waterfalls at Foz do Iguaçu.


There is much to see and discover in Brazil, so come and unlock the doors to this fascinating country that with an everlasting warm tropical sun and 4500 miles of white-sand beaches,  coconut groves and mango trees, of music and dance, of baroque colonial towns and villages, plus impressive cities of 21st century opulence and sophistication is one of the most exciting destinations for any holiday.

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