Top 10 Reasons to Visit Brazil

Football fans in Brazil shirts inside National Mane Garrincha Stadium for World Cup match, Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil
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The 2016 Olympic Games put the spotlight on Rio de Janiero and is gave the world an extra dose of exposure to Brazil. If watching the games put a trip to Brazil on your bucket list, read on for the best reasons to visit this bustling country.

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    Brazilian Beaches

    Ipanema Beach
    ••• Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro. Fernando Maia/Riotur

    With more than 2,000 beaches that stretch along Brazil's shoreline and more than 1,000 islands dot the Atlantic Ocean within the country's limits, a trip to the beach is a must do while in the country. While many of them are densely populated, many are preserved ecological sanctuaries.

     

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    Natural Wonders

    Cotovelo Trail in Itaimbezinho Canyon.
    ••• Cotovelo Trail in Itaimbezinho Canyon. Courtesy of Cânyon Turismo

    The Amazon River and Rainforest and Iguaçu Falls are the most famous natural attractions in a country that has 62 National Parks and hundreds of conservation areas.

    Brazil proudly holds several records for its wildlife numbers and diversity. This was a result of the urgent need to preserve endangered natural treasures ​and has inspired a surge in ecotourism and responsible travel initiatives. This effort is making it possible for more travelers to enjoy Brazil in a sustainable way and preserving the best of Brazil for local communities.

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    Cities & Towns

    Praça da Liberdade, in Belo Horizonte
    ••• Praça da Liberdade, in Belo Horizonte. The area is home to several newly developed cultural attractions. Lúcia Sebe/Imprensa MG

    Despite all the questionable aspects of 2016 Olympics, the games have been a catalyst for several changes for the better in the host city and beyond. Many capitalized on the surge of visitors by instituting new cultural attractions, hotels, restaurants, and much more.  

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    Brazilian People & Culture

    Football fans in Brazil shirts inside National Mane Garrincha Stadium for World Cup match, Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil
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    For hundreds of years, Brazilian culture has been in the making by people with very diverse ethnic and cultural heritages. A glorious mix of diversity is imprinted in the culture that has resulted in purely Brazilian items, celebrations, and traditions such as the bossa nova, capoeira, and the yellow soccer jersey.

    Strong cultural resilience also sustains, for example, for the people of indigenous origin as well as African-Brazilians, who are reaffirming their sense of identity through their rich culture.

    With so much diversity, it's safe to say that the people who have created Brazil are, as a rule, friendly to foreign tourists.

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    Celebrations and Events

    Ongoing Festas Juninas 2014 in Recife
    ••• Ongoing Festas Juninas 2014 in Recife, a World Cup host city. Andréa Rêgo Barros/PCR

    Yes, we have Carnival. And because it's a countrywide celebration, smaller, up-and-coming cities are gradually drawing more and more attention in addition to celebration leaders of Rio, Salvador, Recife and Olinda.

    However, there's much more to the Brazilian calendar. For example, many international travelers have discovered that Reveillon, the Brazilian New Year, is as much fun as Carnival. Here's a sample of the diversity of Brazil's festivals and events:

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    Brazilian Cuisine

    Chef Alex Atala
    ••• Chef Alex Atala (D.O.M., Dalva e Dito). Courtesy of D.O.M.

    Brazilian barbecue has gained international attention from upscale restaurants around the world. Picture open fire pits tended in the fields of Rio Grande do Sul by gaúchos (South American cowboys) to get a taste of what Brazilian barbecue is really like.

    However, Brazilian food is not just barbecue. Great chefs, inspired by the country's diversity of native ingredients and regional traditions, are writing a whole new chapter in Brazil food. One of the best ways to get in touch with this diversity is through one of Brazil's many food festivals or one of the many authentic restaurants.

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    Travel-Friendly Weather

    Búzios, in Rio de Janeiro State
    ••• Búzios, in Rio de Janeiro State, a town with a great chance of sunshine. Marte Oliveira

    In Brazil, the right timing can improve your chances of finding a place where the sky is blue and the temperature invites you to be outdoors.

    Fall and winter travel in a great time to be in Brazil. Imagine cool sunrises, warm and sunny days and clear, chilly nights, that are perfect for cuddling by the fireplace.

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    Brazil Hotels and Pousadas

    Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge
    ••• Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge in the Amazon. Courtesy of Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge

    Choosing a place to stay can be challengeing, but only because there are so many wonderful options.

    In fact, some accommodations can be considered destinations in themselves, such as rainforest lodges and charming pousadas.

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  • 09 of 10

    Tourism is a Priority to Brazil

    Mangal das Garças in Belém
    ••• Mangal das Garças in Belém, Pará. The state's tourism campaign slogan is 'A obra-prima da Amazônia' (The Amazon's Masterpiece). Patricia Ribeiro

    Brazil's Ministry of Tourism and state administration have been investing in their towns and cities to make visiting as easy as possible for tourists.  That translates into better roads, more jobs, an improvement of community life, and many other benefits that are turning Brazil into a very desirable destination.

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    A Gateway to South America

    Brazil has awesome neighbors. Make it your hub to some of the greatest attractions in South America in  Argentina,  PeruPatagonia and many more!