With all of the hype surrounding this year's FIFA World Cup, oodles of negative press and a commercial spin on the region, it is important to go back to basics. Behind all of the unfinished stadiums and unnecessary price hikes, remember what it is that makes Brazil an exceptional country. Frequented year round by holiday makers, travellers and backpackers alike, Brazil is home to some of the World's most awe-inspiring landmarks and natural phenomenon. Let's discover why people from all corners of the globe love Brazil.
Situated on the border of Argentina and Brazil, Iguassu falls, a UNESCO heritage site, is one of the World's most acoustically stunning natural sites. The thumping sound of water dropping across the 2,700m diameter can be heard before seen - there are over 275 individual drops. Surrounded by subtropical rainforest, Iguassu Falls is a must see sight for anyone traveling to the area.
The Amazon River
Running through a number of countries, including Brazil, the length of the Amazon River is approximately 4000 miles! The river can expand to over 120 miles in wet season and the largest city situated alongside it is Manaus. The variety in species of fish found within the river is in excess of 3,000 with more still being discovered! This is a melting pot of wildlife, flora and fauna and a true exploration opportunity...
Known globally as the most fun and exciting carnival experience on the map, Rio Carnival is a celebration to match all celebrations. Extravagant outfits and an abundance of samba dancing among millions of visitors ensure the event is a spectacle for all. Laced with historical significance, the Carnival is definitely worth visiting.
Another fine example of Brazil's natural beauty, situated at the mouth of Guanabara Bay is Sugarloaf Mountain. One of the most popular sights of Brazil, complete with a glass-walled cable car to fully experience the panoramic views. Sugarloaf Mountain sticks out of the Atlantic Ocean, rising 396 metres above the harbour.
Christ the Redeemer & Corcovado Mountain
Christ the Redeemer is one of the largest art deco statues in the world and arguably the most iconic landmark in Brazil. Situated at the top of the Corcovado Mountain, and one of the seven modern wonders of the world, this is near the top of everyone's list. Scale the hundreds of metres up Corcovado Mountain and marvel at the 30-metre statue whilst trying to divert your attention from the breath-taking views all around you...
Beaches - Copacabana and Ipanema
Famous all over the world, these two beaches are some of the finest in class. Copacabana is home to Rio's famous New Year's celebrations, attracting over 2 million visitors annually! Complemented by a plethora of bars, clubs restaurants and hotels, it is no surprise this 4 kilometre stretch is one of Brazil's top spots! Ipanema, equally as beautiful, is famously known for its elegance. You will find a variety of sports, some native to the area such as footvolley. Once voted the 'sexiest' beach in the world, this is also a huge attraction to surfers in the winter months looking for some enormous waves.
What's around the corner?
If you are planning to go backpacking round South America or Brazil, then there are many popular spots that reside just round the corner from Brazil, some which are too good not to mention!
You can head over to Chile and admire the Andes Mountains, the longest continental mountain range in the world. How about Machu Picchu and the lost city of the Incas? Situated in Peru, the sacred valley is the epitome of backpacking trips.
If you fancy a trip further afield, and you are feeling even more adventurous you can try Elephant Island of Antarctica, the Cape Horn and even the perfectly preserved eco-islands of the Galapagos.
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