If you have heard about Brazil, I bet it was about soccer, jungle or Rio de Janeiro (samba and “caipirinha”, maybe!). A lot of people say “soccer is our national passion” not exactly mine; I prefer the football here than soccer there!). Or maybe they think of the jungle, because we have the huge Amazon Forest. And Rio de Janeiro comes to mind for the beauty, the music, the beaches of the most famous city in the country. But Brazil is not limited to these three points.
Ok, maybe you know about violence, social inequality, the corruption … It all exists and shames me. But today I would like to introduce to others the beautiful places for tourists there.
To begin, money talks; today the dollar is worth almost four times more than our currency, which is called Real. Another note — summer is approaching in Brazil. You can get away from the snow and spend New Year in the country’s tropical climate. Beyond Rio de Janeiro (which I like and recommend), the coast of Brazil is more than 4,000 miles long with over 2,000 beaches.
If you like the heat, go to the Northeast: Bahia, Alagoas and Ceará are the most famous and the temperature is 95 degrees during Summer.
Pernanbuco is beautiful, too. You can find the archipelago of 21 islands in the Atlantic Ocean, almost 200 miles away from the Brazilian Coast. Look for Fernando de Noronha, where waters are ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling.
Farther South, you can meet Florianópolis, the Santa Catarina Island. I realy love it! The Island has more than 40 beaches and a lot of good restaurants.
Other locations include:
Iguazu Falls – you can see 275 natural waterfalls, that stretch 200 to 270 feet high. It is located on the border of Brazil (in the state of Paraná) and Argentina; you can access from both countries.
The Pantanal – With a total area of almost 195,000 square kilometers (or 75,000 square miles), the Pantanal is the largest wetland in the world. The vast majority of it is in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, and extends to Paraguay and Bolivia. A vast tropical wetland, the Pantanal is a very precious resource of Brazil, home to an array of plants and animals species.
Bonito (MS) – Located in the Southern Midwest region of Brazil, Bonito brings together a number of large rivers with clear water, great for freshwater snorkeling.
Brazil through the eyes of an American Tourist
My friend, Kara Hoffman, spent some time in Brazil and wrote a short piece about her experience.
“Iguazu is really interesting because it is basically this giant park that spans across two countries. You can be in Brazil one day visiting a set of waterfalls and head over to Argentina the next day to see different falls! There are lots of different adventures within the parks as well–hiking, zip lining and even taking a raft right up under the falls. Both cities ( Puerto Iguazu in Argentina and Foz do Iguacu in Brazil) are very nice because they are tourist friendly. There are many restaurants available. Also there is a bird sanctuary and a very large dam that creates a good portion of power for Brazil and Paraguay.”
Kara Hoffman lived in Brazil for almost two years and went to Iguazu Falls.
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–This feature written by guest columnist Ale Toniazzo