ABOUT Brazil

Brazil

Brazil

Following three centuries of Portuguese rule Brasil finally gained independence in 1822.

Slavery was abolished in 1888 & the establishment of an organized railway system helped to push expansion into the interior to tap into natural resources. 1889 Brasil was declared a Federative Republic & the Constitution was validated.

By far the largest & most populous country in South America - 8.511,965 sq kms with 175 million inhabitants - it shares International borders with every South American nation, with the exceptions of Chile & Ecuador.

Brasil extends from 10 degrees south of the equator to 33 degrees south & has a climate that ranges from temperate to hot & humid in the interior & rainforest regions of the Amazon Basin.

Brasil has overcome a half century of military intervention in governing the country, to pursue agricultural & industrial growth & development of the vast interior.

By virtue of its ability, to harness both the immense labour pool & to exploit the huge natural resources of minerals, timber & agricultural land, it has risen to become South Americas leading economic power. However, it remains beset with high levels of unequal distribution of wealth & is striving to overcome widely scattered illiteracy. 17% of the population are considered to be living below the poverty line.

The capital, Brasilia is a 'designed' city, constructed specifically to house the legislature & located nearly 800kms inland from the Atlantic coast. There are 26 States that together form the Federal Republic of Brasil & its largest cities are Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro.

From an environmental standpoint, Brasil is home to one of the worlds most prolific, yet endangered ecosystems - the Amazon Basin & the region within known as the Pantanal.

The Amazon is the world's largest biological reserve. It has unequaled natural resources & one third of the planet's living species make it their home. The rivers within the Amazon basin account for one fifth of the world's fresh water & act as 'roads' to the interior extremities of the country.

The Panatanal is an enormous wilderness region containing forests meadows & savannahs. Unlike the Amazon's dense foliage which makes for difficult spotting of birds & animals, the Pantanal is a photographer's, bird & nature lover's delight as wildlife & both indigenous & migratory birds flock to the region to breed.

Here, great numbers of beautiful & rare birds, reptiles, fish & mammals, including the largest rodent - capybaras - & rare leopards can be observed.

From a tourism standpoint, Brasil draws its international visitors not only for the ecological wonders, but equally its high profile events such as Carnaval held annually in the glitz & glamour of Rio de Janeiro. This city captures the imagination of romantics be it Carnival, honeymoons or simply to be able to have experienced the sights & their feet in the sands of the Copacabana, Ipanema & Leblon beaches.

Brasil is much, much more than just cities, beaches & eco-regions. It is more-so the culture, the people, the pulse & beat of Samba & the immense diversity that comes from a country that touches the Caribbean, the Andes & the Atlantic.

Itineraries in Brazil
Captivating Rio do Janeiro

Captivating Rio do Janeiro

Taste of Rio

Taste of Rio

Amazon Encounter

Amazon Encounter

Samba & Rainforest

Samba & Rainforest

Salvador de Bahia & Praia do Forte

Salvador de Bahia & Praia do Forte

Amazon Encounter with LATAM

Amazon Encounter with LATAM

Sao Paulo Stopover

Sao Paulo Stopover

South America Horizons

South America Horizons

South America at its Best

South America at its Best

Exotic Buenos Aires, Iguazu & Rio do Janeiro

Exotic Buenos Aires, Iguazu & Rio do Janeiro

*** Rio optional sightseeing

*** Rio optional sightseeing

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