Discover the hidden treasures of Brazil

Everyone agrees with the fact that 2020 has been a difficult year for all of us. While 2020 was all about staying indoors and staycations, 2021 promises more with COVID vaccines in sight. And what better place to unwind and relax than Brazil? Perfect for those in a mood for exploring the local cultural diversity and at the same time enjoying the beautiful beaches!

One of the frequently visited holiday destinations in the world is Brazil. This largest country in South America is known for its vast stretches of rainforest and stunning beaches. Whether it’s enjoying a boat ride in the Amazon river or exploring the seaside city - Rio de Janeiro or the Iguazu Falls; you will never get bored of this fascinating place.

Brazil is considered the fifth most populous country in the world. This country is home to one-third of the Latin American population. With fertile farmlands, hydroelectric and mining industries, it is one of the world’s major economies. Due to the presence of industries, agriculture and mining, Brazil is a viable destination for business. The country is also famous for having one of the world’s best football teams and has an influx of football fans worldwide. 

São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are the two most visited places. São Paulo, located in Brazil’s Southeast region with the largest economy by GDP in Latin America and the entire Southern hemisphere, is the most vibrant city with a huge population. The wealthiest state in Brazil is also worth visiting for all the art enthusiasts. It consists of some of the best collections in fine arts in the whole of Latin America. Not just the art, but even the buildings in which masterpieces are kept are architectural landmarks. The Museu de Arte, also known as the São Paulo Museum of Art, got international recognition for displaying European art’s best collections. These magnificent art pieces are made by renowned artists from the renaissance to the modern age. Besides art museums, there are quite a few places to see, such as the Ibirapuera Park, Paulista Avenue and Mercado Municipal. The Mercado Municipal also referred to as Mercadão by the locals is a market filled with local cuisines, fresh meats, fish and plenty of unique crafts.

Next on the list of most frequently visited places in Brazil is Rio de Janeiro. This seaside city is the second-most populous municipality in Brazil. Famous for its beaches like the Balneario, the city is known as the Marvelous City due to its natural beauty. Apart from the serene beaches, the giant statue of Christ, the Redeemer on top of the Corcovado mountain is a significant landmark. This statue is also one of the seven wonders and weighs 635 tons and 125 feet in height.

The Amazon forest is another major landmark that will overwhelm you with its sheer beauty! This dense forest extends to Brazil’s northwestern area and into Peru, Colombia, and other South American countries. This world’s largest tropical rainforest is home to thousands of indigenous people from different groups. The incredible forest consists of approximately 1300 different birds, a large insect population, more than 400 mammals, and 10% of the world’s animal and plant species. Besides being densely populated with species, the Amazon basin also plays an important role in controlling the earth’s atmospheric carbon dioxide. This forest also has various trees such as rosewood, Brazil nut, rubber, palm and laurel. Some of the rare species found here include different types of monkeys, red deer, jaguar, capybara, pink river dolphins, giant anteater, golden lion tamarin, poison dart frog and Kinkajou.

Last but not least, when you’re in Brazil do try out some of their local delicacies. The most famous being Moqueca, barbecue meat, Cachaça, Pão de queijo, and Quindim. In addition to the Amazon forests, beaches, and delicacies, you’ll remember Brazil for its amazing vibes and diverse culture.

----  Akhila
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