23 Amazing Reasons To Visit Brazil This Year
Brazil. The land of soccer (or football, depending on your viewpoint). The land of samba, of party atmospheres, and of blue skies.
This is the largest country in South America – in fact, it’s so large that it takes up almost half the area of the entire continent. As such, I’m pretty sure that it’s one of the most diverse countries in the world. With thriving cities, dense rainforests and pristine beaches, this is a country that has something for everyone. If you haven’t visited yet, I can’t urge you to go enough. You simply don’t know what you’re missing.
Brazil is such a beautiful country that has so much to offer both tourists and the locals alike. If you’re Brazilian then below you’ll find some things which should make you proud of your country; if you’re from elsewhere in the world then here are a few facts to whet your travelling whistle!
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As a continent, South America is famous for being home to the Amazon rainforest, which is the world’s largest remaining rainforest. Not only is it the largest, but its area also makes up more than half of that found on the entire planet. However, you might be surprized to learn that the Amazon is actually split over several countries, including Bolivia, Peru and Colombia; 60% of it lies within Brazil.
The Amazon rainforest contains literally thousands of different animal and plant species – and those are just the ones that have been discovered so far. As a result, it’s a huge resource for exploration, discovery and research. Deforestation poses a huge risk to the Amazon rainforest, both because of the losses to life and habitats that would ensue, and because of the overall beneficial impact that the rainforest has on the environment.
You’re probably already familiar with Oscar Niemeyer, even if not by name. He was one of the world’s best known architects ever to have lived; he was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1907. Unbelievably, he lived until very recently – he died shortly before his 105th birthday in 2012.
During his impressive lifetime, Niemeyer designed numerous famous buildings all around the world. Perhaps the Cathedral of Brasilia and the Niterói Contemporary Art Museum are his best known, although he also collaborated with other architects on the United Nations HQ in New York. It’s easy to spot many of Niemeyer’s designs, which usually incorporate striking, stylish curves instead of straight lines and angles.
Petrobras is not only one of Brazil’s biggest and best known companies – it’s also one of the best known businesses in the whole world. This energy giant has received a lot of negative press lately, but that isn’t the reason why they’re so well known.
The energy and gas industry is often criticized for having a negative impact on the environment, but Petrobras takes this very seriously. They work hard to preserve nature, create sustainable energy sources, but they don’t stop there. This company also takes great responsibility within other social and cultural areas of life, both in Brazil and in other countries around the world.
Sports fanatics will know Rubens Barrichello as the Formula 1 racing driver who has become an iconic name within the sport. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1972, Barrichello started racing at a very young age. From there he rose through the ranks to become one of the best respected names within Formula 1, one of the highest and most prodigious levels of motor racing.
Rubens Barrichello competed in his first Formula 1 race in 1993; he enjoyed a long-running career, retiring in 2011. In 2010 he made history by becoming the first driver to achieve 300 entries and 300 starts in Grand Prix races, which firmly set his name in the record books. In an appropriate turn of events, his final race took place in his home country of Brazil.
Brazil is famous for its party atmosphere, and a party wouldn’t be a party without a few drinks, would it? The caipirinha is Brazil’s answer – you could even go as far as describing it as Brazil’s national drink.
Cachaça is a popular Brazilian beverage made from sugar cane and alcohol, and this is the main ingredient that goes into cairprinhas. Throw in even more sugar and some fresh lime and your traditional Brazilian cocktail is ready! If you’re feeling adventurous then you can try one of the many variations on the original (which are made using other types of fruit), but otherwise you should keep it simple for a true taste of Brazil!