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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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!
Famous Soccer Players
Soccer is one of the most popular sports which is both played and followed in countries all around the world. Arguably, few countries are more soccer-oriented than Brazil, which has bred not only one of the most successful national soccer teams in the world, but some of the world’s most talented players.
Pélé, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo are three of the best names to come out of Brazil in the world of sport. Together, these three players have achieved five FIFA World Cup wins, two entries into the Guinness Book of World Records, one win of the FIFA Player of the Century award, five wins of FIFA World Player of the Year and much, much more!
The Personal Stereo
Brazil is famous for many things; its sport, its culture and its landmarks to name just a few. However, Brazil is also the home to many inventions which are now used all around the world – although you’d never guess they originated in South America!
First up is the personal stereo. Contrary to popular belief, Sony were not the first to come up with the idea of a portable music player. A man named Andreas Pavel was living in São Paulo in the late 1960s when he came up with the idea, which he originally called the ‘stereobelt’. After long legal battles with Sony, he is now able to say that he invented the portable music player, and he even received a large amount of compensation from the audio technology giants. This story is proof of the fact that one person’s simple idea can grow exponentially into something that takes over the lives of millions of people around the world!
These days we all seem to be looking for the newest and the best superfoods which will transform our lives and turn us into super-efficient physical beings. One of the best known superfoods is called ‘acai’ – it’s a fruit which can be found in Brazil.
Acai berries are small and dark purple in color. Although they can be eaten on their own, they’re normally added to smoothies and fruit juices which make it easy to consume a large number of nutrients quickly. They also make delicious additions to desserts and sauces. Acai berries are high in antioxidants, meaning that they help to remove harmful toxins from the body. This leads to higher energy levels, improved circulation, better digestion, and many other benefits to overall health as well!
Many people wrongly assume that Spanish is the official language of Brazil, but in fact that isn’t the case. Portuguese is Brazil’s official language; Brazil is the only country in South America where this is the case.
However, just because Portuguese is the official language, it doesn’t mean that all others are excluded. On the contrary: over 180 different languages are spoken in Brazil, which is hardly surprising considering that it’s such a large country. This is more than most countries, but the benefit is that no matter where you’re from in the world or what language you speak, if you visit Brazil there’s likely to be at least some people with whom you can communicate!