23 Amazing Reasons To Visit Brazil This Year
The Amazon rainforest makes up a large area within Brazil, which means that the country is home to thousands of different animal species. Furthermore, it is generally accepted that only a small fraction of the species in existence have actually been discovered so far – there are thousands more which have never been seen or recorded yet.
As a result, Brazil is considered to be one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, which is something to be incredibly proud of. It’s estimated that the rainforest contains well over 100,000 different animal species (including alligators, freshwater dolphins and manatees) and as many as 40,000 plant species – with several new discoveries being made each and every week!
In simple terms, energy independence is when a country doesn’t have to rely on anybody else for energy and fuel production. Depending on local resources, different countries produce different amounts of fuel, so the importing and exporting of energy is common practice amongst many countries.
However, Brazil can proudly say that they don’t need to import fuel from anyone else: they are 100% energy independent. Brazil does have its own supply of oil and gas resources, but over the course of several decades they have taken steps to develop alternative, more sustainable energy resources. As a result, the use of ethanol to power cars has been a major contributing factor to Brazil’s energy independence.
To the outside world, Brazil is seen as the party capital of the world. Good times, party atmospheres and samba dances course through the veins of the Brazilian people. Never is this more evident than during )the carnival which takes place in Rio de Janeiro)[http://www.rio-carnival.net] each February.
The carnival generally lasts for around four or five days; it’s characterized by street parades, extravagant floats and performances by Brazilian samba dance schools. The Rio carnival is such an iconic, famous part of Brazilian culture that it’s something you simply have to experience at least once before you die!
Despite what you and I might know about food and drink in general, I’m sure I’m not the only one who had never really given much past thought to sweet Brazilian treats. However, I didn’t know what I was missing.
Brigadeiros are a cross between chocolate truffles and bitesize chocolate desserts. They are very common in Brazil, being brought out at parties, celebrations, or just for a treat! Made from a combination of condensed milk, cocoa powder and butter, complete with a coating of chocolate sprinkles, brigadeiros are very easy to make at home. There are thousands of recipes online which will outline all the steps, meaning that you can try one of Brazil’s best chocolate treats anywhere in the world!
The Hot Air Balloon
Technically, we’re not talking about the hot air balloon itself here. This is more about the precursor to the hot air balloon – would you believe it was another invention to originate in Brazil?
This story dates back to the first part of the 18th Century – a whole 74 years before the first proper hot air balloon flew. In this case, a Jesuit priest in Brazil called Bartolomeu de Gusmão saw a soap bubble floating through the air, which planted a seed of the idea that something less dense than air should be able to rise. Within a matter of months, he had created a series of successful prototypes which astounded everyone who saw them. So impressive were his ideas that he was granted exclusive permission to develop flying machines; the result (which he called ‘Passarola’) was the first real pioneering design which led to the introduction of hot air balloons and other more modern flying machines some years later!