Friday, 7 September 2012

Brazil



Introducing Brazil
Federative Republic of Brazil is the largest country in South America. Brazil was a colony of Portugal
It is the world's fifth largest country, Brazil is the largest Lusophone country in the world, and the only one in the Americas. Bordered on the east by The Atlantic Ocean , on the north by Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and the French overseas region of French Guiana; on the northwest by Colombia; on the west by Bolivia and Peru; on the southwest by Argentina and Paraguay and on the south by Uruguay

Brazil is a dazzling country of powdery white-sand beaches, pristine rain forests and wild, rhythm-filled metropolises. Brazil’s attractions extend from enchanting, frozen-in-time colonial towns to dramatic landscapes of red-rock canyons, thundering waterfalls and idyllic tropical islands. Add to that, Brazil’s biodiversity: legendary in scope, its diverse ecosystems boast the greatest collection of plant and animal

Numerous archipelagos form part of Brazilian territory, such as Fernando de Noronha, Rocas Atoll, Saint Peter and Paul Rocks, and Trindade and Martim Vaz.  It borders all other South American countries except Ecuador and Chile.


Basic Information
Capital                     Brasília
Largest city              São Paulo
Language                 Portuguese
Government             Federal presidential constitutional republic
President                  Dilma Rousseff
Vice President          Michel Temer
Currency                  Real (R$) (BRL)
Time zone BRT        (UTC−2 to −4)
Internet TLD            .br
Calling code             +55


Culture
The culture of Brazil is derived from Portuguese culture, because of its strong colonial ties with the Portuguese empire. Among other influences, the Portuguese introduced the Portuguese language, Roman Catholicism and colonial architectural styles. However, The culture was also strongly influenced by African, Italian, German and other European as well Japanese and Arab immigrants who arrived in large numbers in the South and Southeast of Brazil.


Administrative Divisions
Brazil is a federation composed of 26 States, one Federal district (which contains the capital city, Brasília) and Municipalities.

List of Largest Cities in Brazil
1 São Paulo         
11 Belo Horizonte         
2 Belém    
12 São Gonçalo  
3 Rio de Janeiro        
13 Manaus                     
4 Goiânia   Goiás
14 Maceió   Alagoas
5 Salvador                       
15 Curitiba                    
6 Guarulhos
16 Duque de Caxias    
7 Brasília              
17 Recife                         
8 Campinas
18 Teresina Piauí
9 Fortaleza                         
19 Porto Alegre    
10 São Luís        
20 Natal    


São Paulo
São Paulo is a major cultural centre. The city has an ethnically diverse metropolitan area, with predominant Italian, Portuguese and African background. It also has a significant number of Spanish, Arab and Japanese descendents. São Paulo is known for its varied and sophisticated cuisine, ranging from Chinese to French, from fast food chains to five star restaurants.  Other venues such as bars, pubs, lounges and discos cater to a variety of music tastes. São Paulo is home to the São Paulo Museum of Art.

Not just style, but several styles lives there, that give that unique accent from the people’s or only one way to “walk in a hurry” in the streets. With streets full of people, cars and motorcycles, São Paulo moves during all day long, evolving, transforming, creating things for us, for our family. Things that never end. Even when we go to sleep, São Paulo doesn’t stop. It continues, always lively, ready for all tastes and needs.

                                                           Avenida Paulista, São Paulo


                                                              Luz Station São Paulo

                                                                São Paulo, Brazil

                                                               São Paulo, Brazil

                                                            São Paulo, Brazil


Brazilia
Brasília  is the federal capital of Brazil and the seat of government of the Federal District. The city is located in the Federal District, and is in the Central-West region of the country, along a plateau known as Planalto

Tourist attractions include:
1. Chapada dos Veadeiros – A National Park with plenty of cerrado wildlife and surrounded
    by several waterfalls.
2. Itiquira Falls – this 168 m-high waterfall is just over 100 km from Brasília, in the municipality
    of Formosa, Goiás.
3. Caldas Novas – The largest natural hot springs resort in the world.
4. Pirenópolis – The city, located 150 km from Brasília.
5. Goiás Velho – Former capital of the State of Goiás, filled with Portuguese colonial architecture.

                                                             Brazilia City



                                                                Itiquira Falls, Brazilia


Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city in the southern hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, Bossa Nova, balneario beaches such as Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. Rio's Maracanã Stadium will also host the final match for 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Rio de Janeiro is Brazil's primary tourist attraction and resort.  The city sports world-class hotels, approximately 80 kilometres of beachland, and the famous Corcovado and Sugarloaf mountains.




Salvador, Bahia
São Salvador da Bahia de Todos os Santos, in English: "City of the Holy Saviour of the Bay of all Saints" is the largest city on the northeast coast of Brazil and the capital of the Northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia.
Salvador is the nexus of an incredible arts movement. Wild festivals happen frequently, with drum corps pounding out powerful rhythms against the backdrop of colonial buildings almost daily. At night, capoeira circles form on plazas and open spaces, while the scent of acarajé (bean and shrimp fritters) and other African delights fills the evening air. Elsewhere in town, a different spirit flows through the crowd as religious followers celebrate and reconnect with African gods at mystical Candomblé ceremonies. In fact, there’s no other place in the world where descendants of African slaves have preserved their heritage as well as in Salvador.

Interesting Places near Salvador 
The Guardian,
Porto da Barra Beach was the 3rd best in the world.
The large island of Itaparica in the Bay of All Saints can be visited either by a car-ferry, or a smaller foot-passenger ferry, which leaves from near the Mercado Modelo near the Lacerda Elevator.
BA-099 Highway, or "Line of Coconut" and "Green Line" of towns and cities, with exquisite beaches, north of Salvador heading towards Sergipe state.
Morro de São Paulo in the Valença region across the Bay of All Saints – an island that can be reached by ferry from Salvador (1 hour), by plane, or by bus to Valença and then by 'Rapido' ('fast') speedboat or smaller ferry. Morro de São Paulo is formed by five villages of the Tinharé Island. The city is served by many shopping malls: Shopping Iguatemi, Salvador Shopping, Shopping Barra, and Shopping Paralela.

                                        Famous Supermodel Adriana Lima bon in Salvador
                                                       View more

                                                        Porto da Barra Beach  Salvador



                                                           São Salvador da Bahia 





Brazil Other Destinations
a.  Amazonia - jungle tours, wildlife, floated wood, the mysteries of the Amazon
b. Chapada Diamantina National Park
c. Chapada dos Veadeiros — cerrado (tropical savanna) wildlife and stunning waterfalls
d. Fernando de Noronha — tropical island paradise in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, is protected
    as a Marine National Park since 1997 and a World Heritage Site
e. Ilha Grande Iguaçu Falls — world-famous waterfalls
f. Ilha do Marajó
g. Lençóis Maranhenses
h Pantanal — the world's largest wetland hosts lots of eco-tourism and vast biodiversity, including
   caiman, jaguar, anaconda, giant anteater, primates, giant otter, and piranha









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