Brazil Country Guide
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Brazil is the largest country in South America, occupying nearly
50% of the South American Continent. It is a country where the past and future collide;
where cows can be seen wandering across the highways, and where TV's can be heard
in the jungle.
Huge skyscrapers stand tall in the city, while literally just a few blocks away
there can exist the most idyllic of beaches.
It is also important to remember that Brazil is a place where there exists a great
deal of wealth, and also poverty. For those visiting, it is impossible not to travel
around this country without at sometime experiencing both realities.
Travelling though Brazil, you can almost feel as though you are travelling between
centuries in simply a matter of hours. From the Amazon rain forest where the people
live life, as they would have thousands of years ago, past the 19th century ranches
(fazendas) where the cow hands still ride the range. Right up to the ever-fashionable
20th century in cities such as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where the influences
from international trends are more apparent. Then there is always Brasilia the almost
space age capital, where the avant-garde buildings definitely lead the visitor toward
the 21st century.
If you are travelling to Brazil to experience the beaches there, then you most certainly
will not be disappointed. With more than 4,500 miles of Atlantic coastline Brazil
is renowned for its superb beachlife.
Each city with a beach is unique in its own way. Rio is described as being in a
class of its own, with a more sophisticated beach scene, while Salvador is the second
most popular with its huge bay and numerous coves.
Recife and Fortaleza have the more exotic, wild beaches with coloured sand, dunes
and moonscape rocks. Whereas the north eastern coast can offer some of the best
scuba diving in the world, on the undeveloped island of Fernando de Noronha.