Brazil's attractions are equally divided between the urban and
the natural, with the cultural delights of Rio de Janeiro and Sao
Paolo balancing the natural wonders of the Amazon and Pantanal
rainforests and ensuring there's something to see and do in Brazil
for just about everyone.
Every year, thousands flock to the world-famous Carnival in Rio,
when the entire city is enveloped in parties, parades, music and
dancing. Rio also features the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue,
which is one of the seven marvels of the modern world, and the
architectural marvel Samba City. The mild climate of the major
cities makes them an attractive destination all year long, with the
coastal areas being even warmer and suited to year-round
sunbathing. Brazil's major cities are known for their wild
nightlife, with enough bars, clubs, dance halls, and parties to
satisfy even the most hedonistic.
Brazil's beaches are just as famous, with several (Ipanema and
Copacabana) immortalised in song. There are several well-known nude
beaches, including one in the relaxed town of Pinho. The southern
beaches, including Praia Do Rosa, offer big waves that attract top
surfers from all over the world between April and November. There
are also many popular scuba diving spots that have beautiful coral
reefs, volcanic islands, caves, and shipwrecks.
Brazil is a huge country, with an area larger than the
continental United States, and over half of that is rainforest. The
Amazon, the world's largest tropical rainforest, covers seven
million square kilometres and is a bird-watching and wildlife
paradise, home to countless species of plants and animals you won't
find in any other country. The pink dolphin, for example, is only
found in the Amazon and its tributaries. You might also find
jaguars, howler monkeys, sloths, toucans and anacondas, among many
Brazil's marine life is also teeming with amazing creatures.
Dolphin and whale-watching are popular activities in places like
Fernando de Noronha, or go snorkelling in Bonito, whose name
fittingly means 'beautiful'. Praia do Forte and other beaches are
also good places to find sea turtles hatching.