The most popular of South American destinations, Brazil continues to amaze and allure travelers from around the world. Many equate Brazil to the sights and sounds of Carnaval, while still others journey to Brazil to search for themselves the untamed and unparalleled wonders of the Amazon. Many feel the Amazon is the heart of Brazil,and no one can deny that Rio de Janiero is its soul. One of the most populated cities in the world, Rio is self-indulgent attitude from dusk 'til dawn. Copacabana, quite possibly the most famous beach in the world, exemplifies life in Rio - beauty and delight. Many feel the wonders of Brazil still lie within the untamed and untouched confines of the Amazon. A complex system of rivers and jungles, the Amazon boasts more than 15,000 different species of animals, birds and fish, from the spider monkey to the infamous anaconda. From the sands of Rio to the jungle of the Amazon, Brazil provides travelers with a diverse menu of experiences and cultures like no other place in South America.
Brazil's climate is predominantly tropical, with seasons opposite of those in the United States. The average annual temperature is approximately 82ºF in the northern regions and 68ºF in the south. The Amazon is humid and rainy; the coastal regions, including Rio de Janeiro, are also humid. In Rio at the peak of summer (December-February), the temperature may hit 100ºF. The interior area tends to be cooler and less humid.
Brazil, the fifth largest country in the world, covers nearly half of South America, extending 2,965 miles north to south and 2,691 miles east to west. It borders every other South American country except Chile and Ecuador. The country is divided into the Highlands in the south and the Amazon River Basin in the north, encompassing the renowned Amazon Rainforest, the largest rainforest in the world. Rio de Janeiro, set on Guanabara Bay, is home to the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Thundering Iguassu Falls lies on the borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay.
Major Holidays & Events
In addition to the customary holidays, Brazil traditionally celebrates:
February-March (depending on the date of Ash Wednesday) - Carnival
April 21 - Tiradentes' Day
May 1 - Labor Day
September 7 - Independence Day
October 12 - Our Lady of Aparecida
November 2 & 15 - Day of the Dead & Republic Day