“Pan de Azucar” in the background
Going to Brazil is to face an extraordinary contrast of jungle and city. With just over five million foreign visitors, Brazil is the second destination of the international tourist market in South America. With more than 8.5 million km², and more than 200 million inhabitants, it is the fifth largest and most populous country in the world.
Between June 12th and July 13th, Brazilians will host the XX Edition of the World Cup, and as this is the most popular sport in Brazil, this Cup is expected to be an unprecedented party in 12 Brazilian cities chosen to host the games.
To the rhythm of Samba …
The contagious rhythm of Brazilian music makes the body move, even if it does not want to, with that tasty mixture of African, European and Amerindian influences. In addition to the samba, popular Brazilian music, other styles, from choro and maracatú, to bossa nova, and Brazilian rock, reach international recognition. To mention a few; Gal Costa, Sergio Mendez, Caetano Veloso, Simone, Roberto Carlos and Joao Gilberto … are prizes for our ears and our feet.
Eat and drink at will
The mixture of native populations with immigrants, defines a gastronomy that varies from one region to another. Among the best typical dishes are the feijoada, considered the national dish, polenta and acarajé. And do not leave without trying a brigadeiro or a kiss, exquisite sweets typical of Brazil.
National drinks are coffee and cachaza, a drink distilled from sugar cane, which is the main ingredient of the national cocktail, the caipirinha.
Mango, papaya, azaí, cupuazú, orange, cocoa, cashew, guava, passion fruit and pineapple, are the authentic ingredients of a Brazilian smoothie. Those who want to join their passion for the famous sport, with their desire to visit a country of countless appeal, will enjoy this tour through four of its beautiful cities, championship venues, and will feel even more in love with the huge paradise that is Brazil.
Rio de Janeiro
This is the ideal combination of glamor and natural beauty, where the sea merges with the forests. The architecture integrates modern design with nature. The Costanera de Ipanema is the most iconic area of Rio de Janeiro, an always trendy neighborhood, siguiente to the beach, where you can buy precious Brazilian handicrafts, walk around Visconde de Pirajá Street to shop, bike or watch the back and forth of people. Avenida Atlántica is the most famous pedestrian area in the south of the world and a beautiful postcard of Copacabana. Its black and white drawings cover the 32 blocks along the coast.
The Obelisk, in Sete de Setembro square, the most visited square in the city, is a granite monument that ends in an impressive seven meter spire. The city of Ouro Preto, to the south, is like it stopped in time on century XVIII; it has preserved all the baroque beauty with a wealth that denotes the abundance of gold. The Inhotim Museum is a fabulous museum of contemporary art, the most important in Brazil; touring its gardens, artificial lakes and excellent collections, can take a whole day. There are many temples to visit in this city, with an extraordinary wealth of gold, which are true examples of sacred architecture. As an example, the Church of San Francisco de Asis has 400 kilograms of gold that were used in decorations and details.
This is the South American capital of business meetings and conventions, for the sophistication of its infrastructure, and the luxury of its hotels, and even some of the best restaurants in the world. Its cultural offer is also impressive; 69 museums, 120 theaters, can attest this fact. Nightlife is another attraction of this populous city.
If there is a place to enjoy nature in Sao Paulo, it is the Ibirapuera Park, where you can feel out of the whirlwind of São Paulo, in the middle of the city. The quiet and quiet Ibirapuera is the largest green area of the city. The Basilica of Aparecida do Norte, located in the city of Aparecida, is attended by pilgrims from all over the world. It is the most important sanctuary in the country and is the second largest church after the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican. The Museu do Futebol is in the São Paulo’ Corinthians stadium of Pacaembú, and showcases an interesting exhibition of the sport in this country. Cidade Jardins shopping center is the most chic shopping and entertainment district in Sao Paulo, where you will find pure luxury and ostentation. Its architecture and design inspired the elegant shops of the Bal Harbor shopping center in Miami and features 180 designer boutiques. The Mirante do Vale, or Mirador del Valle, is the tallest building in Brazil and the view is lost in its 170 meters high. Another work of art, the Monument to the Flags, by the sculptor Vítor Brecheret, is also another site worth seeing in the city of Sao Paulo.
Notes from Brazil
– In most of the country,the climate is tropical.
– The Amazon is the richest and most biodiverse rainforest on the planet.
– Brazil is the only American country where the mother tongue is the portuguese, and this provides a national culture, different from that of its Spanish-speaking neighbors.
– The religion with more followers is Catholicism.
-The Carioca society is considered multi-ethnic, having its roots in a mixture of descendants of Europeans, Indians, Africans and Asians.
– The national currency is the Real.
– Every year, the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro offers the parade of the samba schools, which represent the different districts and cities of Rio, and culminates in the Sambódromo, specially designed for that purpose.
– The 12 cities where football matches will be held for the championship are: Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Culabá, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Sao Paulo.