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Brazil: biodiversity and cultural diversity

Brazil is the largest country in Latin America. It spreads across almost half (47.3%) of South America, and occupies a total area of 8,547,403.5 km2. It is the fifth largest country in the world after Canada, the Russian Federation, China and the United States. Except for a small number of islands, Brazil is a single and continuous landmass. The Equator crosses through the Northern region, near Macapa, and the Tropic of Capricorn cuts through the South of the country, near São Paulo.

Brazil’s east to west extension (4,319.4 km) is almost equivalent to the distance from north to south (4,394.7 km). The country borders French Guiana, Suriname, Guiana, Venezuela and Colombia, to the north; Uruguay and Argentina, to the south; and Paraguay, Bolivia and Peru, to the west. Ecuador and Chile are the only two countries on the South American continent that do not border Brazil. The Atlantic Ocean extends along the country’s entire eastern coast, providing 7,367 km of coastline.  

Language

The official language is Portuguese; the accent and the intonation, however, are very different from what one hears in Portugal and other former Portuguese colonies. Some people say that Brazilians speak “Brazilian”, just like Americans can say they speak “American”, and not English. And there are also many Brazilians who are descendants of immigrants and who speak German and Italian, especially in towns in southern Brazil.

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Brazil – a country which greets visitors with a huge smile

The mixture of races has made Brazil a culturally rich and at the same time unique country. This miscegenation began with the Indian, the African and the Portuguese, but soon after, immigrants from around the world began to arrive: Europeans, Asians, Jews and Arabs. The result is a happy people, open to everything new, a people one can only find in Brazil.

Because of this massive diversity, Brazil is one of the last places on Earth where no one is a foreigner, where one can change one’s destiny without losing one’s identity and where each and every Brazilian has a little of the entire world in his or her blood. This may be the reason why Brazilians welcome people from another land so openly. According to surveys carried out with foreign tourists who visited the country, 97.2% intend to return soon; 56.5% had their expectations completely satisfied; and, for 31.7%, it exceeded their expectations in every way. As you can see, those who come to Brazil become fans on their first visit.

Find out more about Brazil by navigating through our site. Or better yet: visit the country in person and feel for yourself the high spirits and enthusiasm of our people.

Brazilian democracy

Brazil has been a Republic since 1889. Throughout this entire period, the country actually experienced little more than thirty years of democracy (1946-1964 and from 1985 to the present). Nevertheless, it is one of the most democratic nations on Earth. Brazilian democracy, which was won back after 21 years of a military dictatorship, proved to be vigorous and became an important part of the life of its people.

The National Congress has been operating like clockwork for 175 years. In the entire history of the country, only on three occasions did the elected representatives not complete their terms. The strength of the Congress is actually so great that not even the military dictatorship of the 1960s could do without it. There have been national elections in Brazil since 1823. And these elections have been open to voters in a manner almost unheard of even for European democracy standards.

Cultural Treasures and the Brazilian Diversity

brazil honeymoonTraveling the Brazilian territory is discovering that the racial and cultural mix of its people is its greatest legacy. Since the arrival of the Portuguese in the sixteenth century, immigrants from different parts of the world disembarked in the country, bringing together with them their histories, traditions, architectural styles. That diversity becomes evident when we analyze the Brazilian sites that have been listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

The time line of Brazilian culture and architecture comprises the European manors of Olinda, in the state of Pernambuco, to the modern project of Brasília, the country’s capital. The beauty of the Baroque style of the historical cities of the state of Minas Gerais, like Diamantina, whose history was marked not only by gold mining, but also for the discovery of diamonds, catches the eye of the visitors.

Colonial Brazil is also present in the steep alleys of Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, which still preserve their original paving. The town preserves the sacred art of two famous Brazilian sculptors: Ataíde and Aleijadinho. The latter is also the creator of the Santuário do Bom Jesus de Matosinhos (Shrine of the Good Jesus from Matosinhos), a Baroque masterpiece formed by 66 wooden statues representing the steps of the Passion of the Christ, located in the town of Congonhas do Campo, in the state of Minas Gerais.

What to say about the historical center of São Luís, the capital city of the state of Maranhão, which has the greatest preserved architectural group of Portuguese origin in the country? And what about the Pilot Plan of Brasília, which every year draws professionals from all over the world, eager to see the architectural plan of wide avenues that grant special value the delicacy of the flower beds created by landscape architect Burle Marx? That is Brazil: a country that has 17 sites listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, due to their exceptional and unique value for mankind's culture.

Useful Information

Visas and Passports

Tourists and visitors from Mercosul countries do not need to present passports. They merely need to show their ID cards. Visitors from other countries must present a passport that is valid for the next six months. For further information on visas and necessary documentation, access: www.itamaraty.gov.br/ or www.braziltour.com/.

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