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Brazil, well known as Braziu as pronounced by the locals and officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country both in South and in the Latin American region, the giant of South America.
It is the world's fifth largest country both by geographical area 8.515.767km2 and by population 202.768.562people. All Europe (excepting Russia) "fits" in Brazil!
Share land borders with every South American country except for Ecuador and Chile.
It spans four time zones and is the only country in the world that lies on the equator while having contiguous territory outside the tropics.
Brazil's large territory comprises different ecosystems, such as the Amazon rainforest, recognized as having the greatest biological diversity in the world. The rich wildlife of Brazil reflects the variety of natural habitats. Scientists estimate that the total number of plant and animal species in Brazil could approach four million.
It is the largest Portuguese-speaking country in the world, and the only one in the Americas.
Brazil is a federation composed of 26 States, one Federal district (which contains the capital city, Brasília) and Municipalities.
The largest city is São Paulo with 20,935,204people followed by Rio de Janeiro with 11,973,505people.
It is interesting also to note that on January 18, 2007, FUNAI (Fundação Nacional do Índio - National Indian Foundation, the Brazilian governmental protection agency for Indian interests and their culture), reported that it had confirmed the presence of 67 different uncontacted tribes in Brazil, up from 40 in 2005. With this addition Brazil has now surpassed New Guinea as the country having the largest number of uncontacted people.
As of July 2014, Brazil has 19 World Heritage Sites inscribed on the UNESCO list. Seven of them are of the natural type, all others are cultural sites. Of these, one site is shared with Argentina ("Jesuit Missions of the Guarani's:") (see UNESCO web page for more details: http://whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/br)
Rio de Janeiro is the capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro and one of the Worlds Heritage Sites: "Carioca Landscapes Between the Mountain and the Sea". The listed site consists of an exceptional urban setting rather than built heritage. It encompasses the key natural elements that have shaped and inspired the development of the city: from the highest points of the Tijuca National Park's mountains down to the sea. They also include the Botanical Gardens, established in 1808, Corcovado Mountain with its celebrated statue of Christ and the hills around Guanabara Bay, including the extensive designed landscapes along Copacabana Bay which have contributed to the outdoor living culture of this spectacular city. Rio de Janeiro is also recognized for the artistic inspiration it has provided to musicians, landscapers and urbanists.
This says it almost all! Where else you can find this variety of landscapes, capable of satisfying the most demanding visitor: from mountain to hill to river, lake and the ocean. A city that will also fully satisfy the most demanding, curious personality offering a multiethnic environment with rich history, multitude of tastes. aromas and sounds.
You can enjoy Rio and surroundings practicing all sorts of outdoor activities: paragliding, river rafting, rock climbing, football and beach volleyball and footvolley, invented and really enjoyed by the locals, scuba diving, hiking, cycling, sea-kayaking, wind surfing, kite surfing. You can also just lay down and enjoy the beautiful endless white sanded beaches.
Surely visit the extraordinary Sugar Loaf, Corcovado mountain and the Botanical Garden. Cultural tours to the colonial and afro-brazilian part of the city are also available. Variety of restaurants with local and international cuisine to experience different tastes and of course lots of places to listen to samba and bossa nova and why not, take some dance lessons.
We invite you only to a little caution and prudence. Avoid going around with flashy jewelry and lots of cash. It is also better to bring along a copy of your passport and leave the original at your accommodation. Keep valuable electronic equipment such as your smart phone or your camera secured on you or inside a bag. Better leave your favorite watch or ring at your accommodation if you are planning to go for a swim. Ask your agent or hotel receptionist on the areas to avoid at night. We recommend that you prepare a small handy card with some useful emergency numbers and the address of your accommodation. Cariocas, the local people of Rio De Janeiro are very friendly, smiley and helpful and used to tourists. They will also surely appreciate your effort to say something in their language. Common sense dictates though that not all friendly smiley persons are trustworthy. Be smiley and friendly but cautious. Don't forget your sunblock cream, your hat and to adapt you diet according to the climate! Drink water and exquisite tropical juices! And light lunches and dinners.
Last but not least: don't get stressed! Nobody does! If something does not go, relax and think the positive side or an alternative solution. Brazilians would say: at the end everything ends well, if not, is because is not yet the end…
Enjoy Rio! Enjoy Brazil!!