Brazil is home to a great many beautiful stretches of white sandy beaches, the green lush dense rainforest of the great Amazon River and certainly some of the most highly industrialized mega-cities in the world.This is a country of an immense size and population, which is estimated at just fewer than 200 million people. The currency is the real which is approximately 2 for $1 US dollar. The official language is Portuguese, Spanish, English and French are also spoken. The ethnicities of the people are 54% Caucasian, 39% Caucasian and Black mix, and rest Black. Brazil enjoys a very pleasant climate with five varying degrees of tropical zones. The very humid Amazon region gets more rainfall than most of the country where rain is very moderate. Temperatures range from 70 F to 85 F and the coasts have some nice trade breezes coming through from the South Atlantic Ocean.
Brazil has one of the most unique settlement histories being that it resembles Portugal’s culture and customs very closely. The country was settled very early on as a colony in the 1500’s. There have been a number of military governments and a myriad of failed economic policies throughout modern times however the country has somehow up to now been able to weather the shocks. The newest president comes from the working class and set up a number of drastic economic measures to rescue the ever sinking poor citizens. Currently, although there has been some scandal involved Brazil is on the upswing.
The country has long captivated the world with its famous deep dark jungle along the Amazon and the never ending party atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro. It houses one of the world mega cities Sao Paolo which has an estimated population of over 18 million people. Brazil’s natural beauty is astonishing. Rio is a playground for beach bums, party animals and sport enthusiasts. There is a fluidity or rhythm to the city found no where else. The local people live life to the fullest and cheerfully welcome every visitor. Whether one wants to shop, sight see or just lounge there is no shortage of entertainment. Carnaval is the place and time to visit however the foreigner must be wary of inflated prices, not a minute of tranquility or the prospect of some danger. Although pollution is a great problem visiting the grand metropolis of Sao Paolo is certainly worth it just for the adventure. There are world class museums, galleries, restaurants, shopping, and an endless night club scene. Not far away from the big city are some tranquil beaches to rest upon once energy has run low. There are many eco adventure tours of the mighty Amazon River with expert navigators for the traveler who is used to packing for the back country so taking the opportunity of a life time is highly recommended.
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