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Brazil is world famous for its grandiosity and beauty. There are nearly 8000km of dazzling beaches here for all tastes and traveler profiles.

This beauty is also not restricted to its beaches. Brazil boasts the greatest biodiversity on the planet, playing host to approximately 15% of the total species in the world. Such wealth and beauty exists everywhere in Brazil – from the Amazon in the north to the Pampas Gaúchos and Araucaria forests in the south, the northeast backcountry, the spectacular Pantanal and Cerrado (Tropical Savanna) in the center-west of the country and the coastal rainforest, the Mata Atlântica.

There is diversity reflected everywhere you go in the exuberance of nature and it makes a trip from north to south in this country a unique and dazzling experience.

Diversity is really the brand of Brazil. In five hundred years of history, this country has built a nation of many peoples who have given birth to a diverse cultural reality spread over its vast territory.

This fusion of cultures makes Brazilians a hospitable people who truly delight in giving a warm Brazilian welcome to any who make their way to this rich and beautiful land.

Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth largest in the world. These immense continental dimensions provide the country with a vast range of attractions, making it possible to undertake unequaled traveling experiences through its breathtaking landscapes.

Brazilian life is beautifully reflected in its magnificent warm water beaches, and reaches maximum splendor in the Amazon – the world's greatest tropical forest.

Its biodiversity is impressive and extensive, stretching throughout its five regions –the north, northeast, center-west, southeast and south.

Its year long tropical climate is an invitation to relax on the beaches and or near the rivers that extend all through the country. It’s also the perfect climate for year round sporting activity – including golf.

In April 1500, Portuguese navigator Pedro Álvares Cabral reached Brazil's coastline and claimed the entire region in the name of Portugal. The discovery of Brazil by the Portuguese took place during the time of the great navigators of the 15th and 16th centuries – a period that resulted in the discovery of America and the conquest and colonization of Africa and Asia.

Brazil’s ancient gold mines and coffee plantations are traces of a past that remains alive in our culture today.

Modern-day Brazil is a democratic republic. The Brazilian capital of Brasilia lies in the center-west region and was planned by Oscar Niemeyer in the 1960s. The city is a UNESCO heritage site today because of its world-renowned clean and harmonious architectural lines.

The racial mix was forced at the beginning of colonization, with the result that Brazil is a colorful and dynamic mixture of races today. Portuguese settlers, native peoples and African slaves make up its base, and that was mixed with arrival of the French and Dutch later on.

Each of these brought their culture and beliefs with them, and the result is an impressive and unique blend that is the Brazilian people. Welcoming so many different nations has made us a hospitable people who know how to respect diversity. And it gives the country an unequalled cultural richness.

This diversity can be noticed in Brazil's varied cultural aspects, the different accents found from north to south and blend of religious beliefs and practices.

Although Brazil is essentially a Catholic country, there is also a significant portion of Evangelical Christians. Again, like all of Brazil, the key word is diversity and tolerance. About twenty million Catholics also practice some kind of cult rituals which derive from Africa, such as Umbanda and Candomblé.

Furthermore, there are also five million Protestants in the country, including a significant number of Lutherans, Methodists and Episcopalians. There are also many Jewish people in Brazil.

Another outstanding characteristic of the diverse Brazilian culture is its food. Visitors to Brazil encounter a rich regionalized cuisine, which is almost impossible to be generalized in a territory marked by such big differences.

There is acarajé from Bahia, Minas’ cheese bread, the barbecue from Rio Grande do Sul as well as corn, sweet coconut, pastries, coffee, and an unbelievable variety of tropical fruits and sea food.

Every region has its festive food, but feijoada from Rio de Janeiro is considered by many to be the most typical Brazilian dish. It is frequently offered to visitors who delight in the black beans cooked in a thick broth with a great abundance of salty, smoked and fresh meats. A good accompaniment to the traditional food is the famous caipirinha, a national cocktail made of "cachaça", lemon and sugar.

The influence of immigration is evident in many elements of Brazilian cuisine, adding still more flavor to the visitor’s gastronomic experience.

You will, however, never be limited to only regional food. Cuisine from all around the world can be found in Brazil’s great metropolises. And this is cuisine with the world-wide quality standards. Most world cuisines are available in the several districts of São Paulo, a city is already considered one of the world’s greatest gastronomic centers, as well as being a center of arts and events.

Brazil also ranks among the ten largest economies in the world today. Modernity is present in both its largest cities which feature state-of-the-art convention centers where modern events for sectors such as agribusiness and oil are held. But Brazil is also known for more than just its dazzling natural and cultural wealth. Architecture, music, literature, cinema and fine arts are also great products that Brazil exports to the world.

The constantly evolving hotel and business infrastructure together with thousands of leisure and amusement opportunities make Brazil the perfect place for hospitality.

Portuguese is the national language, but the Portuguese spoken in Brazil is very different from that spoken in both Portugal and other ancient Portuguese colonies in terms of accent and inflection. In hotels and tourist centers, both English and Spanish are spoken for foreign tourists.

Brazil's currency is the Real (R$). Dollars and Euros may be exchanged in hotels, banks and currency exchange centers. Most commercial enterprises accept international credit cards.

Time Zone
Brazil is comprised of 3 different time zones. Time in Brasília (the country's capital) is the national time standard and is three hours behind Greenwich Mean Time. In the summer most Brazilian states advance their clocks 1 hour.

Climate and Temperature
The predominant climate is tropical, with a few variations according to the region. The annual average temperature is approximately 28°C in the north and 20°C in the south.

To make an international telephone call dial: 00 + operator code + country code + area code (if applicable) + telephone number. For collect calls dial 0800 703 2111. Find the operator code in your hotel.

Tourists from Mercosur countries require no passport. All they need is their identity card. For tourists of any other nationality, passports are compulsory and should be valid for at least 6 months. For more information visit www.mre.gov.br ou www.braziltour.com.

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