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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, City panorama

Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilians says that was created by god himself and the six million Carioca are very proud of their city. The city is world famous for the lively carnival and the beautiful beaches Copacabana and Ipanema. Also up in the city you will find museums, churches, markets and parks. For a good view over the city you can take a gondola to the top of the "Sugar", a high rock in the bay and you should definitely visit the famous mountain of the Corcovado Christ statue. Just outside the city lies the tropical Tijuca Forest which is also worth a visit.

São Paulo

The inhabitants of the largest city in Brazil see themselves as hard workers and they look a bit down at the Carioca's as "that only parties". Sao has a lot to offer in the cultural field. There are many museums, including the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Brazilian Art and numerous galleries, theaters and art houses throughout the city.

Salvador de Bahia

The attraction consists of Salvador's population themselves. This colorful and hospitable people are largely descendants of African slaves. They keep much own customs and religions in this position and is expressed throughout daily life. The Candomble religion is a mixture of African and Catholic rituals and for many believers a way of life more than a religion. It is no problem to attend a meeting, provided that you show respect for the customs and beliefs. The Afro-Brazilian music and the sound of Lambada will be found everywhere the carnival is here therefore, many believe the best in Brazil.
The Pelourinho neighborhood is a bastion of colonial architecture and is therefore under the protection of UNESCO. This old neighborhood is characterized by narrow streets and historic homes and churches. The area is still dominated by São the rolling hills with cocoa plantations. On some plantations, visitors are welcome and you can make a tour.

Recife

This city has a lively promenade and wonderful sandy beaches, mainly at weekends are very popular with locals. The historic center of this city still has the atmosphere of the time of the Dutch and Portuguese navigators. There are many colonial buildings and other relics from the past preserved. From Recife you can make a trip to the historic colonial town of Olinda and Igarassu.

Amazon

The largest tropical rainforest in the world is also called the "lungs of the world". This immensely impressive jungle offers an incredible variety of flora and fauna. Everything that grows, flowers, crawls or flies seems to be representing. There are a number of lodges where you can stay and from which boat trips and excursions are organized. These lodges are usually only accessible by boat. The gateway to this area is the town of Manaus, the former rubber town.

Foz do Iguacu

In the three countries with Argentina and Paraguay are the Iguazu Falls. Iguaçu means in the original Guarani language "big river" and a more appropriate name is inconceivable. 3 km over a width of 275 falls on a landfill 80m high cliff into the depths they are the widest waterfalls in the world. In the middle is the "Garganta do Diablo" or "Devil's Throat", where 14 waterfalls come together and join forces. You can admire the spectacle from the various walking trails, boat or, for the fans, by helicopter. Around this wonderful force of nature is a vast national park, a trip through the rainforest is highly recommended.

Pantanal

The Pantanal is located in western Brazil to the Bolivian border. It is a nature reserve about the size of France, which consists only of the famous savannahs and wetlands. In the park is home to hundreds of birds, fish, monkeys, snakes, capybaras (the largest rodent in the world, sort of giant guinea pig), alligators and even pumas. Because large stretches of open field is also the best place to see wildlife.
Through the Pantanal, from Poconé to Porto Jofre, runs the Transpantaneira Highway. This road is 150 km long and is 2-3 m above the wetlands. Approximately 65 km from Cuiaba is the plateau "Chapada dos Guimarães". This is an 800 m high plateau of the oldest in the world and you will find beautiful rocks, caves and waterfalls and offers stunning views of the Pantanal and the Paraguay River. The rainy season in this area runs from December to March and most of the area is underwater. The dry season is from July to October, which is also the nesting and breeding seasons.

Chapada Diamantina

This national park is a green oasis in the dry, arid northeast of Brazil. It is a hilly area with many rivers and waterfalls; there are excellent swimming spots everywhere to be found. There are hiking trails, but local guides know very well the best spots to find.
In the middle lies the town of Chapada Lençóis. It was once the center of the Brazilian diamond industry and of great importance to the European jewelry trading. Today Lençóis is a peaceful little town, which still own regional architecture and its rich culture preserved.

Minas Gerais

The state of Minas Gerais, "General Mines", has its name from the "Bandeirantes", discovered the Brazilian interior in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Gold was found and in the 18th century, this state itself was the economic center of the colony.
The former has an abundance of wealth and architectural treasures left behind in Baroque style in the colonial cities. Especially in the state of Minas Gerais reached a peak of the Baroque and was soon also valued by Europeans as an art of very high quality.
The town of Ouro Preto (black gold) is typical. The churches of St. Francis of Assis and Pilar are particularly worthwhile, it seems like you are walking through an outdoor museum.