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Brazil is known for its incredible cultural diversity forged from its distinctive blend of African, European and indigenous populations. This ethnic and cultural fusion has brought a remarkable variety of drinks and cuisines, making it a big attraction for tourists from around the world. Here are three of the highlights:
Rio de Janeiro
The second largest city of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro is famous all over the world for its laidback beach culture, breathtaking landscape and colourful annual carnival. The city’s harbour is surrounded by a number of interesting geographic features, which locals refer to as gems of the “cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city).” Hills of Tijuca at 1,021 metres is one such feature. You may also want to see Corcovado Peak at 704 metres and Sugar Loaf mountain at 395 metres.
Other attraction sites usually included in escorted holidays Brazil plans include the statue of Christ The Redeemer, the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, and the stadium of Maracana.
Larger than the entirety of Western Europe, the last trace of great wilderness on the planet is the famous Amazon rainforest: a place full of natural marvels. The Amazon contains more free flowing freshwater and biodiversity than any other place in the world.
Escorted holidays to Brazil often include visits to the Amazon rainforest, where you can expect to see plants and trees in an extraordinary variety of sizes, shapes and colours. You will be mesmerised to see the types vines and climbers that weave themselves amongst the trees. With turtles and snakes on the ground, red macaws and sloths among the tree trunks and monkeys hanging by bromeliads and orchid trees, you will not be able to keep your eyes off them.
The Iguazu Falls, sometimes quoted in the list of “7 wonders of the natural world,” are located in Iguaza National Park in the southwest of the Parana state. A part of this park extends to Misiones province in Argentina as well, however, it is majorly accessed through Brazil.
Iguazu Falls system consists of over 275 independent falls, however, many locals claim they are only 75 separate falls. Even though the highest part of the falls measures about 82 metres, majority of the falls are pretty even around 64 metres. The most impressive part is Garganta del Diablo (commonly referred to as “devil’s throat”), which is shaped like a hairpin bend at the start of the falls. This is the highest point measuring up to 82 metres in height, 150 metres in width and 700 metres in length.