Brazil

With almost 200 million people, Brazil’s population is the fifth largest in the world. Every corner is fascinating to explore, and the country is impressive on a massive scale. One example is the immense Foz du Iguaçu, flanked with lush forests and wildlife and - a draw for tourists from far and wide - the eponymous Iguaçu Falls, one of the most impressive waterfalls in the world. Tourists enjoy the area’s zip lining adventures and live Carnaval-style samba and sapoeira shows. Sao Paulo, one of the world’s largest cities, boasts a more than 500 year-old history that is nothing short of fascinating. It boasts enchanting architecture, with many large parts of older buildings having been shipped to Brazil from Europe throughout the centuries, and a pedestrian bridge designed by the world famous architect Eiffel linking massive outdoor markets. The fact that the city is home to more than one million Japanese, the greatest population outside of Japan, is reflected through the city. The traditional Japanese lamps and arches in the city's Liberdade district were donated by the Japanese government. The rest of the country is as diverse as it is huge. Ouro Preto is one of many smaller cities that resemble Spanish and Portuguese villages with baroque architecture, and in the 'German' town of Blumenau, people still speak the language of the settlers that first set down roots in the 1850s. How wonderful it must be to have Christ the Redeemer’s view of the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro and its long stretches of beach! But remember that Rio is just the beginning - or the end - of a very long journey. Brazil is too big to absorb at once, so be sure to keep coming back to get as great a view as possible! ~ Jason Trinidad Pucheu


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 Full name: Federative Republic of Brazil

 Population: 205.7 million (CIA, 2012)

 Capital: Brasilia

 Largest city: São Paulo

 Area: 8.51 million sq.km. (33,436 sq. mi.)

 Major languages: Portuguese,  Other

 Major religions: Roman Catholic, Protestant,  Other

 Monetary unit: Real

 GDP per capita: US $11,600

 Internet domain: .br

 International dialling code: +55

 Source: CIA World Factbook