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Say "Brazil" and people will think of samba, bossa nova, carnival, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Săo Paulo, beaches, football and the Amazon. Fascinating and contradictory Brazil never ceases to amaze tourists who go there, in particular its incredible melting pot of Indians, whites and blacks who have been part of this society from the beginning.

Where to start? This huge, continent-size country has everything in spades - culture, sports and nature. Brazil's prodigious natural world boasts extraordinary flora and fauna (including 20% of the world's known species). The country also contains the world's largest swamp, the Pantanal, famous for its exceptional ornithological fauna. Mangrove swamps and lagoons unfold along its shorelines, while certain regions are filled with pampas and dry savannahs. Not to mention the Amazon Forest which is finally turning towards sustainable development. You can see for yourself while enjoying the pace of life on the river on an excursion between Manaus and Belém.

There are also many opportunities for tours with a cultural focus, to take in the colonial architecture and Baroque churches in its historical cities from Salvador to Recife, Ouro Preto and Mariana. And Brasilia is a triumph of modern architecture.

And let's not forget the sun and beaches that are the heart of Brazil's exuberant spirit along with its music and dance. From north to south, you can relax in the sand at Porto de Galinhas and Praia do Forte, or at the world-famous beaches in Rio, or at Trindade near Sao Paulo.

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Brazil : Must-see towns and regions

  • Rio de Janeiro

    Presided over by the Cristo Redentor, or Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro is a mix of crazy urbanism, long, fine sandy beaches and green hills; colonial architecture, ultra-modern buildings and wre...

  • Manaus

    On arrival in Manaus, in the heart of the Amazon, it is difficult to imagine that until the 19C it was a little Indian village that stood here: the rubber boom, followed by industrialisation, transfor...

  • Olinda

    A few miles north of Recife lies Olinda, a splendid city founded by the Portuguese in the first half of the 16C. Its architectural and cultural wealth sets it apart and it has been made a UNESCO World...

  • Brasília

    Brasília was conceived as a new capital for Brazil, the fruit of a political decision, and sprang up at the exact centre of the country over the course of just 1 000 days. It is the incarnation of an ...

  • Belém

    Belém is a major international port on the edge of the Amazon that wins over many a traveller… Originally an Indian village, the city prospered with the rubber boom of the mid-19C. Out of this flouris...

  • Salvador

    Salvador is a cultural melting pot, and its unique energy and the friendly welcome from the locals certainly leave their mark on visitors. But its history at the heart of triangular trade has also lef...

  • São Luís

    São Luís is a melting pot of Indian, African and European influences, as shown by the city's unique architectural and cultural heritage. You can't miss the residences in the historical centre with faç...

  • Ouro Preto

    Ouro Preto is famous on two counts. First and foremost for its magnificent Baroque buildings constructed in the 18C and thanks to which it earned a place among UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. The Igrej...

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