Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, exceeded in size only by Russia, Canada, China, and the United States. Brazil faces the Atlantic Ocean along 4,600 miles (7,400 km) of coastline and shares more than 9,750 miles (15,700 km) of inland borders with every South American country except Chile and Ecuador. The Portuguese language is universal except among Brazil’s native Indians, especially those in the more-remote reaches of the Amazon basin. Brazil is a melting pot for a wide range of cultures. About two-thirds of the Brazilian people follow Roman Catholicism.
Brazil is one of the world giants of mining, agriculture, and manufacturing. It is a leading producer of a host of minerals, including iron ore, tin, aluminum, manganese, gold, quartz, diamonds and other gems. Most gold and diamonds are mined in Minas Gerais, and smaller amounts are produced in Pará. It is the world’s primary source of coffee, oranges, soybeans, and cassava.
Things to Do:
In Brazil, you will be able to access the falls from the town of Foz do Iguaçu. Locals suggest to stay overnight in a nearby town and spend two days—or more—in the park to fully bask in the glory.
Enjoy 42 beautiful beaches that have plenty to offer. From partying to sunbathing, there are many spots to choose from. Praia Mole is a frequent location for the ASP World Tout surfing competition.
Cliffs at Aparados da Serra National Park
One of Brazil’s first national parks, Aparados da Serra National Park houses (and protects) the fabled Itaimbezinho Canyon. Here visitors are able to see waterfalls, subtropical forest, and endangered species.
Snorkel with sea turtles at Fernando de Noronha
Fernando de Noronha is a stunning archipelago of 21 islands off the coast of northeastern Brazil. This is a great way to see sea turtles and dolphins up close in a secluded area not heavily populated by tourists.