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Hey everyone! So I’m back and will be blogging and I hope you will enjoy reading these new posts. I would like to spend time and cover some more countries that would be great travel destinations and some history about them. So I went to Google and found a random country generator! The Random Country of the Day is (drumroll)

Brazil

 

So after researching, here are some great things to see and learn about this great country in South America. I actually have a friend from Brazil that I met in Germany and I have emailed him about telling me some great places. So in the near future, I will be able to share some more specific info that locals know about ūüėČ

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Brazil

A beautiful picture of the coastal cities and terrain spanning across the capital.

 

Brazil Listen¬†officially the Federative Republic of Brazil¬†is the largest country in both South America and the Latin American region. It is the world’s fifth largest country, both by geographical area and by population.¬†It is the largest¬†Portuguese-speaking country in the world, and the only one in the Americas.

 

Some Cool Facts and History:

The origin of Brazil spans back to the 1500’s when the Portuguese claimed the land from local indigenous tribes and began colonizing the¬†7,491¬†km coastline. King Dom Jo√£o¬†III¬†split the county into 15 territories, which caused much turmoil and a little more than a decade later, it was reunified into one colony, called the Govornate General of Brazil. In 1807, the Spanish¬†and Napoleonic forces threatened Brasil and forced the royal bank to be moved from Lisbon to Brazil, which established some of the first financial institutions, banks and monopolies. In retaliation, Brazil went to war. Portuguese conquest of French Guiana¬†¬†and then later¬†Brazilian War of Independence, which was solely fought for the independence from Portugal. Still, Brasil was led by an emperor.¬†On 15 November 1889, worn out by years of economic stagnation, in attrition with the majority of Army officers, as well as with rural and financial elites (for different reasons), the monarchy was overthrown by a military coup. It was now a military dictatorship without common rights for the people. Military leaders rose to power, even in the early 1930’s, especially a particular leader by the name of Getuilio Vargas. Many terrible things happened under the rule of Vargas; he was very brutal tyrant. Finally, even after rising to power in 1950, Vargas committed suicide in 1954. Some brief governments succeeded Vargas, but finally, in 1956,¬† Juscelino Kubitschek became president and assumed a conciliatory posture towards the political opposition that allowed him to govern without major crises. Throughout the years, until now Brazil is undergoing a slow repression and recovering from the economic collapses and dictatorship that was forced upon it for many hundreds of years.¬†The peaceful transition of power from Fernando Henrique to his main opposition leader, Lu√≠s In√°cio Lula da Silva, who was elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2006, proved that Brazil had finally succeeded in achieving its long-sought political stability.¬†Lula was succeeded in 2011 by the current president, Dilma Rousseff, the country’s first woman president and as such one of the most powerful women in the world.

 

Geography:

“The Amazon Rainforest is a very important part of the world‚Äôs natural resources. It is home to an estimated one-third of all known animal species and makes up about half of the world‚Äôs rainforests. The Amazon River carries more water into the Atlantic Ocean than any other river does to any other body of water. This river winds for more than 3 200 kilometres (2000 miles) within the country and holds about one-fifth of the world‚Äôs fresh water.

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The Brazilian Highlands (also known as the Brazilian Plateau) are, in general, under 4 000 feet (or 1 220 metres) above sea level. They cover most of the central, eastern and southern parts of the country and are home to an astounding array of fauna and flora. The highest point in Brazil is Pico de Neblina, which measures an impressive 9 888 feet, which is equivalent to 3 014 metres¬†¬†”

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 Brazil covers about 47% of South America.

S√£o Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are two of the largest cities in the world, and are both prominent destinations in Brazil. They enjoy a rich culture and heritage as well as modern amenities and established infrastructures.

The climate of Brazil depends on the various areas’ elevation and proximity to the ocean. However, most of the country can be defined as being tropical and sub-tropical. In general, this means hot, humid conditions, although some areas can be fairly dry and even fall victim to the occasional droughts. Many areas experience only a wet season and a dry one, instead of four distinct seasons.

Brazil boasts five marked eco-systems:

‚ÄĘ The tropical rainforest
‚ÄĘ The Pantanal (a tropical wetland)
‚ÄĘ The Cerrado (a tropical savannah)
‚ÄĘ The Mata Atlantica (the ‚ÄúAtlantic forest‚ÄĚ)
‚ÄĘ The pampas (fertile plains)

Central Brazil is made up mostly of woodland savannah.

Brazil’s natural resources include: gold, iron ore, manganese, bauxite, nickel, phosphates, uranium, petroleum, platinum, tin, hydropower and timber.

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San Paulo

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So enough about the facts, what is something that you should try if you visit Brasil?

 

1) See Christ The Redeemer

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2) The Beaches of Rio

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3)Caldo de cana,  Pamonha and Espetinho de camarão

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4) The San Rafael Falls

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5) In Search Of Iguassu

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Th last one is a really neat 17 day quest that is described as, ”¬†Get your South American rush with other young travellers not afraid to embrace the new. You’ll kick off the adventure in sophisticated Buenos Aires before getting back to nature on day hikes at a working Uruguayan ranch. Marvel at Iguassu Falls, then hop a flight to S√£o Paulo on your way to the Brazilian coast‚ÄĒno gruelling bus ride means more time on the beach. We’ll wrap up in the party in Rio, where you’re free to embrace the carnival atmosphere from our centrally located Copacabana hotel. ”

Now that you know a little about Brasil, make it the next stamp in your passport, go for a walk on the beaches of Rio and try some traditional street foods. Be safe and have fun!

 

Until next time!

Igor Bayluk

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