Top 5 Reasons to Visit Brazil

For some reason Brazil doesn’t seem to get the attention from travelers that it deserves. Which is surprising because it’s one of the most geographically diverse countries in the world, and home to one of the most interesting cultures in the world.

So what’s the reasoning behind Brazil’s lack of attention?

My best guess is distance and the fact that it’s one of the few developing countries in South America. And just maybe we’ve all seen too many films that feature swarms of blood-hungry Piranha.

Since I know a good bit of travelers, I decided to ask around to find the Top 5 Reasons to Visit Brazil. So without further ado, here it is…

 

1) Beaches, Beaches, Beaches – Brazil is one of the most beach-friendly countries in the world—it has over 2,000 beaches across its 7,500 km coastline and not to mention, the over 1,000 islands within its waters. The Brazilian beaches are well-known for their white sands, beautiful people, and some of the world’s best beach volleyball. While most of the beaches are on the coast, there are several located on the Amazon River. The most notable Amazonian beach is Alter do Chao, which is located in the state of Pará about 30km from Santarem.

2) It’s slap full of Natural Wonders – Not only is Brazil the home of the majority of the Amazon Rainforest, the world’s largest rainforest, and the great Amazon river basin, but Mother Nature has graced Brazil with some of the most picturesque natural beauties. The best example is the Chapada Diamantina National Park in the State of Bahia, and its description is its name. Chapada refers to a steep cliff that is usually at the end of a plateau. If that description doesn’t work for you, then see the picture.

3) Enjoy the Carnival – The Rio Carnival is the biggest carnival celebration in the world. In fact, it’s known for having more than two million people celebrating in its street, daily. Of course, its parade features incredibly colourful floats and costumes, but the celebration doesn’t stop there. In Rio, it’s been said that people can be seen dancing and playing music well into the mourning hours.

4) Explore its Culture – Brazil is quite the melting pot of cultures. It features a wonderful mixture of Portuguese Colonial and Classic Roman influences that is wonderfully blended with the Indigenous cultures. The Roman can be seen in the religion and architecture, while the Portuguese and Indigenous can be found in its fantastically diverse food.

5) Check out the Sports – I’ve already mentioned the beach volleyball but, of course, football is their most popular sport. We all know that Brazil is hosting this year’s World Cup, and that attending it would be an exciting way to experience the country. The home team and football powerhouse Brazilian National Team is the favourite to win it all, according to the World Cup bets at Betfair, which can only add to the experience for visitors. Rio de Janeiro is also going to be the host for the 2016 Olympics.

 

For us backpackers, the country has plenty of reasonably priced hostels and camping sites throughout the country. And because Brazil shares its borders with all of the other South American countries, except Ecuador, it’s the perfect starting point for a South American tour.

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Chris

Blogger and Photographer at Backpacker Banter
Chris is a surfer, photographer, traveller and writer from Devon in the UK and In 2009 he ditched 9-5 life and headed off to backpack the world. When he’s not in the water catching some waves he’s busy exploring with his camera or blogging over BackpackerBanter.com and Top 5 Travel

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