Three weeks of culture, history, amazing scenery, people and food, glorious food!
Covering almost half of the South American content, Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world by area and also by population. It covers approximately 8.5 million square kms (bigger than Australia) and is home to over 200 million people. Brazil has a diverse geography of natural environments, the most famous being the rainforests of the Amazon Basin with its plethora of endemic flora (over 3,500 species) and fauna covering the north and west. Other landscapes are influenced by the Atlantic Coast, The Andes mountain range, grassy plains and wetlands.
It is Brazil’s people and varied cultures that primarily make this country a must-visit destination. Cave paintings found in the protected Serra da Capivara National Park date inhabitants back 25,000 years. Fast forward to around 1500 AD and the Portuguese explorer Pedro Alvares claimed the region for his country. Over many years, the Portuguese, Dutch and Spanish all fought over the country, and it was not until 1822 that Brazil was declared a republic. In the late 19th century, immigrants from all over the world settled in various regions around the country, and today there is a wonderful mix of intermingled nationalities hard to find anywhere else in the world! Today, Brazilians speak Portuguese, but it is greatly influenced by indigenous peoples and the slaves from Africa who worked the early sugar plantations.
Like Australians, many Brazilians are keen followers of sport. Football is their national game, and they have been World Cup champions a record 5 times. Volleyball, beach volleyball, martial arts, basketball, and Formula 1 racing are also highly popular. Ayrton Senna who tragically died in an F1 race in 1994, is regarded by many as their greatest sporting legend. In 2016, Rio became the first South American city to host an Olympic Games.
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