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Destination: Brazil

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Beautiful natural features, great cities and a golden coast are just some of the few things that define this beautiful country.

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Kit B (276)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 9:27 pm
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5 Facts You Might Not Know

1 The Amazon Rainforest'Considered one of the biggest rain forests in the world, the Amazon rainforest plays home to many animal and plant species. Some few native Americans also consider the forest their home and still live according to their ancient life ways in the forest.

2 The amazing Pantanal'This is a huge swamp in located in the Midwest of Brazil. Any traveler who has visited the place will testify of the beauty of the natural vegetation and wild animals that live in and around the swamp. The Pantanal covers a large area and is frequent by many travelers who love canoeing and water sports.

3 Rio de Janeiro'This is the best place to start any Brazil tour. Considered one of the world's mega cities, Rio is home to inhabitants from different backgrounds and ways of life. On one side of the city, you will easily find many famous beaches while on the other side you will find a steep mountain range. The city also has many museums and parks.

4 The Iguaca Falls'This is more than just a waterfall; it is a waterfall complex. Iguaca Falls has layers of waterfalls that descend upon each other in different directions. The waterfalls produce a roaring sound as they hit the hard jungle canopy surface below. This is one of the most visited sites in South America and one of the best tourist attraction sites in Brazil.

5 The golden coast'The coast hosts dozen of beautiful beaches. The coast was the first part of Brazil to be colonized by the Portuguese and the structures and the culture within the place still show evidence to this. The people around the coast are friendly and you can be sure of having an unforgettable time visiting.
The capital of Brazil is Brasília. The currency of Brazil is the Brazilian Real(BRL) Flag of Brazil.

Fun Facts About Brazil:

Fact 1: Brazil has the 10th highest number of vehicle owners in the world.

Fact 2: The world’s best and most delicious coffee is produced in Brazil.

Fact 3: Brazil has the biggest rain forest of the world, the Amazon forest

Fact 4: Brazil has the 2nd highest Christian population in the world.

Fact 5: Almost 200 million people live in Brazil, which makes it the fifth largest country in the world in terms of population.

Fact 6: About 1 million people who live in Brazil are Asian.

Fact 7: Scientists have estimated that there may be up to four million species of plants and animals in Brazil.

Fact 8: Brazil has won the soccer world cup five times.

Fact 9: Brazil has one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, the Christ Redeemer statue, located in Rio De Janeiro.

Fact 10: Brazil is the largest country in Latin America.

***More than you wanted to know about Brazilian Food:

Brazilian cuisine was developed from indigenous, European, and African influences. It varies greatly by region, reflecting the country's mix of native and immigrant populations, and its continental size as well. This has created a national cuisine marked by the preservation of regional differences.

Ingredients first used by native peoples in Brazil include cassava, guaraná, açaí, cumaru and tacacá. From there, the many waves of immigrants brought some of their typical dishes, replacing missing ingredients with local equivalents. For instance, the European immigrants (primarily from Portugal, Italy, Spain, Germany, Poland and Switzerland) were accustomed to a wheat-based diet, and introduced wine, leaf vegetables, and dairy products into Brazilian cuisine. When potatoes were not available they discovered how to use the native sweet manioc as a replacement. The African slaves also had a role in developing Brazilian cuisine, especially in the coastal states. The foreign influence extended to later migratory waves - Japanese immigrants brought most of the food items that Brazilians would associate with Asian cuisine today, and introduced large-scale aviaries, well into the 20th century.

Root vegetables such as cassava (locally known as mandioca, aipim or macaxeira, among other names), yams, and fruit like açaí, cupuaçu, mango, papaya, guava, orange, passion fruit, pineapple, and hog plum are among the local ingredients used in cooking.

Some typical dishes are feijoada, considered the country's national dish and regional foods such as vatapá, moqueca, polenta and acarajé.[6] There is also caruru, which consists of okra, onion, dried shrimp, and toasted nuts (peanuts and/or cashews), cooked with palm oil until a spread-like consistency is reached; moqueca capixaba, consisting of slow-cooked fish, tomato, onion and garlic, topped with cilantro; and linguiça, a mildly spicy sausage.

The national beverage is coffee, while cachaça is Brazil's native liquor. Cachaça is distilled from sugar cane and is the main ingredient in the national cocktail, caipirinha.

Cheese buns (pães-de-queijo), and salgadinhos such as pastéis, coxinhas, rissóis (from pierogy of Polish cuisine) and kibbeh (from Arabic cuisine) are common finger food items, while cuscuz branco (milled tapioca) is a popular dessert.

Kit B (276)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 9:28 pm

Have fun on this journey to Brazil. A wonderful country with fantastic people.

David C (25)
Friday July 26, 2013, 2:44 am
And, PLEASE, do keep your journey to the virtual, as tourism is just about the 'best' method to destroy said beauty !
" I do not want a flourishing tourism-industry, but i want us to be well & enjoy where we are at home. " (my transl., Orig.:) " Ich will keine blühende Reise-Industrie, sondern ich will, dass es uns da wohl ist, wo wir zu Hause sind. " -- Hans A. Pestalozzi, "Auf die Bäume ihr Affen [Up into the Trees You Apes]" (1989) ISBN 3729603132 , S.33
" [S]hort of setting fire to a forest, flying is the single worst thing an ordinary individual can do to cause climate-change. " -- Lisa Guy in "The Age of Stupid" (2009) (imho:) *highly recommendable*
> fantastic people
some (many/most) of them, like *everywhere*


Vallee R (280)
Friday July 26, 2013, 7:26 am
Asian - didn't know that - need to go back to your Belize one - anyway - unfortunately there is some unrest there right now.

Tamara Hayes (185)
Friday July 26, 2013, 7:27 am
That was a beautiful and educational journey Kit. Thanks for the ride!

Pat B (356)
Friday July 26, 2013, 7:28 am
Beautiful country. I enjoyed the trip up/down the Amazon River. Thank you, Kit for my tour of Brazil.!!

Kit B (276)
Friday July 26, 2013, 7:33 am

Thanks David but so far our trips have used no more energy than is needed to power our computers.

. (0)
Friday July 26, 2013, 7:41 am
Great video. Thanks for sharing, Kit.

JL A (281)
Friday July 26, 2013, 8:00 am
Gorgeous...but I wouldn't want to be a wife there given the permissions husbands have.

Ben O (154)
Friday July 26, 2013, 8:07 am
Ah, Brazil...I like it!
Many years ago, when I was a seaman, I visited Santos, Rio Grande, and Beautiful Rio de Janeiro...
I will never forget it...and, I hope to get back there some day...

. (0)
Friday July 26, 2013, 9:22 am
Noted and thanks as always Kit.

Nicole W (646)
Friday July 26, 2013, 9:23 am
beautiful tour, thank you Kit

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Friday July 26, 2013, 9:58 am
Hmmm, the pope must have read your post, KIt -- & made his travel arrangements accordingly!

Obviously kidding! The pope chose Brazil because the Christian evangelist movement is stealing 'clients' (souls??) away from the Catholic church.

One thing that is missing from your seemingly exhaustive list of what Brazil has to offer is the MUSIC!
Brazilian music is fantastic, with many famous composers & performers (often they are both) whose enormous contribution to music is acknowledged worldwide & universally. I'm thinking of composer/performers like Antonio Carlos Jobim, the absolute master of song & arrangement, who became famous with the 'bossa nova' he popularized; and then others like Pixinguinha, Djavan, Milton Nascimento, & the list could go on & on...

Ever since American jazz artist, saxophonist Stan Getz, first discovered Jobim & his 'Girl from Ipanema' which he recorded (as did Frank Sinatra) in 1964 on a Grammy-winning album named "Getz/Gilberto, featuring Antônio Carlos Jobim", jazz musicians have been inspired by the wonderful melodies, amazing harmonies & original rhythms of Brazilian artists & their wonderful tunes.

Brazilian music is the only non-native US music to have FULLY INTEGRATED our great American music, jazz. Brazilian compositions & songs have become standards in their own right in standard jazz repertoire, as much as the music of Duke Ellington or Thelonius Monk.

Like Milton Nascimento's beautiful song, 'Travessia,' translated as 'Bridges,' & recorded by I don't know how many US jazz icons, like Sarah Vaughan, Dianne Reeves, & Jane Monheit. Here are Sarah Vaughan & Milton Nascimento singing 'Bridges' together, & some years later, Dianne Reeves on her own

Jane Monheit has recorded other great songs by Brazilians whose music belongs to today's jazz repertory, such as "Comecar De Novo" or 'The Island,' as it's known in English, by Brazilian composer/singer/pianist Ivan Lins & "the Waters of March" (Aguas de Março) by Tom Jobim, which has never gone out of style since he first wrote it!

Here is Stevie Wonder talking (a bit) about the fantastic musical legacy of Antonio Carlos (Tom) Jobim, being perpetuated by -among many, many others- his grandson, with whom Stevie appears on stage before leaving the keyboard to Daniel Jobim who performs one of his grandfather's many great songs, 'the Waters of March' ('Aguas de Março').

Jobim wrote so many beautiful songs, it's really difficult to choose a favorite! One that I love & that hasn't become that famous, at least not in the US, is

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Friday July 26, 2013, 10:41 am
Jobim wrote so many beautiful songs, it's really difficult to choose a favorite! One that I love & that hasn't become that famous, at least not in the US, is

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Friday July 26, 2013, 10:43 am
Jobim wrote so many beautiful songs, it's really difficult to choose a favorite! One that I love & that hasn't become that famous, at least not in the US, is

TOM T (246)
Friday July 26, 2013, 11:32 am
Thank you for Sharing this.... !

Noted & Shared Thanks!

John De Avalon (36)
Friday July 26, 2013, 1:31 pm
A beautiful country. I'd love to go there one day...

MmAway M (506)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 12:39 am
Thanks for my vacation before bedtime! xx

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 1:22 am
Thank so much Kit! Iguazu Falls are really amazing! And word to describe... As for the Amazon basin, that would be my home... Amazon is a sea, floating to the ocean. You can't even think about it! You MUST have the experience.

Judy C (97)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 1:30 am
Brazil is a true melting pot. The music is great. I love these geography lessons, Kit.

Herbert E (10)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 4:27 am
Great article - Thanks. Makes me want to go there. Only there must be a small typo at :
Fact 3: Brazil has the biggest rain forest of the world, the Amazon forest
Shouldn't it read HAD ? As great swathes of rainforest are cut down to grow GM soy, maize/corn (poisoning indigenous people with herbi- pesti- cides) and to make gracing space for livestock.

Lona G (80)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 6:02 am
Great post, love to go. But not just yet, a bit to much social unrest presently.

Kit B (276)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 6:42 am

No Herbert, it is still the world's largest Rain Forest and though much of it is around the Amazon basin it's part of the countries of Brazil, Peru, Columbia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, and the Guiana's. Many positive changes are happening within the Rain Forest, hopefully.

Marija M (29)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 8:47 am
tks for interesting "journey"

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 11:56 am
Brazil is a beautiful country with corruption galore---too much. It should have never been awarded the 2014 World Cup. Thanks 4 the tour Kit!

Melania P (122)
Friday August 2, 2013, 10:40 am
Love to go someday...! My dad went for college and loved it!
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