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B R A Z I L • • • • •
Christ the Redeemer on Corcavado
Rio de Janeiro and Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcavado.

Even though Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country, occupying almost half of South America, it is just now becoming a more popular worldwide tourist destination. Brazil is also home to South America's largest city (of 17 million people), Sao Paulo. It's been said that the hectic pace of this immense city puts New York to shame. Needless to say, business is big in Sao Paulo, as it is in Brazil's other big city, Rio de Janeiro. Rio is best known for its beautiful beaches (think Impanema and Copacabana) and for Carnaval, the South American version of Mardi Gras (and with the sexy dancing and the ultra-elaborate costumes, it easily beats its American equivalent).

Travelers to Rio beware - you must be extremely careful in the city, since it has had some recent problems with crime. Don't flash around money, jewelry or anything that looks like it has value (especially your passport!). 

With that said, enjoy your adventure to this exotic world! While you're there, why not try to samba with a tanned and toned local? And please don't feel pressured to wear a thong on the beach if you're not comfortable. Confidence is a must (as the locals will tell you) when trying to pull off that whole casual bare-butt look.

C O N V E N T I O N   V I S I T O R S   B U R E A U S

Brazil's tourism site by the Brazilian Embassy in London, will give you the basics you need when preparing for a trip to Brazil. From travel tips to briefs on the country's environment, culture and religion, you'll be able to find it at

B R A Z I L   T R A V E L   P L A N N E R
Historical Note: During the 1700's Brazil experienced the first major gold rush in the Americas after explorers discovered gold on frontier territory inland from the coast.