Brazil is a country in both South America and Latin America. It is the fifth largest country in the world and the largest of all in South America. It borders Argentina and Paraguay to the southwest, Uruguay to the south, Colombia to the northwest, Bolivia and Peru to the west, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana to the north. The Atlantic Ocean washes the country’s coast on the east. In fact, Brazil has borders with every South American country, except for Ecuador and Chile. It is the only country on earth, which has both the Equator and the Tropic of Capricorn run through its territory.
The official language is Portuguese. Brazil is actually the only Portuguese-speaking country in the Americas. It is also the largest Portuguese-speaking country in the world. Children at schools also learn a second language, which can be either English or Spanish.
The official currency is Real. The approximate exchange rate is R$3, 37 for US$1. The currency and traveler’s cheques exchange is available at banks, casas de cambio, travel agencies and some hotels. Major credit cards are acceptable in cities, though Visa is preferable. Also, ATMs are widely available throughout the country.
All major cities have plenty of taxis. They all have meters, but you should insist on turning it on. It is particularly advisable to use taxi service at night. It is also possible to hire a car if you want to explore the country. Many international and local companies provide car rental service in major cities. However, you need to be over 21 to hire a car. Also, road conditions vary. Drivers should look out for road humps and wandering domestic animals in rural areas. Cars drive on the right side of the road here.
In Brazil, they use electric sockets and plugs of types C and E. The standard voltage can be either 127V or 220V.
The country’s one-of-a-kind environmental heritage makes Brazil a favorite haunt for daring adventurers. Horseback riding and wildlife viewing are both favorite pastimes in the Pantanal. Kayak the flooded forests of the Amazon and also enjoy the panoramic view of rocky cliffs.
The most popular kinds of tourism in Brazil are ecotourism, adventure travel, and cultural tourism. Unique natural areas, in combination with sunny beaches, make Brazil an attractive tourist destination. The most visited tourist spots are the Amazon Rainforest beaches and dunes, the Pantanal, and beaches of Rio de Janeiro and Santa Catarina. San Paulo, on the other hand, is a center of business tourism.
Disney’s Rio is responsible for introducing many to the country’s famous celebration called Carnival. However, it is a deep-rooted festivity. Dazzling costumes will both delight and startle you as towns from across the country rush to take part.
Enjoy the cultural hub of Brazil! Take part in the adventure and splendor of Carnival, brave the wilds of the Amazon, and encounter this one-of-a-kind land.
July 22, 2016 12:00 am Leave your thoughts