South America's largest country is incredibly diverse and bursting with both natural and man made landmarks, which combined with its vibrant cities and renowned ecosystems make it one of the most unique and unmistakable places on earth whose enthusiasm for life can be found within its every corner.
Brazil's climate varies according to the region and time of year with much of the south following a four season pattern while the rest of the country split into two main seasons of a wet summer season which runs from September through to March with November through to March often the wettest months which are particularly strong in areas such as the Amazon and Pantanal and a warm dry winter season which runs from March to November.
- South Brazil's Climate
South has a subtropical climate with mild winters averaging between 45 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit being cooler towards the coast and hot summers which average between 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit
- Southeast Brazil's Climate
Southeast of the country follows a tropical pattern of hot and wet summers that range from 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit and mild dry winters that range from 45 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Climate in Central Brazil
Central Brazil often remains hot and dry during the winter and wet and warm during the summer with temperatures averaging between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit
- Northeast Brazil's Climate
Northeast Brazil has a tropical climate that remains hot for most of the yea, with temperatures averaging between 68 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit
- Climate In North Brazil
North Brazil forms part of the Amazon Basin and has a humid tropical rainforest climate with temperatures averaging 80 degrees Fahrenheit
Due to Brazil's huge expanse it is often easier and a lot quicker to travel any long distances by plane, however if you prefer to travel by bus then there are plenty long distance busses available, however comfort levels vary considerably as do the road conditions and driving etiquette!
Travel by plane is one of the best ways of getting into and around Brazil, there are plenty of domestic airports throughout the country as well as International Airports such as Rio de Janeiro Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG), Sao Paulo / Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) and Brasilia International Airport (BSB).
Much of Brazil has an extensive road network
that in the cities is generally of good condition although poorly kept roads are common in rural locations. The driving culture in Brazil is creative at best, often with little regard to road signs, other road users and other traffic in general. However if you have your wits about you and a good map it can provide a great way to explore Brazil.
Cycling on roads in major cities is not recommended due to the driving culture, however there are often cycle paths along beach front areas, parks and other scenic locations throughout Brazil that are relatively safe for cyclists to go on, such as for example around Rio de Janeiro's Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas or along Rio's beach front. There are plenty of bike hire opportunities and cycling in quieter locations is a great way to explore the area. It is also worth knowing that many roads close to beach boulevards are closed on Sundays making cycling a much more pleasurable experience.
There are plenty of long distance busses available that travel between towns and cities throughout most areas of Brazil. There are also no shortage of busses travelling around cities and towns, although it can be difficult to ascertain where they are going, however there is often an information board put up on the windscreen with route details.
There are plenty of taxi's available in major cities many of which have a set fare rate for certain journey's such as to and from the airport and are a relatively easy way of travelling around many of Brazil's bustling towns and cities.
There are many cruises available especially around the coast that travel to areas such as Fortaleza, Recife, Ilha Grande, Salvador and Santos. There are also Amazon River cruises available that travel well into the Amazon region and often start from the city of Manaus in north Brazil.
Brazil Festivals and Events
There are plenty of festivals and events taking place throughout the year with events such as Brazil's world renowned Carnivals to cultural, historic and religious events
which are enjoyed with an infectious enthusiasm that's hard to beat... more about Brazil Festivals and Events
There are plenty of shopping opportunities in Brazil from bustling street markets and boutiques to cities bursting with shops and large scale malls that offer a wide range of hand crafted products as well as many well known designer labels. Rio de Janeiro is well known for its upmarket shops with many located around Ipanema and Leblon.
Popular products available include traditional arts, crafts, leather goods and items of jewelry which are often excellent in the state of Goais where plenty of handcrafted necklaces using gem stones and crystals can be found. Brazil's northeast especially around Fortaleza is well known for it traditional lace making craft with plenty of markets and shops selling all manner of lace products from delicate clothes to tablecloths, with the added bonus that you can often watch the lace makers hard at work creating their product.
The shear size of Brazil allows for an incredibly varied topography from the dense Amazonas region to the Pantanal Wetlands and on to sublime coastal islands dotted with coral reefs. Brazil's cities each offer their own unique characteristics from the energetic Rio de Janeiro with its historic landmarks, to Fortaleza, the bustling coastal city and on to the country's Capital which is filled with modern architecture around just about every corner of its beautifully planned layout:
- North Brazil
The north of Brazil contains
the Amazon Rain Forest one most impressive areas of bio diversity in South America and the city of Belem which is the gateway to the Amazonas region and the city of Manaus which is located in the heart of the region and is often the starting point for many varieties of Amazon jungle tours, cruises along the Amazon river, adventure activities and an unbelievable amount of sightseeing as well... more about North Brazil
- Amazon Rainforest
The Amazon Rainforest is the most spectacular bio-system in the world and home to simply thousands of species of flora and fauna, set amongst the impressive Amazon River and its many tributaries... more about the Amazon
The city of Manaus offers one of the best starting places for Amazon land and boat tours and has plenty of attractions of its own... more about the City Of Manaus
- North East
Brazil's northeast contains an outstanding selection of unspoiled beaches and areas of natural beauty and also includes the cities of
Fortaleza, Natal, Recife and Salvador... more about Northeast Brazil
The Capital city of the Ceara state is beautifully positioned along the coast and offers plenty of water sport activities, scenic beaches and a vibrant nightlife scene... more about Fortaleza
- Central and South West
This fascinating region contains the Capital city Brasilia as well as the vast Pantanal freshwater wetland ecosystem which is one of the most rewarding places to view wildlife in its natural habitat... more about Central and South West Brazil
The fresh water wetlands of the Pantanal contains a truly unique ecosystem which is home to an abundant and simply vast selection of both plant and wildlife and offers some of the most rewarding wildlife viewing opportunities around... more about the Pantanal
Brazil's modern Capital City offers plenty of superb modern architecture and is an energetic hive of activity that is centrally located within this vast country... more about Brasilia
- South East
This diverse region not only features the bustling cities of both Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo but also has no end of scenic beauty from its superb iconic landmarks to its bountiful parks and famous beaches... more about Southeast Brazil
- Rio de Janeiro
This energetic and colourful city has plenty to offer, from its iconic landmarks and stunning beach selection to its energetic city atmosphere, parks and attractions and of course the cities world famous carnival... more about Rio de Janeiro
- South Brazil
The south has many treasures, from superb national parks containing unique rock formations, rivers and lakes to no end of stunning beaches, small fishing ports and a breathtaking waterfall whose shear size cannot fail to impress... more about South Brazil
- Iguacu National Park
This stunning park is filled with lush vegetation, plenty of wildlife, walking trails and the impressive Iguaza Falls... more about Iguacu National Park
Brazil Adventure Travel
The shear size of Brazil opens up the door for a number of adventure activities which can include abseiling close to formidable waterfalls, cave diving, white water rafting, surfing, kite boarding, snorkeling, horseback riding and of course trekking which can be enjoyed throughout Brazil and in particular through one of the most famous ecosystems in the world... more about Adventure Travel
Brazil has a varied cuisine that varies with each region, the cuisine is often hearty and fresh with plenty of meat and fish dishes often accompanied by rice, beans, salads and vegetables from the region.
Feijoada is considered to be Brazil's national dish and is a healthy stew traditionally made using beef and pork with several parts of the animal used such as the tongue, ribs, ears and loins along with black beans, the finished stew is often served with rice and collard greens/couve and is usually served at the weekend or on special occasions, although some restaurants serve it more frequently.
In the south barbecued dishes of meat and fish are somewhat of a speciality as is the dish known as Barreado which is a meat stew served with a fried banana and rice.
In north Brazil the Amazon plays an important role in cuisine producing dishes like Vatapa which is a colourful mixture of shrimp, coconut milk, bread and peanuts often served with rice.
A popular dish found along the coast is Moqueca which is a seafood stew which contains tomatoes, onion and peppers and is often served with rice, variations of the dish include the addition of coconut milk, either olive or palm oil.
Brazil's national cocktail is called Caipirinha and is a combination of sugar, caghaca and lime often served over ice, variations of the drink often include the addition of fruit juices such as passion fruit, strawberry and pineapple.