Brazil covers more that half of South America and has raw energy and diversity to match its size.
- There is Rio, a city equal to Paris or Prague for beauty.
- Its Carnival attracting 40 000 international visitors.
- The Northeast’s collection of 5000 year old rock art.
- The megalopolis of Sao Paulo’s population of 17 million plus.
- The jungles of the Amazon.
There are so many options for travelers in Brazil. Rio de Janeiro has beaches, sun and fun – the calling cards of South America’s premier beach Resort. It is crowded with cars and people and sunshine and dirt, but it is here where granite monoliths and jungle-covered mountains unite with the white beaches and blue sea and a hectic city atmosphere.
Brazil also boasts an infinite variety of beaches. Styles range from the urban setting of Rio’s Copacabana and Ipanema to isolated, unspoiled treasures along the north-eastern coast.
Last, but not least, is the Amazon Basin, a jewel of nature, of which part is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The jungle covers 60% of the nation’s land mass and has population of about 17 million. Twenty percent of the world’s freshwater reserves are found here and the area is responsible for more than 30% of the earth’s oxygen. These statistics are staggering and so too is the diversity of this ecosystem. The Amazon is home to 2/3 of all existing species on earth. Many activities are offered in this spectacular region of the world:
- Flights over the jungle
- Boat trips down the Amazon River passing small riverside villages and native people carrying out their daily activities
- Fishing tours
- Scientific Research trips are also proving popular through the Desengano State Park and Itatiaia National Park with Earthwatch.
- Amazon jungle and camping safaris are on offer travelling by wooden river boat, visiting villages and trekking through the forest.
- Bird watching tours through the Amazon Basin and Itatiaia National Park are available year-round from coastal rainforest to wet pampas and grasslands.
- White-water Rafting and Kayak trips are available June-October where on can see wildlife, camp on sandy beaches, swim and go fishing.
In the past decade, civilisation has been gnawing away at the edges of this great forest ; settlers from Brazil’s decaying urban centres slashing and burning the forest and setting up small homesteads, major gold discoveries have been made which has brought disease and devastation to indigenous communities, logging the forest has also caused similar results including the loss of threat of species. Conservationists are fighting against such destruction in order to preserve one of the world’s most ecologically sensitive regions. It may too be at risk from tourism developments if the demand increases for facilities and touring enterprises from the international market.