Brazil, home to Christ the Redeemer, Carnival, stunning beaches, sprawling rainforests and scrumptious food. It’s easy to see why this destination is one that tourists flock to all year round. Made popular by the Fifa football world cup that was held in Brazil in 2014, it opened up the eyes of the world to this little-known country that is now a popular hotspot for people from all walks of life. Let’s now delve a little into these attractions and what makes them so popular.
Christ the Redeemer
‘Christ the Redeemer’ is a massive sculpture of Jesus Christ located in Rio de Janeiro and stands at a lofty 98 feet, with the width of the sculpture’s outstretched arms spanning an incredible 92 feet! This religious sculpture overlooks Rio and can be spotted from all around the city. You can reach the summit either by climbing the 220 stairs up or by taking the elevator (depending on your fitness). Spare some time to visit the chapel that was built under the sculpture that is a host to countless baptisms and weddings throughout the year.
The carnival, synonymous with Brazilian culture, is as an important festival that marks the beginning of the season of Lent with three days of dancing, music and singing. While similar carnivals happen all over the world, the Brazilian carnival is of epic proportions with each city adding its own unique flavour to the celebrations. The carnival is a window into the heart of Brazil and is definitely worth a peek.
The Brazilian beaches are known to be some of the most beautiful beaches in America and even the world. The landscape of the beaches varies depending on its location and each beach has its own vibe – quiet and relaxing (like Jericoacoara beach) or happening and busy (like Copacabana Beach). Choose your visit accordingly.
The Amazon rainforest, known as the ‘lungs of the world’, cover 60% of Brazil’s landmass and makes up one-third of the world’s rainforest. Due to its large acreage, a multitude of plants, animals, and birds call the Amazon rainforest their home. Tours of the Amazon rainforests are countless and include boating, fishing, kayaking and lots more. Due to its vastness, you will need much more than a day to fully experience this natural wonder. Thankfully, lodging is plenty and suits different budgets. If you plan in advance this is sure to be the best part of your trip.
Brazilian food is an amalgamation of the many immigrant cuisines that have entered the country over the years. Its biggest influences are from Africa and Europe (partly due to the geographical factor as well) and is an interesting mix of meats and seafood. Some popular Brazilian dishes are Moqueca– a creamy fish stew, Pao de queijo – cheese bread, acai– the super fruit that is now popular all over the world, tapioca pancakes and much much more.
A little bit of everything is what’s waiting for you in the biggest country in South America. A trip that’s guaranteed to be a treat for your senses filled with colours, tastes and experiences you won’t find anywhere else!