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Brazil is the giant of the Latin American region. It is the world’s fifth largest nation in terms of area and population. Its landmass is far larger than Europe combined and at 35-times larger in area than the United Kingdom, Brazil is not a country to be explored in just a couple of days. Yet whatever time you do have to spare for Brazil, we at Steamond will be happy to plan your travel to-and-from the UK, as well as your itinerary around this diverse and fascinating country.
For Europeans the Brazilian story began over 500 years ago when on 22 April 1500 the Portuguese explorer, Pedro Álvares Cabral, landed close to Porto Seguro in Bahia. Cabral and his crew may have been the first European visitors to Brazil, but many have followed in their footsteps.
But Brazil, as many visitors now know, is much, much more than just Rio de Janeiro. It is a country of many hidden treasures and experiences waiting to be discovered.
Brazil starts in the North with the undiscovered wonders of the Amazon, with its man made oasises of Manaus and Belem acting as gateways to comfortable lodges in the heart of the rainforest.
The Northeast, with its mix of tropical beaches and culture, is Brazil’s very own holiday playground. It spreads from Maranhão in the North to Bahia in the South by way of such popular coastal destinations as São Luiz, Jericoacoara, Fortaleza, Natal, João Pessoa, Olinda, Recife, Porto de Galinhas, Maceió, Praia do Forte, Salvador, Morro de São Paulo, Trancoso and Itacaré.
In total Brazil has more than 4,500 miles (7,250km) of warm, white beaches that go to make up part of the longest continuous coastline of any country in the world.
Away from the coast there is the Central West and the striking contrast between Brazil’s futuristic capital, Brasília, and the Pantanal, Brazil’s own wild west that holds one of the largest and richest reserves of wildlife known to man.
As well as being home to Rio de Janeiro, the South East of Brazil is where São Paulo and nearly half of Brazil’s population of 190 million are located. Latin America’s largest industrial and commercial centre, São Paulo is the economic engine that pulls the Brazilian economy. Most flights from Europe go straight to São Paulo, and if you are doing business in Brazil you will need to spend some time in the city and that will allow you to discover why it is one of the world’s great cosmopolitan centres.
The South East is also the location of the historic towns of Minas Gerais that make up one of the great colonial legacies of a country full of artistic and architectural masterpieces.
Last, but by no means least, there is the prosperous South, a sub-tropical region that has been influenced by countless European immigrants who have flourished over the centuries. It is the region that is responsible for Brazil’s fine wines and outstanding beef, as well as one of the world’s great natural wonders and most popular tourist sites in Latin America – the waterfalls at Foz do Iguaçu.
There is much to see and discover in Brazil, so come and talk to the experts at Steamond so that we can unlock the doors to this fascinating country that, in our opinion, is one of the most exciting destinations for any holiday.