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Wild Brazil

 

Brazil is an enormous landmass, and so naturally there are plenty of places to visit in the almost continent-sized country. There are so many spots of mesmerizing beauty and interest that you could pack your bags and move there today, and still not have enough time to explore the country to its fullest in your lifetime.

The question beckons as to where you should begin, and Rio de Janeiro is the most logical place to start. It played host to the Olympics this year and it is absolutely one of the most jaw-dropping urban landscapes you will see in this world. Not only is it located perfectly by the ocean, only the famous Copacabana strip of sand (and many other strips in fact) separating you from the refreshing splashes of the waves, but it is also humming with energy. In addition to its energy, Rio sits on the outskirts of the Brazilian jungle, and has long been the go-to place for explorers, biologists, and authors alike.

For those of you who prefer quaint little villages, with the adhering villagers, then head to Tiradentes or Olida. Seeing how Brazil is such as enormous country, the diversity you will find in not only geographic landscaping, but in culture and food, is astonishing. If European cuisine is what makes your glands salivate, then head to Rio Grande do Sul or Santa Catarina, both heavily influenced by the German and the Italian cultures. On your way to Santa Catarina don’t forget to visit the absolutely stunning Ilha Grande, a beautiful island in the state of Rio de Janeiro.

In terms of drinking water, most people say you can drink the tap water. However, even the locals prefer bottled water, which should definitely tell you something.

Brazil used to be very expensive but because of a number of governmental mishaps, Dilma Rousseff, and an overwhelmingly high corruption rate, the real has fallen dramatically. Bearing the faltering economy in mind you should be careful when moving around in the major cities. The aforementioned Rio de Janeiro is not a city that you, like for example Barcelona, can just wonder off into and get enjoyably and comfortably lost in. If you do, chances are you will end up in one of the city’s crime-ridden favelas, and then you are on your own.

Apart from that people are generally quite friendly even though their knowledge of the English language is not without fault. Perhaps brushing up on your Portuguese, or at the very least your Spanish, may be a good idea.