Brazil is More than a Beach Destination
We have all heard about the beaches in Brazil and they are the most popular tourist attraction in Brazil. Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo are two of the largest cities in Brazil, but there is much to learn by exploring some of the more remote and lesser known cities in this wonderful country. Below is a short list of destinations for the more curious and adventuresome traveler.
Belem is situated in the northeast corner of Brazil where the headwaters of the Amazon River meet the Atlantic Ocean. The river is tidal and can vary up to 10 feet depending on the position of the moon. Belem is truly a third-world city that has been in existence for hundreds of years. Heavily influenced by the first Portuguese explorers, Belem has two types of weather so close to the equator. Wet season and dry season dominates this area.
Belem boasts an Opera House 300 years old and is the site of one of the world’s most famous religious festivals – Cirio de Nazare.
Manaus is located in the north at the confluence of the rivers Rio Negro and Rio Solimoes, two of the largest tributaries of the Amazon River. The Amazon River accounts for 25% of the world’s fresh water and is by far the world’s largest river by volume. When one steps off the plane in Manaus you can cut the atmosphere with a knife! You are in the heart of the Amazon Region.
Fortaleza is the state capital of Ceara. It is the 5th largest city in Brazil, but the beaches and the culture are key attractions. Art and music are rampant in this city by the Atlantic Ocean.
Curitiba is the capitol of the Brazilian state of Parana. While the northern cities of Brazil have a distinct tropical flair, Curitiba and many southern cities are reminiscent of European destinations. The city is populated with many peoples of German, Polish, Italian and Russian dissent. Cattle and timber products, mostly pine, are key resources for this populous area.
The Pantanal is a key tropical area and is one of the world’s largest wetland ecological systems in the world host to a multitude of strange and exotic fish and creatures. Mostly located in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, the Pantanal is Brazil’s version of the U.S. Everglades region.
No visit to Brazil is complete without a visit to one of this country’s most celebrated culinary inventions. The churrascaria is a true gourmet’s delight if roasted meat over an open fire is your forte. This style of cooking was first practiced by the gauchos of southern Brazil while working their cattle on the open range. It has a distinct Portuguese flair and is a treat not to be missed.
Explore Brazil and find some of these treasures for yourself.