Top Countries to Visit 2014 – Brazil
Our second post of this series of top countries to visit 2014- Brazil is a country filled with remarkable culture, activities and experiences. From enormous festivals to natural wonders like Iguazu Falls, there is something here to tempt the most seasoned travelers.
With its long history, Brazil is a destination for ruins and museums.
It’s also one of the best places in the world to catch a soccer match, sunbathe on a popular beach or dance to the sound of a good Samba.
Brazil is a feast for the senses. From gritty urban streets to the Christ the Redeemer statue presiding over Rio de Janeiro, this uncommon country features welcoming locals and an ancient culture that will endure for centuries.
One of the best ways to experience any culture is through its cuisine, and Brazil is no exception. The national dish is feijoada, a hearty black bean stew that includes meats like beef and pork.
Favorite accompaniments include cabbage and white rice. For a truly authentic experience, wash the meal down with a rum, sugar and lime drink called caipirinha. This hard liquor cocktail packs a serious punch, but this national drink must be experienced.
Another indispensable culinary experience can also be had throughout the country. Rodizio restaurants are essentially steakhouses where servers visit the table with giant skewers packed with mouthwatering meats.
The servers come back again and again with different meats until the diners have had their fill. This signature Brazilian experience is truly not to be missed.
After sumptuous dining, some relaxation is in order. Fortunately, Brazil has a number of gorgeous beaches that are suitable for lounging and people watching.
There’s Rio’s Ipanema for gazing at the beautiful people or the countless secluded stretches found in the Fernando do Noronha archipelago, which is also a popular spot for divers.
Some of Brazil’s natural wonders include the astoundingly powerful Amazon River where you can take a kayak or canoe adventure. The surrounding rainforest is filled with wildlife and stunning vegetation.
Active travelers will want to trek or bike in the Chapada Diamantina. Buttes, waterfalls and water slides are just the beginning of the attractions.
In the cities, visitors flock to the Pinacoteca do Estado in Sao Paulo to see Brazilian art and Salvador’s Mercado Modelo to pick up souvenirs that include items handcrafted by local artisans.
In Belém, visitors are drawn to the Ver-o-Peso Market where they can see rare and unusual Amazonian fish and fruits for sale alongside mysterious love potions and assorted trinkets.
Brazil is a festive country, and it’s possible to attend a celebration in any season. Of course, the most famous of these is Rio’s Carnaval.
Often labeled as the largest party in the world, the spectacle of Carnaval is one that will never be forgotten. The raucous parades, live music and feasting is a one-of-a-kind experience.
The country is also known for its New Year’s celebration and the Passion Play in Nova Jerusalem.
No matter how you choose to experience Brazil, you’re certain to be affected by the grandeur of its landscapes, the warmth of its people and the richness of its culture.
Stay tuned for more in our series Top Countries to Visit 2014