the beautiful brazil
. Filled with numerous beaches, breathtaking landscapes and pristine rainforests, Brazil is one of the most enchanting places to travel in South America. As the country gears up to host the 2016 Olympic Games, we take a look at Brazils cultural diversity and its exotic natural beauty.
BAY OF DOLPHINS
. The bay is frequented by dolphins and thus a favorite hangout for dolphin spotters, especially the cliff top. The rich waters of Bay of Dolphins, also known as Baia dos Golfinhos,within the National Marine Park ofFernando de Noronha, makes it practically impossible to identify all the varieties of sea life they hold.
. The city was once used as a refuge by Empress Maria Tereza from the blistering heat of Rio. In the recent past, the city hosted the Brazilian national football squad for three long decades. It is also famous its breathtaking landscapes and natural treasures.
. The world famous steps in Rio de Janeiro are the work of the Chilean born artist Jorge Selarón. The 250 steps of the staircase are covered with over 2,000 tiles collected from over 60 countries.
. The entire beach is demarcated into several postos (posts), each representing a different set of activities or culture. So, if postos 9 is the destination for tanned body enthusiasts, postos 10 is known for its sports activities. Famous for surfing, the surfs can often reach up to the height of nine feet in winters.
. According to an online poll conducted in 2007, the garden received the maximum number of votes for the selection of Seven Wonders of Brazil. Today, the garden is a rich ecosystem with wide variety of flora and several sculptures.It also houses a Botanical Garden Museum, which also acts as the center for research.
SALA SiO PAULO
. Located inside the J?lio Prestes Cultural Center, the concert hall has a capacity of 1,498 and is home of the S?o Paulo State Symphonic Orchestra. The hall is equipped with an adjustable ceiling, which is moved according to acoustic requirements of the performance.
CHRIST THE REDEEMER
. The world famous 38mhigh statue is located on top of the Corcovado Mountain and is visible from nearly every part of the city. The statue, designed by French sculptor Paul Landowski, can be reached using the narrowgauge train from the foot of the mountain.
. Covering an area of 32 square kilometers, it is claimed to be the world s largest urban forest. There are close to 30 waterfalls in the region and owing to the dense vegetation, the area experiences temperature fall up to 50 Degree Fahrenheit (10 Degree Celsius) against the temperatures of surrounding areas.
LEN OIS MARANHENSES NATIONAL PARK
. Spread across an area 580 square miles (1,500 square kilometers), it is an ecosystem formed by vast expanses of plain white sand dunes. The park offers several attractions, including a jeep ride over the sand dunes, Pregui?as lighthouse in Mandacaru, and a boat ride on the Pregui?as River.
. Brazilian publications have named it as the best place to live in Brazil. The New York Times termed the city as the party destination of the year in 2009. With 42 beaches, the city is also known as the surfing destination in Brazil.
SUGAR LOAF MOUNTAIN
. For a breathtaking panoramic view of the city of Rio, take a cable car ride to the top of the mountain. With steep slopes and over 270 routes, it s considered to be one of the largest urbanclimbing areas in the world.
. The purposebuilt area in downtown Rio de Janeiro features the annual samba school parade competitions. Built in 1984, the Sambadrome consists of 700m stretch of Marqu?s de Sapuca? Street, with beaches on both sides, and a capacity to hold a massive crowd of 90,000 people.
. The river cover a distance of 4,225 miles (6,800 km) and can spread across a width of 1,725 miles (2,780 km) from north to south. It is also the world s largest river by volume and transports nearly 20 percent of the fresh water on Earth.
. The Amazon River basin is home to more than a million indigenous Americans, divided into 400 different, each enjoying its own culture, language and lifestyle.
OLHO D AGUA RIVER
. The crystalclear water houses 50 different variety of fish. The river is also home to alligators, otters and anacondas.
. In the last few years, the government has taken several steps to improve favela s security paving way for slum tourism, especially in Sao Paulo and Brazil.
PORCO S BAY
. Located in the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, the islands are a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Hot water currents travel all the way from Africa towards the shores of Porcos Bay, which makes it a perfect diving place.
LARGO DE PELOURINHO
. Listed as UNESCOs World Heritage, the street is located in the heart of the oldest part of the city of Salvador, Bahia. It is believed that the steep paths of the city were once the center for slave auction. The city itself offers a vivid mixture of architectural styles of European, African and Amerindian cultures.
. The Multimedia Fountain, located inside the Ibirapuera Park, is the biggest multimedia fountain in Latin America. The park spread over an area of 1.6 million square feet houses Municipal School of Astrophysics, School of Gardening, one auditorium, museums, and several event and exhibition pavilions: Afro Brazil Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Japanese Pavilion, Bienal Pavilion, the Ibirapuera Auditorium, and Oca.
LOPES MENDES BEACH
. With not a building or restaurant in sight, Lopes Mendes beach is all about nature. A prominent surfing destination, it is counted amongst the best beaches in the country. It stretches across 3 km and is one of the 100 unspoilt beaches on the island of Ilha Grande.
. The beaches of Praia de Boa Viagem and old Recife are known for their New Years Eve celebrations. The carnivals in Recife and Olinda begin well in advance of the New Years Eve, and feature a series of parades and balls.
BAIA DO SANCHO
. The beach was adjudged as the beach in the world by Tripadvisor in 2014. Famous for its pristine waters, coral reefs, and peace and quiet, it attracts visitors from all across the globe.
. It is the northernmost municipality in the Brazilian state of Ceara, and is famous for its beach, national park, hardtoreach locations that are accessible only through sand dunes tracks, and stunning coastal scenery.
. A visit to Brazil is incomplete without a visit to the famous Maracan? Football Stadium. Hailed as Brazil s temple of football, the stadium underwent a staggering $900 million upgrade for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
. One of the most famous beaches of the Maragoginota municipality, it is known for its large, shallow natural pools called as Welsh. The beach is also the favorite amongst the tourists for snorkeling and diving.
. A neighborhood in Rio, it is famous for its long winding, narrow streets and is favorite destination for artists and tourists. It is home to several art studios, galleries, restaurants and bars.
. The 2.8kmlong avenue houses large number of financial and cultural institutes, shopping areas and Latin America s most comprehensive fineart museum, MASP. It is also claimed to be the most expensive real estate in Latin America.
. The waterfall lies on the BrazilArgentina border and divides the Iguazu River into upper and lower portions. There are several goodquality hotels that offer a good view of the fall with lush rainforest in the background.
. Recognized as Brazil s largest fresh water river islands, the archipelago consists of 400 islands spread across 90 kilometers. The islands are covered with diverse native vegetation and are home to different species of animals, including the piranhas, different types of birds, dolphins and manatees.
BECO DO BATMAN
. This openair gallery of street art is a popular destination amongst tourists for its dense concentration of graffiti. It came into existence after a graffiti featuring Batman was painted on one of its walls in the 1980s.
. Located on the triple border of Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana, the tepuy (Spanish for Table Mountain) is around 2,800 metres tall. The summit has several tourist points ? Triple Point, where borders of all three countries meet; El Foso, a 10mwide sinkhole that leads into underground cave; and Lake Gladys.
. For people interested in history, a tour of the colonial cities of Brazil might just be the ideal thing to do. These cities thrived during slavery, and are now center of African culture and colonial architecture.
S O PAULO CATHEDRAL
. Considered to be the 4th largest neogothic cathedral in the world, it took four decades to complete and is adorned with neogothic exteriors, stainedglass windows and 800 tons of rare marble.
OBELISK OF SAO PAULO
. Located in Sao Paulo s Ibirapuera Park, the Obelisk contains the remains of over 700 fighters from the Constitutionalist Revolution of 1932. Designed by ItaloBrazilian sculptor Galileo Ugo Emendabili, the tower is 236 ft 3 in (72 m) and is made up of travertine marble.
. Aroe Jari, also known as the Frenchman Cave, is the largest sandstone cavern in Brazil. The extremely flat cave structure is 1,550 meters long and consists of numerous waterfalls. The prime attraction of the cave is the blue lagoon, a natural swimming pool formed because of the crystal blue water.
. One of the four beaches located on the island of Tinhare in Bahia, the beach is famous for its local shops selling tshirts, dresses, and the famousHavaiana and Ipanema flipflops. Tinhare Island can only be reached via a boat or an airplane, and hence the beaches are not too crowded.
. Located in the city center of Rio de Janeiro, it is considered to be the most beautiful and important theatres in the country. The theatre, with the capacity of 280, was built in 1769 and is known for hosting occasional live performances.
. The 4kmlong stretch of the balneario beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world. Two historic forts encompasses the length of the beach, located at the Atlantic shore. It plays host to millions of revelers from around the globe for the annual New Year s Eve celebrations and during the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.