Given the extensive landmass that Brazil has, Brazilians are often heard saying that they live in a continent not a country. But would you be surprised to know that the country has no mountains? It compensates for the sprawling Amazonian Rainforest that is spread across and the stunning white-sand beaches that border the country. No wonder that two-thirds of the country’s population lives in the cosmopolitan beach cities of Rio and Sao Paulo. Also don’t miss the country’s intoxicating joie de vivre at its many carnivals.
Brazil’s biodiversity is exceptional and you can spot iconic species including toucans, scarlet macaws, howler monkeys, capybara, pink dolphins, sea turtles and thousands of other living species. Then there’s horseback riding and wildlife-watching in the Pantanal, kayaking flooded forests in the Amazon, ascending rocky cliff tops to panoramic views, whale-watching off the coast, surfing stellar breaks off palm-fringed beaches and snorkeling crystal-clear rivers or coastal reefs – all are part of the great Brazilian experience.