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Top 3, in Brazil

Top 3, in Brazil

While Brazil is struggling with a strong pandemic, we thought of writing an article about the beauties of this land, to show the world that there are not only negative aspects on which we should focus at the moment, but also good ones. Therefore, today’s article is, as the title says, a new Top 3 about the largest country in both South America and Latin America – Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil.

Being the fifth largest nation in the world, it is very easy to recognize it shape on the map. It looks almost like a huge triangle on the triangle on the eastern side of the continent in the Atlantic Ocean with a coastline of 4,500 miles (7,400 kilometers). It shares borders with all countries in South America, except Chile and Ecuador.

Until recently, scientists thought Brazil was first settled by Asians about 10,000 years ago. But new evidence shows there were people living there at least 32,000 years ago. During the great European explorations of the late 15th century led by Portugal and Spain, Brazil was added to the world map. When Europeans first reached Brazil’s coast, the country was home to approximately 30 million indigenous people, or Amerindians. Today, there are only about 300,000 left, mainly living in the remotest places in Brazil.

Currently, Brazil has a population of over 211 million people. Let’s find out most populous cities from here:

  • São Paulo – approximately 12.25 million people (also the capital)
  • Rio de Janeiro – 6.72 million people
  • Brasilia – 3.02 million people

Brazil’s population is very diverse, and contains many races and ethnic groups. Historically, Brazil has undergone significant degrees of national and racial admixture, linguistic assimilation, and syncretism. Brazil’s population is said to be among the world’s most diverse. With that being said, Brazilians typically trace their descent from 3 sources:

  • Europeans
  • Amerindians
  • Africans

Brazilians are quite proud of their football. In fact, association football is the most played sport in Brazil and it has been tied to the country’s national identity. Fun fact, more than any football team in history, the Brazil national football team has the greatest number of wins in the FIFA World Cup football tournaments. That’s how much they take their football seriously. The most famous football players from this country are:

  • Pelé
  • Ronaldo
  • Ronaldinho

We talked about people and history, it’s time to move on to nature, because there are many things to discuss here as well. Brazil has the world’s highest animal population than any other state.  It is home to 600 species of mammals, 1,500 species of fish, 1,600 species of birds and an astounding 100,000 different kinds of insects. It can be very daunting to choose a single favorite with such incredible biodiversity, which is why we have limited it to our top 3 best species you can see in Brazil:

  • Anacondas (They have been recorded at sizes of up to 9m long, with weights going as high as 70kg, though folklore and historical reports alike claim that these snakes can grow up to 30m in length.
  • Giant armadillos (= they’re exactly what they sound like – an armadillo that can grow up to an impressive 80kg, measuring 1.5m from nose to tail.)
  • Jaguars

We don’t all have the adventurous spirit in our blood, so for the rest of the people who want to visit Brazil, there other alternatives besides jungle. Brazil is home to so many magnificent beaches, so it’s no joke that a bikini cut is named after it— the nation is not only riddled with gorgeous beaches, but those beaches are also a huge part of its culture, particularly in Rio. The 3 most famous are:

  • Copacabana (which is a pretty famous one around the world)
  • Ilha Grande (once used as a quarantine place for people with leprosy)
  • Ipanema (great for surfing)

Brazil is both a tropical paradise for tourists and an exciting cultural destination with attractions for all tastes, from idyllic beach holidays and jungle explorations to world-class art museums and Rio’s Carnival’s pulsating rhythms. There are many attractions worth mentioning, but we’ve managed to pick the most rated ones:

  • Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) – With arms outstretched 28 meters, as if to encompass all of humanity, the colossal Art Deco statue of Christ gazes out over Rio de Janeiro and the bay from the summit of Corcovado.
  • Sugar Loaf – The easily recognized emblem of Rio de Janeiro, the rounded rock peak of Sugar Loaf juts out of a tree-covered promontory, rising 394 meters above the beaches and city.
  • Iguaçu Falls – At the point where Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina meet, the Iguaçu river drops spectacularly in a semicircle of 247 waterfalls that thunder down into the gorge below.

Dance is very important in Brazilian folk culture. So, there are dozens of local genres of dances, and many variations within each of them. Even within the same state, you’ll find different folk dances according to where you go. Here are 3 traditional Brazilian dances worth knowing about:

  • Samba – Its origins lie in the west coast of Africa, coming to Brazil through slavery. It is the music genre and dance most closely linked to Rio de Janeiro.
  • Jongo – sometimes known as caxambu – was brought over to Brazil through slavery and is thought to have originated from Angola.
  • Carioca funk – Funk is a mix of Miami bass and African-style music, producing an underground, gritty sound – often accompanied with controversial lyrics about women, sex and drugs.

Brazilians love to throw a festival, as can be seen with their world-famous annual carnival, where everyone from youngsters to the elderly leap with complete passion and fun-spirit into the festivities. We are exploring the top 3 festivals you have to consider on your trip to Brazil:

  • Festa de Iemanjá – one of the key religious festivals that that make up the Afro-Brazilian calendar. In this celebration, the religions of Candomblé and Umbanda honor the African deity and goddess of the sea, Iemanjá.
  • Carnival – one of the best-known festivities in the country. It occurs between the months of February and March, starting on Friday and extending until the Carnival Tuesday, which precedes Ash Wednesday. During this period, the famous parades of the samba schools take place.
  • Festa Junina – Several striking features make up the Festa Junina, among them the Quadrilha, a danced staging of what a marriage ceremony in the rural environment would be like.

There would be much more to say about this wonderful country, but we would turn this article into a whole novel. In order to end this post, we need one more category – food. The typical food of Brazil has many influences. The Portuguese had a huge impact in shaping Brazil’s culture and traditions. Brazilian food has also been influenced by other European, African, South American, and Asian countries. We’ve gathered the best 3 traditional dishes:

  • Picanha – Barbecued meat is a Brazilian speciality. Picanha (rump) is the most popular cut and it is seasoned with only salt before it’s cooked to perfection.
  • Feijoada – A rich, hearty stew made with different cuts of pork and black beans. It is the national dish and is served countrywide.
  • Moqueca – delicious fish stew which is served piping hot in a clay pot.

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