Brazil is a large and vast South American country with an exotic and a tropical landscape that paved the way to the development and the rise of many great natural beauties that have later become worldwide tourist attractions. Brazil is one of the biggest tourist destinations, as the country welcomes over five million visitors every year, it ranks second in South America (behind only Argentina). Tourism also plays an essential role in the Brazilian economy, as it brings in over $6.6 billion from it as of 2012. Brazil is a nation that successfully was able to utilize its natural resources and terrains to become famous worldwide tourist attractions. Their main interactions are a combination of beaches, architectural masterpieces, majestic wildlife ecosystems, jungles, old preserved colonial towns and metropolitan fashion destinations.
Christ the Redeemer:
Major architectural and probably the most famous one of all is by the artist Paul Landowski in 1931, it is the Christ the Redeemer statue. It is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ in Rio De Janeiro, it is a cultural icon as it represents the role and importance of religion in Brazil. The statue is recognized as one of the seven wonders of the world. The money to build the statue actually came from donations from the Catholic community.
It is the largest jungle in the world, it goes beyond and across borders. The jungle has areas that are part of that border most of the countries of South and Central America. Most of the jungle beauty, nevertheless most of it lies in Brazil. The Amazon is a very intricate ecosystem; its vastness hides its fragility. All of the species and non-living components rely on one another for maintenance and if one falls or disappears then others are affected. It is the reason behind the ecosystem has suffered overtime due to man’s infringement and greed. All in all, the forest’s contribution to our world is incomparable; the jungle has species of animals and plants that only habit that region in the world, its large forests play a vital role in taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen for the whole world to breathe, and finally its fresh water reserves and rivers make up a giant percentage in the fresh water reserves in the entire planet. Although the jungle faces many challenges these days such as global warming, deforestation and pollution; the jungle’s significance and role affects everyday life in not only Brazil but all of planet Earth.
One of the greatest natural wonders of the world. Iguaçu Falls is situated on the border between Brazil and Argentina. The waterfall system consists of 275 falls along the Iguazu River. The most impressive of them all is the Devil’s Throat a U-shaped with a height of 82 meter (269 ft.). The falls can be reached from the cities Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil and Puerto Iguazú in Argentina, as well as from Ciudad del Este in Paraguay. On the Brazilian side there is a long walkway along the canyon with an extension to the lower base of the Devil’s Throat. The area was valued so highly that it was viewed a national park as early as 1934. Made up of many cascades producing vast sprays of water, it is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. The surrounding subtropical rainforest has over 2,000 species of vascular plants and is home to the typical wildlife of the region: tapirs, giant anteaters, howler monkeys, ocelots and jaguars.
The Carnival in Rio De Janeiro, one of the best-known parties in the world, is also the largest celebration in the world. The festival is a national holiday in Brazil, it runs from Friday night all the way to Wednesday night. The event is filled with music, colors, parades, drinking and people having the time of their lives. The carnival brings in more than half a million tourists every year and it has a long standing history in Rio; the festival of samba and color dates back to the early 1800’s, it began as a carnival of aristocrats and began to expand every year as it incorporated more Brazilian culture within it by adding music and dance to it. “The parade of floats in today’s Carnival celebration began as an event called Corso in 1907. At that time, it was a parade of cars, a relatively new invention at the time, through the city. Parade watchers brought streamers and confetti to throw. Another portion of the modern Carnival is the Ranchos Carnavalescos, which began in 1872 but became popular in 1911. In a Ranchos Carnavalescos, participants dressed up in costumes and performed during the parade accompanied by music played by musicians. Their popularity grew as each Ranchos Carnvalesco competed with the others to become more elaborate and entertaining. They are now one of the most popular parts of Carnival. The only time the parades were halted was during WWII, but they resumed in 1947.
The samba, which is the primary music of Rio’s Carnival, was born at Rio. The samba is a ritual Candomble dance to drums and handclaps. At the end of the 19th Century, Tia Ciata, a Candomble priestess, used to have meetings in her home where live music was played while, in the backyard, others danced the samba. The two musical beats eventually combined to form what we call the samba today. The first song that was called a samba was composed in Tia Ciata’s house.” (USA Today). One of the best words to describe the carnival for many that it is a “spectacle” and it because it combines history, mystery, color and culture as well as bringing people from all around the world together.
Beaches in Brazil:
One of the main attractions in Brazil is its beaches; due to its vast coast that faces the Atlantic Ocean that it combines all of the great features seen in beaches in addition to providing a variety of beaches. To visit Brazil is like having the ability to visit multiple countries at once, the country is a continent on its own because of its large variety in languages, cultures, history, architecture and beaches. The beaches of Brazil differ in characteristics, as the beaches all the way to the north in Fortaleza, known for its tropical beaches and charming locals; is well different then the beaches in the city of Rio, where a beach lies in the vicinity of a growing metropolitan city and brings the allure of a city that combines work with leisure. Diversity is the key word to describe Brazilian beaches, as cities all across the coast of it have famous beaches and although the cities have different reputations for being agricultural, industrial, modern or native; the beaches in Brazil all hold a common thread in their description and that by many is that they are all “beautiful” and “unique” from any other. The beaches in Brazil symbolize the Brazilian way of life and the culture’s view of facing one’s daily challenges and how to respond to them. Brazilians enjoy their leisure time, which is why the beaches have such an impact on their culture and their people, and they tend to be cool, calm and collective when facing situations. The Brazilian culture promotes spending one’s free time to be out in the city and enjoy all of amazing wonders and experiences one can go through. It is the reason behind why public places like streets, football stadiums, beaches and carnivals are well attended, it is because their lifestyle promotes it, they encourage and value human interaction. The beaches variety is unmatched to anywhere else in the world as some are famous for their beautiful white sand, some for their large rock pools, some for their crystal clear water and others for being beautifully shaped across the coast of the metropolitan cities.