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Brazil

Brazilians often say they live in a continent rather than a country, and that's an excusable exaggeration. The landmass is bigger than the United States if you exclude Alaska; the journey from Recife in the east to the western border with Peru is longer than that from London to Moscow, and the distance between the northern and southern borders is about the same as that between New York and Los Angeles.

Brazil has no mountains to compare with its Andean neighbors like Peru, and Argentina, but in every other respect it has all the scenic - and cultural - variety you would expect from so vast a country. These difficulties, however, rarely seem to overshadow everyday life in Brazil. It's fair to say that nowhere in the world do people know how to enjoy themselves more - most famously in the annual orgiastic celebrations of Carnaval, but reflected, too, in the lively year-round nightlife that you'll find in any decent-sized town.

This national hedonism also manifests itself in Brazil's highly developed beach culture; the country's superb music and dancing; rich regional cuisines ; and in the most relaxed and tolerant attitude to sexuality - gay and straight - that you'll find anywhere in South America. And if you needed more reason to visit, there's a strength and variety of popular culture, and a genuine friendliness and humor in the people that is tremendously welcoming and infectious.
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Morro de Sao Paulo

The village of Morro de Sao Paulo, on Tinhare island, has no road and no cars but only sandy street. The tractors are the only transportation helping guest carring the luggages.

There are four main beaches where the water is crystal-clear, and has regularly made them on the best-beache lists of several Brazilian magazines. The clear water around the island are ideal for scuba diving and for lobster, squid and fish.
You can access this village by 50 minutes by plane from Salvador or about 1/2 hours by boat from Valenca or four hours from Salvador.

Manaus

Situated on the banks of the Negro river, the capital of the state of Amazon, Manaus is an important centre for ecological tourism. One of its most popular attractions is the Ponta Negra beach, 13 kilometres from the centre of the city, where, when the river is low, the sands are exposed right down to the river bed, forming a beautiful contrast with the dark waters of the river itself.
In the early years of the twentieth century the city of Manaus, capital of Amazonas, became very wealthy and the most important cultural centre in the Northern Region of Brazil. The old rubber barons dreamed of transforming it into a European style city and called it "the Paris of the Tropics". The architecture of the " Opera House" and Municipal Market" is an exemplo of the luxury and ostentation in which their inhabitants lived.
Manaus is a major staging post for tourist and its port is a starting point for trips into the Amazon forest.

Maceio

The capital of Alagoas, is relaxed modern city, and its beaches are enchanting with calm and emerald waters.

In addition to beaches, it has a modern feeling, apart from small historical area in the commerical center, such as buildings dating back to previous centuries, in particular, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Pleasures, 1840; the Deodoro Theatre, the Municipal Market, the Historical Institute Museum and the Floriano Peixoto Palace housing the State government headquarters.

Macapa

Macapá is the capital city of the state of Amapá in Brazil, (population: 339,500), on the Amazon River.

Accessible only by boat or by plane, the city lies exactly on the Equator, at 0ยบ N, and hosts a monument to this, known as Marco Zero (Zero Mark). Next to it there are both a sambadrome and a football stadium (the Zerão), proud to be the only one in the world where each half of the field is located in opposite hemispheres.

Lencois

The Parque Nacional dos Lençóis is an ecological paradise with 155,000 hectares of dunes, rivers, lakes and wetlands. A singular ecological phenomenon, its has been formed during thousands of years of wind movement. The landscape is astonishing wonderful: a white sandy carpet without end in sight, as if you were on a desert. Unlike a desert however, there is plenty of rain and rivers in the region. It is the rain that actually creates the Lencois and its landscape. The rain fills the uncountable lakes and the magnificent landscape. Some of the most famous lakes are the Lagoa Azul and the Lagoa Bonita for their beauty and excellent swimming conditions. Not to miss in your trip are the villages of Caburé, Atins and Mandacaru.

Joao Pessoa

One of the oldest cities in Brazil, its Historic Centre includes churches, palaces, houses and other buildings from the colonial and imperial past. There is the Casa de Pólvora, a former powder magazine which supplied troops fighting the invaders; the Convent of Santo Antonio and the church of São Francisco, forming the "baroque area", construction of which commenced in 1589 and took almost 200 years to complete; and the Monastery, considered important for the beauty of its facade, which includes sculptures, decorated tiles and wood carvings, reflecting the influence of indigenous art.
 
João Pessoa is a coastal city, and most of its beaches are in its outlying districts. Among them are Tambaú, 7 kilometers from the city center, comprising one of the most famous postcard views with the beauty of the scene and the jangadas on the sea; Penha, only two kilometers away, a small fishing village; and, a little further out at 48 kilometers, Tambaba, the only beach in the North East of Brazil devoted entirely to naturalism. 14 kilometers from the center of the city is the most easterly point of the South American continent, Ponta do Seixas, where the dawn light first strikes Brazil. Nearby is Cabo Branco, a popular beach for the beauty of its 50 mere high cliffs and the fort of the same name.

Jericoacoara

Jericoacoara is a small fishing village located 185 miles from Fortaleza or 7 hours by bus. Jericoacoara beach, the best-know beach in Ceara, has listed as one of the top ten in the world.

The place is a set of several different sceneries, altogether in a very beautiful and harmonic combination. The intense contact with nature, and the sensation of freedom that the place transmits, where every place is so wide, and no kind of behavior is restricted, will mark Jericoacoara forever in your memories.

Ilheus

Located 290 miles south of Salvador, Bahia, the town that Jorge Amado (Brazil's best-known novelist).

Ilhéus is a little tropical paradise, that offers countless options of tours of all kinds. It possesses almost hundred kilometers of beaches for all the tastes.

Foz do Iguacu

In the western side of Parana, 390 miles from Curitiba, lies the remarkable " Iguassu National Park". The most impressive feature od this reserve is its famous waterfalls. There are 275, some as high as 260 feet, and they extend for a distance of 1/2 miles. There are the cataracts of the Iguacu, meaning "Great Waters". This falls straddle the border between Brazil and Argentina. On Brazil side the highlight is the point at which you cross the walkways leading the the edge of the falls. With airborne water droplets creating colorful rainbows, the humidity here is such that it is impossible to stay dry. The Argentinian side offers views of spetacular "Devil's Throat", where the water thunders down from the height of 2,700 feet at a rate of some 390,000 cubic feet per second. The Iguassu National Park, which was established in 1939 and was listed by UNESCO as a Natural Heritage of Humanity in 1986. Of the total area of the Park, 185,000 hectares are on the Brazilian side and 55,000 hectares in Argentinian. This reserve has a particular rich fauna, with over three hundred species of birds, , including green woodpeckers, birds of prey, toucans and egrets; forty four specices of mammals, including tapirs, caybaras, otters and jaguars; and over 1,400 species of butterfly.

Florianopolis

Florianopolis, capital of the state of Santa catarina, is located on the isalnd of Santa Catarina, less than a mile from the mainland. As well as having 42 veaches, the city is surrounded by montains, dunes and mangroves. The Azorean spirit, inherited from immigrants who settled the region 250 years ago, marks the island personality.
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