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.
Curitiba, the capital of Parana, is one of Brazil's urban success stories. It has received various United Nations awards, including the Habitat Scroll of Honor in 1992 for its "Trash That Ins't Trash" initiative.
This efficient system of collectiong and recycling garbage involves purchasing usable waste from disadvantaged sections of the community. This city has managed to modernize in a relatively sane manner- historic buildings have been preserved , a handful of streets have been closed to cars and there are many parks, gardens and wide boulevards.
The population is mostly the descendants of Italian, German and Polish imigrants with great respect for their historical past have also lead to the preservation of the Paranaense Museum, Flowers Street, the Guaira Theatre, the Paiol Theatre, and the stately Federal University of Paraná.
Although Mato Grosso is now the biggest producer of soybeans in Brazil and accounts for 12% of the country's total agricultural output, it is still known as the Brazil's Wild West.
The capital Cuiaba is a frontier town. It has few historic or cultural attractions to interest travelers. However, it's a important starting point for excursions to the Pantanal and the Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Guimaraes.
The beauty of this region starts in the extremely beautiful Linha Verde (Green Line), the Oceanside road that connects the states of Bahia and Sergipe, and adds a unique beauty to the region, in a completely preserved environment.
Other than beach, the main attactions are watching the sunset from the dunes, tearing aroung in buggies and dancing forro or reggae all night long....