Interesting facts about Brazil
If you are not afraid of a transatlantic flight to the southern hemisphere, changing not only the time zone, but also the time of year – visit Brazil.
This country has been rapidly developing economically in recent years, and the stormy temperament and cheerfulness of local residents have long been known all over the world. It is enough to recall the famous Brazilian carnivals-a stunning festive event that gathers more than a million tourists in Rio de Janeiro alone at the end of February, and the Brazilians themselves are massively plunged into a dance trance for four days, to understand that for a quiet and peaceful holiday, you need to choose another country. But fans of bright impressions, genuine tropical exoticism and fun will find all this in abundance in Brazil.
As you know, Portuguese is spoken in this country, which is the largest in terms of population and territory in Latin America. But what is less known, but important for tourists-English is not popular in Brazil, and knowledge of this language for our compatriots may be useless. Perhaps this reflects the age-old desire of Brazilians for identity.
The capital of the country, Brasilia, a city in the jungle, specially built according to a single project of the famous architect Oscar Niemeyer, can serve as an example of this identity. It is not like any other capital in the world, this city is decorated with huge reinforced concrete arches, inverted hemispheres and skyscrapers with solid glass. Even the main Catholic Church of the country, the Cathedral, is hidden under the ground, and on the surface there is only its dome in the form of some fantastic petals.
The National Congress Palace
Cathedral of the blessed virgin Mary in Brasilia
National Museum of Brazil in Brasilia
Brasilia – the capital, but not the largest city in the country, this honor rightfully belongs to Sao Paulo, a metropolis with a population of 13 million. Sao Paulo is a fairly old city, and is built up, unlike Brasilia, quite traditionally. But any tourist from Europe will feel the Brazilian identity immediately – there is no outdoor advertising in this huge city! It is banned by the city authorities as interfering with the “visual perception of the city”.
Another major Brazilian city, Rio de Janeiro, considered the original” great Combinator “Ostap Bender, remember:” a Million people, and all – in white pants!”There are already as many as six million residents in Rio, white pants are rare, but the city’s appearance is still unique. This is felt even in the air: even on the approach to Rio de Janeiro, passengers of Airliners admire the 38-meter sculpture of Christ the Redeemer with outstretched 30-meter hands. The statue is considered one of the new seven Wonders of the world.
Beaches of Rio de Janeiro
The beaches of Brazil are worthy of special mention. Almost the entire Atlantic coast of the country is a chain of beautiful, wide sandy beaches that stretches for many hundreds of kilometers. In cities, most beaches are free and open, because the beach is a special place for Brazilians. People relax here, make appointments, and even business meetings, and, of course, play football. It is on the beaches of Capacabana, Ipanema and many others that this world phenomenon – Brazilian football-was formed. here Pele, Garrincha, Ronaldo and other world football stars – the game that is adored by all Brazilians-began their glorious path.
Going from Russia to Brazil in the summer, you will find yourself in … winter, because you will fly over the equator. But it’s okay – Brazil is a tropical country, the holiday season there lasts all year round. However, swimming on Brazilian Atlantic beaches is not a very pleasant feature: strong ocean currents along the entire coast often form dangerous waves and create a powerful surf. And on the coast of Recife, in addition to everything else, there is a high probability of sharks.
Favela Rocinha in Rio
The booming economy of Brazil has led to the fact that the country has reached one of the first places in the world in the number of billionaires. At the same time, major cities are surrounded by favelas-slum areas that even the police are afraid to visit.
The love of Brazilians for football is truly limitless. 75% of Brazilians of both sexes consider themselves fans. The national team of Brazil is the only one in the world that has participated in all the world Championships, and five times the Brazilians have become Champions. In addition, the Brazilian team won the World Cup more often than others – also five times, in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. At least one football stadium is available in every Brazilian town.
Brazilians have original ideas about women’s beauty. A pretty girl on the street can easily hear: “What a beautiful ass you have!”. This is considered quite decent and causes only a grateful smile.
Roads In Brazil
The Brazilian government is concerned about protecting the environment. Five million cars in the country are already running on biofuels from sugar cane and rapeseed waste. And by the way: from 22:00 to 5:00 am in Rio de Janeiro, car drivers are allowed to go through red traffic lights. It is believed that this measure reduces the risk of car theft.
There are many more interesting things to tell about Brazil. The Samba and capoeira schools, the unique tropical fauna, the life and lifestyle of the Indians in the Amazon jungle, and the very distinctive national cuisine are worthy of attention. But each such topic, and many others, requires a separate story. Perhaps, when you return from this amazing country, you will tell us about your impressions on the pages of our portal, and we will be very grateful to you.