Amazing facts about Brazil you never knew
So you think you know Brazil? Trust us, there’s a whole other dimension you’ve never heard about! There’s much more than just world-class soccer, hot sun, and Samba dancing. Brazil offers anything and everything you could ever hope for. You might already know that the people are friendly, the food is incredible, the beaches are dreamy, and they grow coffee there. Did you know that Brazil practices more different kinds of sports than almost any country in the world? Did you know how many different countries are represented in its various communities? By chance, it also happens to be the birthplace of the thong bikini. What more could anyone ask for?! You’ll find out if you read up on vacations in Brazil.
- The Amazon River is the world’s largest by volume of water discharged. Around 209,000 cubic metres/second flow into the Atlantic Ocean.
- Brazil is one of the world’s most biodiverse countries, with a total of 4 million plant and animal species. It has more species of monkey than any other nation.
- The annual Carnival in Rio de Janeiro attracts around 2 million party-goers every day.
- According to studies, there may be more than 70 tribes in the Brazilian Amazon which have never had contact with the outside world.
- Brazil has been the world’s biggest coffee exporter for over 150 years. Back in the twenties, it actually supplied around 80% of the world’s total coffee volume!
- Brazil has 21 Unesco World Heritage Sites. The Iguazu National Park, for one, boasts one of the world’s largest and most spectacular waterfalls.
- Samba, Carimbo, Forro, Coco, Cacuria, Jongo, and Lundu are just some of the world-famous dances originating in Brazil. Everybody loves to wiggle their hips there!
- São Vicente (est. 1532) is the oldest of all cities in the nation, and was Portugal’s first permanent settlement in the Western Hemisphere.
- Brazil invented its own self-defense systems, with the Martial Arts styles of Capoeira and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu being the most famous (and effective!)
- Brazil’s highest mountain is the Pico da Neblina (bordering Venezuela) towering almost 3000 metres above sea level. Due to it being almost permanently covered behind clouds, it was not even discovered by man until the 1950’s!
- Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world by population (210 million people) and geographic area (3.3 million square miles).
- Brazil’s borders touch every other Latin American country except for Chile and Ecuador, covering almost 47% of the continent’s land mass.
- Brasilia, the country’s capital, took just 41 months to build. Rio had been the nation’s capital for 197 years before that.
- Tours of Brazil’s shanty-town “favelas” are a favourite among popular tourist attractions in recent years. The most renowned is colourful Santa Marta, which was visited by Michael Jackson, Madonna, Beyonce and several other famous legends.
- The Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro weighs 635 tonnes, is 38 metres high, and was named one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World” in 2007.
Known as a progressive nation of forward-thinking people, Brazil has welcomed the active retreat culture with open arms. With the perfect natural landscape and a sports-driven society, it’s a natural fit for people looking for sporting vacations in Brazil.
The availability of ocean water and mountaineous landscape has made adventure in a natural setting a speciality in Brazil. Hang gliding/paragliding in Rio de Janeiro is an exhilarating way to get a small glimpse of the city. How about staying at a Florianopolis surf camp for a week, and learning kitesurf with professional instructors? Ever think of training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Well, the masters in Santa Catarina are ready to teach you!
If you’re thinking of vacations in Brazil among your next holiday options, please consider some of the above and combine the best of all worlds!