Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth-biggest nation in the world. Bordering all but two countries on the continent (Chile and Ecuador), this geographic giant has all the diversity one would expect from a country of its size. With dazzling beaches, lavish forests, colorful residents, and tourist attractions to spare, Brazil exceeds all expectations.
The ecological highlights of this grand country include the Amazon rainforest, miles of beautiful beaches, and Iguazu Falls—one of the world’s largest and most spectacular waterfalls. For all the attraction of Brazil’s natural beauty, it is the Brazilians themselves who are the most charming. Their unique culture has been shaped not only by the Portuguese, who supplied the nation’s principal religion and language, but also by the African, European, Arabic, and Asian influences that flavor the country. The result is an enchanting mixture of people, foods, and traditions to be found virtually nowhere else on Earth.