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Even the most seasoned traveler has difficulty knowing where to start a trip in Brazil.

Here is a country of superlatives that's larger than the continental U.S. Here one may cruise the Amazon, explore the world's largest tropical rain forest, discover futuristic Brasilia, and enjoy a 5,000+ mile Atlantic coastline of beaches, resorts and colonial cities.

Most visitors start in Rio de Janeiro by ascending Sugar Loaf & Corcovado Mountains, and then on to the great beaches of Copacabana & Ipanema.

After Rio one may visit booming Sao Paulo, gem-laden Belo Horizonte, Belem & Manaus on the Amazon, the vast Pantanal wetlands, the Matto Grosso frontier, and the 275 falls at incredible Iguaçu.

Very important to remember - U.S. visitors must have a visa to visit Brazil. - and also don't forget the language is Portuguese.

To give you an idea of just how big Brazil is you should be aware that more South Americans speak Portuguese than Spanish.

Trip Reports

Gateway to Amazonia The Port of Manaus

When someone mentions Manaus, thoughts of an opera house in a sleepy backwater town 1,000 miles up the Amazon River come to mind. The stately Teatro Amazonas (Opera House) hails from the day

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Brasilia: Tomorrow’s City Today

When I learned I’d be visiting Brasilia I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would the futuristic federal capital, completed in 1960 in the “middle of nowhere,” live up to its designers’ visions of

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Backpacking the Amazon

This historic, riverfront city of 1,403,000 and capital of Brazil's 67,857 sq. mile Amazonas State, stands upon the northern bank of the world's mightiest river. It is an ideal starting poin

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Amazon Odyssey 2003

Amazon is high on the list of the world's most picturesque words. It also carries a mother lode of trivia. It probably was named by Don Francisco de Orellana, the first Spaniard to lead an e

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Discover Northern Brazil

If you're looking for tropical breezes and beaches in a weather friendly location like the Caribbean but without hurricanes, there's a secret destination known to Europeans for years but jus

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São Luis - Eco-Tourism at Its Best

I paused when the short path from the shack we had driven to suddenly veered straight up. The white sand trail cut into deep green vegetation growing on a dune was as steep a trail as I had

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Fortaleza and Coastal Ceara

Fortaleza, a city of two and a half million now, is growing rapidly but still retains a beach resort atmosphere, and accommodations are available for prices which seem inexpensive due to the

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Touring Rio de Janeiro's Favelas

Most tourists only ever see one side of Rio. They will visit the famous sites such as the Christ the Redeemer statue and Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf Mountain), Ipanema and Copacabana beaches.

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Exploring Rio de Janeiro on a Budget

Although Brazil is undoubtedly now one of South America's most expensive destinations it is still possible to travel on a budget. Rio de Janeiro is one of the country's highlights for many t

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Brazil's Favorite Beaches

Many travelers to Brazil will tell you to go to Florianopolis and list it as one of their favorite places in the country. It is not hard to see why. With 42 beaches to explore, all within an

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