Brazil: Overview

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Updated: 2017-03-02.

Federative Republic of Brazil | República Federativa do Brasil

Brazil (spelled Brasil by most) is the fifth most-populous country in the world, as well as the fifth largest in the world by land area. As the easternmost country in the Americas, it is massive in area, taking up a giant portion of the continent of South America, and it borders almost every country in South America, except Chile and Ecuador.  To its north, Brazil is bordered by Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, to the northwest is Colombia, to the the west is Bolivia and Peru, to the southwest is Argentina and Paraguay and to the south is Uruguay.

Brazil offers a diverse range of experiences for any traveler; it is strange, yet made up of many familiar things; it can be downright dangerous in some areas, while overwhelmingly gorgeous nearby. From the white beaches, to the rain forests, to the large metropolitan areas, to the sketchy favelas within, Brazil does not disappoint anyone, especially the avid photographer. Over the past few years, while the world has mostly struggled with depression-like economies, Brazil is climbing into its own. It can be one of the most expensive places you will ever visit, especially around the larger cities and famous resort areas.

Stroll down the street or beach with a caipirinha, Brazil’s national drink. Check out the parties and nightlife of Rio de Janeiro, the wonder of the Iguazu Falls, and the biodiversity of the Amazon Basin. There are many archipelagos that are part of Brazilian territory, such as Fernando de Noronha, Rocas Atoll, Saint Peter and Paul Rocks, and Trindade and Martim Vaz.

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