Brazil has the greatest land area of any country in South America. The claim to fame recognised by most is the excellence of Brazillian soccer players. Even youngsters have heard of Pele! Also notable are the annual Brazillian Carnavals. In the UK we celebrate Shrove Tuesday by eating pancakes. In Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Recife and Olinda it´s a full-on week of carnival celebrations. Dancers parade the streets wearing intricate and flamboyant costumes, and music is everywhere during the day and night festivities. You will never be bored in Brazil!
The country has much diversity within its borders. São Paulo is the bustling commercial centre with countless visitors each year. Pernambuco and Bahia offer their own deeply cultural, energy. The Amazon rainforest is still, in parts, untouched wilderness with secret tribes living in the jungle.
There are superb landmarks in the interior such as the waterfalls at Iguaçu. The Iguazu River flows on the border of Brazil and the Argentine Province of Misiones. It forms the largest waterfall system in the world.
Rio de Janeiro
This city is possibly the most visited in the Southern Hemisphere. Affectionately called just “Rio”, it is the vibrant city which gave the world the Samba, and the Bossa Nova (For “Strictly” fans!). It is a naturally beautiful city on the sea, with Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountains as its backdrop. The enormous statue of Christ the Redeemer is on Corcovado. It watches over the city and one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World”.
Rio de Janeiro hosted the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. It was the first South American city ever to host these events.
Brazil boasts some of the best beaches in the world. Brazilians take sunbathing very seriously along their 4,650 miles of tropical coastline. Praia dos Carneiros in Recife, Praia do Sancho in Fernando de Noronha, and the beaches of Bahia are just some examples of sandy bliss that await you in Brazil – if you like a tropical beach. The sunsets too are breathtaking. Brazilian beachgoers are known to break into applause at the end of a particularly splendid sunset on Rio´s Ipanema beach.
The size of the country means that different climate zones affect the different regions. In the north near the equator, there is a wet and a dry season. Temperatures average at least 25 °C in the daytime. From Sao Paulo down to the south, there are spring, summer, autumn and winter seasons. Warm sunny summers become cool winters, with occasional snowfall in the higher regions. The Amazon rainforest speaks for itself, with a prevalent wet season.
There are a couple of things that you need to aware of when sailing in Brazil. Government officials are especially formal. Men must wear trousers (not jeans) and a collared shirt when visiting any of the offices for ship’s paperwork formalities. Women must wear the ladies´ equivalent smart(ish) attire. Shorts, t-shirt and flip-flops will not make you popular with officials! When taking care of the clearing formalities for customs and immigration, the whole crew must be present, not just the skipper.