Brazil, the largest country in Latin America and fifth largest country in the world is a land of great diversity, be it in culture, geography or its ecosystems. From the wilderness of the great Amazon rainforests and sun-kissed tropical beaches to the Grand Carnival celebration in Rio, the country has it all. Visit the colonial era towns in the state of Minas Gerais, blend in the culture of Bahia or visit the futuristic capital city of Brasilia. The plethora of options available in the country actually encapsulate the visitors in their charm.
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November-March; June-September is the best time to visit Brazil
One can experience a great diversity in the five geographical regions of the country. The North is the home to the world's largest rainforest, Amazon, and is a prime destination for adventure and nature lovers whereas the Northeast boasts of an impressive coastline and ethnic diversity in traditions and culture. Head out to explore the largest and most visited cities of the country, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo and the colonial era towns of Minas Gerais in South East or witness the fey charm of the ultra modernistic architecture in the Central West region. The South is known for its high living standards and urban cities and is characterised by its European influences.
Amazing diversity in flora and fauna. Rich cultural heritage. Brazilian gastronomy
High crime rate. Hygiene issues in street food. Prevalent corruption issues
From luxury resorts to cheap dormitories, there is a wide range of options in Brazil. However, during the peak seasons such as the Carnival and the New Year, finding a place gets tough as the options fall short. The hotels are rated according to a Brazilian classification system and offer different types of rooms with prices varying from region to region. Special accommodation options here include family run hotels Pensões, and guesthouses called Pousada which are less expensive than a traditional hotel. Motels are strictly for couples, and the rooms are rented on the hourly basis, hence, making it quite expensive. While travelling by road, one can also find some accommodation on highway service stations called Postos offering cheap and clean rooms for night stay. Hostels known as Albergue de juventude are gaining popularity, and there is an extensive network of hostels including the IYHF in the country.
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