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Fernando de Noronha
Welcome to the Brazil portion of our website!
Welcome to our Brazil pages!  On this portion of our site, you'll find information, travelogues, and photos from the locations in Brazil that we've visited so far - Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, and Fernando de Noronha.  We've included photos, reviews, trip reports, journals, and our popular link directories.   See the links at left.

Brazil is an amazing country - we have rarely seen a country with such diversity of cultures, such a melting pot of distinct cultural regions, with the exception I suppose of the United States. 

Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, behind only Russia, Canada, the United States and China, and has the world's fifth largest population behind only China, India, the United States, and Indonesia.  It is truly an amazing country, both culturally and geographically.


While those in North America may not know much about Brazil, and many even think of Brazil as third world, that is not really the whole story.  Brazil is a very industrialized country, home to the 10th largest economy in the world.  Unlike the United States, Brazil also has a trade surplus, meaning it exports more than it imports.  However, the wealth is not shared equally.  There stands extreme poverty in Brazil, with half the population living on less than $2.00 USD a day.  Only South Africa has higher income inequality than Brazil in the world.


Brazil's largest city is Sao Paulo, the third largest city in the world by population, with nearly 18 million people.  Rio de Janeiro ranks #16 on the list, with nearly 11 million.  Only India has more cities in the top 10.   However, the vast land area of Brazil keeps the rural areas high.  Other large cities in Brazil include Belo Horizonte with 4 million, Recife with 3 million, Porto Alegre with 2.8 million, Fortaleza with 2.6 million, Curituba with 2.5 million, and Campinas with 1.7 million.


Nearly half of Brazil's population is white, with another 43% or so being Pardo (mixed race of indigenous descent).  7% of the nation's population is black, with Asians and Indigenous people making up less than 1% of the total population.  Brazil has the largest catholic population in the world.  The country is a melting pot of Portuguese, Italian, German, African, and Native cultures, which have merged differently depending on which part of the country you visit.


Brazil is emerging as a major tourist destination.  With over 5 million visitors a year and growing, Brazil is looking to it's Northeast coast to provide more tourism than ever before.  The glowing beaches of Natal are rapidly expanding.  Rio de Janeiro is the most visited area followed by Santa Catarina, Parana, Sao Paulo, Amazonas, and Bahia.  The most visited city is Foz do Iguacu, home  to the incredible Iguassu Falls, followed by Sao Paulo,  Manaus, Florianopolis and Salvador.  More Argentinans visit Brazil than any other nationality, followed by the United States and Portugal.  Approximately 800,000 visitors from the United States come to Brazil each year.

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