Powdery white sand beaches, samba, carnival, and football are synonymous with Brazil. Vast and booming, it is almost the same size as the USA and similarly a melting pot of nationalities.
Brazil is home to the largest Japanese community outside of Japan and made further diverse by German, Arab, African, Portuguese, Italian, Swedish, Spanish, Polish, Jewish, and native Indian roots. Leading supermodels of fashion Gisele Bundchen, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosia, Isabeli Fontana, Ana Beatriz Barros, Raquel Zimmerman -amongst many others- are the result if this exotic mix.
The variety of landscapes and locations of this Latin American country is equally diverse, ranging from desert lakes and Amazon forests in the north to Jurassic-style plains close to Brasilia in the centre; huge modern cities, historical towns, cobbled streets, endless tropical beaches, lush jungle waterfalls, and vast canyons in the south, where one of the world's largest waterfalls, Iguazu, is located on the border with Argentina.
Host to the World Cup finals in 2014 and the Olympic games in 2016, Rio de Janeiro is the heart of this stunning and colourful nation. Surrounded by beaches, mountain ranges, tropical forests, modern hi-rises, old cobbled streets, exotic mansions, and favela shanty towns, the city is a microcosm of the entire country. And at only a 40-minute flight from Rio de Janeiro there is Sao Paulo, the largest city in South America.