Welcome to the guide to Brazil that will help you quickly and easily discover where you need to travel to in Brazil (and how); and what you need to see and do while you are in the country. No fuss, no puff, just what you actually need to know to plan a visit to Brazil, be it on business or leisure. The pleasure – in Brazil – is a given.
For Brazil the times really are a-changin’ and continue to do so. Brazil is one of the world’s largest and most politically stable democracies and, despite the recent global economic troubles, its economy is still doing relatively well on both the domestic and international front, and is one world’s biggest.
As in many countries, COVID-19 has had a major and disruptive impact on life in Brazil and in Rio de Janeiro. Given the size of the population, and the country, Brazil has had one of the highest number of COVID cases and deaths in the world after the US, and access to and around the country has been restricted. As a result a number of hotels, restaurants, bars, stores, attractions, and even beaches, have been closed or offer limit access. So please check before you plan a visit to Brazil or Rio for leisure purposes. We will try to update the site just as soon as it is clear which businesses have re-opened and survived. It also looks as if there will be major disruption to Rio’s carnival in 2021 with few or none of the major parades and group activities taking place. If you want to truly experience carnival in Rio, or any other part of Brazil, you will be better to wait until 2022.
Brazil, a country synonymous with the brilliance of its football team, hosted the FIFA World Cup between 12 June and 13 July 2014, a tournament considered to be one of the best cups ever, and then hosted the Olympic (5-21 August) and the Paralympic games (7-18 September) in Rio de Janeiro during 2016.
Thanks to hosting the World Cup and the Olympics many more people from around the world got a small taste of Brazil and are now starting to visit the country and visit some of the places they saw on their television sets.
On 1 July 2012, the city of Rio de Janeriro was elected by UNESCO to be a World Heritage Centre due to its iconic landscape and setting. It is one of 22 Brazilian World Heritage sites, 14 of them cultural and seven of which are natural, with Paraty and Ilha Grande considered a mix of the two. 2015 was also the 450th anniversary of the founding of the city of Rio. Rio de Janeiro has aslo been named the World Capital of Architecture for 2020.
A full list of Brazil’s 22 UNESCO sites and the year adopted:
- Brasilia (1987)
- Historic Centre of Salvador de Bahia (1985)
- Historic Centre of São Luís (1997)
- Historic Centre of the Town of Diamantina (1999)
- Historic Centre of the Town of Goiás (2001)
- Historic Centre of the Town of Olinda (1982)
- Historic Town of Ouro Preto (1980)
- Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis: San Ignacio Mini, Santa Ana, Nuestra Señora de Loreto and Santa Maria Mayor (Argentina), Ruins of Sao Miguel das Missoes (Brazil) (1983,1984)
- Pampulha Modern Ensemble (2016)
- Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea (2012)
- Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas (1985)
- São Francisco Square in the Town of São Cristóvão (2010)
- Serra da Capivara National Park (1991)
- Valongo Wharf Archaeological Site (2017)
- Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves (1999)
- Brazilian Atlantic Islands: Fernando de Noronha and Atol das Rocas Reserves (2001)
- Central Amazon Conservation Complex (2000,2003)
- Cerrado Protected Areas: Chapada dos Veadeiros and Emas National Parks (2001)
- Discovery Coast Atlantic Forest Reserves (1999)
- Iguaçu National Park (1986)
- Pantanal Conservation Area (2000)
For our guide and the story to the 2014 FIFA World Cup CLICK HERE
For a more complete and comprehensive guide to the city of Rio de Janeiro visit our sister site Rio: The Guide
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