Rio de Janeiro
Did you know- Rio de Janeiro, with a well-developed infrastructure, is one of the most popular and spectacular metropolises in the Western Hemisphere. This tropical city (Brazil’s most noteworthy scenery) is home to the Christ the Redeemer Statue, which has been named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. On the other hand, the 2016 Olympic Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, former capital of Brazil.
Did you know- The Federative Republic of Brazil has an area of 3, 286,478 square miles ( 8,456,511 square. kilometers), making it the Earth’s fifth-largest country, after Russia, China and Canada and America. Brazil has half of South America’s territory. This Portuguese-speaking nation is surrounded by French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay. The jungles cover about half of the country’s entire territory. In addition, the varied terrain includes plateaus, plains, valleys and mangrove swamps. Brasilia (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is the capital city.
Did you know- Without a doubt, the Federative Republic of Brazil is a special country with rich biodiversity, heritage, history, African traditions, magnificent scenery, lovely beaches, and, of course, friendly people. It has one of Latin America’s most beautiful natural seascapes. In this context, the South American nation has developed a world reputation for its stunning beaches, there are more than 7,490km of coastline. It also is an amazing destination for fishing (with abundant species of fishes). In addition, it has a host of rivers, streams, waterfalls and lakes. Over the past six years, the tourist industry has become a national priority in the Portuguese-speaking country.
Did you know– From the 1960s to the 2000s, Brazil has had four Academy Award nominations for “The Keeper of Promises” (1962), “O Quatrilho” (1995), ” Four Days in September” (1997), and “Central Station” (1998). In addition to this, Brazil has a handful of famous performers in Latin America: Sonia Braga, Fernanda Montenegro, Carmen Miranda, among others international figures.
Did you know- Soccer is the national sport in the country, which has won five FIFA World Cup titles from 1958 to 2002. In addition, it is the birthplace of Edson Arantes do Nascimento, who is one of the greatest athletes of all time (one of the few Latin Americans). With the support from Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the nation’s head of state, Brazil has won the right to host the FIFA 2014 World Cup; the world’s largest sports event. In 1950 the global tournament was held in Rio de Janeiro and other Brazilian cities.
Did you know- Brazil’s Virginia Rodrigues is Bill Clinton’s favorite singer. Like Gilberto Gil (“Palco”), Rita Lee (“Lanca Perfume”), and Erasmo Carlos (“Minha Superstar”), Rodrigues is one of Brazil’s most high-profile singers. She has many beautiful songs such as “Negrume da Noire” and “Salvador Nao Inerte”. On the other hand, the South American country also is the birthplace of the “Samba”, one of the most popular dances in the Western Hemisphere. In Rio de Janeiro thousands of people, including children, go to Samba schools!
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Did you know- The Portuguese-speaking country has 16 wonders:
(1)- Historic Town of Ouro Preto
(2)- Historic Centre of the Town of Olinda
(3)- Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
(4)- Historic Centre of Salvador de Bahia
(5)- Sanctuary of Born Jesus do Congonhas
(6)- Iguazu National Park
(8)- Serra da National Park
(9)- Historic Centre of Sao Luis
(10)- Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves
(11)- Historic Centre of the Town of Diamantina
(12)- Cerrado Protected Areas
(13)- Fernando de Noronha and Atol das Rocas Reserves
(14)- Historic Centre of the Town of Goias
(15)- Central Amazon Conservation Complex
(16)- Pantanal Conservation Area
Did you know- Since the 1950s, Brazil has become home to several beautiful girls on Earth. In 1957 and 1958, it finished second in the Miss Universe Pageant. Throughout the 1960s, Ieda Maria Vargas, Martha Vasconcelos, and Maria da Gloria Carvalho won global titles. Today it has five super-models: Gisele Bundchen, Isabeli Fontana, Adriana Lima, Ana Beatriz Barros, and Fernanda Tavares.