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Brazil Cruises

One of 17 mega-diverse countries on earth, Brazil is – to put it frankly – absolutely massive. It includes a vast tropical forest rich with rare wildlife, many ecological systems and extensive natural resources. It’s the world’s fifth-largest country, both by geographical area and by population, and a really fun place to visit on a cruise.

Brazil’s coastline is over 4,500 miles long and its Amazon River basin is one of the last major tropical rainforests on earth. The country is made up of savannahs, rainforests, mountains and beaches, and is populated by many different indigenous and immigrant peoples.  

Portuguese is the primary language in Brazil, but many other languages and cultural influences are present here too. 

Top 5 interesting facts

  • Cachaça, the native liquor, is distilled from sugar cane.
  • Brazil has been the world's largest coffee producer for the last 150 years.
  • Capoeira is one of the most popular sports here.
  • Brazil is named after the brazilwood tree.
  • The most popular surname in the country is Silva. 
 

Highlights

Iconic sights

Although Brasilia is the capital city, Rio de Janeiro is considered the heart of the country, and has one of the most beautiful entry ports in the world. Songs have been written about seeing Sugarloaf Mountain and the statue of Christ the Redeemer for the very first time. 

Macapa on the northern channel of the Amazon River gives visitors an idea of the depth of forest in this part of the world. History lovers will enjoy the earthen burial mounds of Belem and the colonial buildings that line the streets here. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Recife is similar, with deep cultural roots, many waterways and colourful buildings. 

Diverse landscapes

You’ll find new and old side-by-side in Salvador. Any fans of New Orleans or Havana will enjoy the open squares, pastel-coloured homes and great beaches. 

Parintins is right at the centre of the rainforest, on the banks of the Amazon. It’s a great place to learn about the indigenous people of Brazil, through their handicrafts, lives and stories.  

Buzios is known as Brazil’s St Tropez – thanks to its sophisticated boutiques, fancy restaurants and magnificent beaches. Back in the 60s this was one of Bridget Bardot’s favourite spots. 

 

Music and food

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Brazilian culture is filled with wild rhythms and dancing, and the country really is a music lover’s paradise. Each year Brazil’s most famous celebration, Carnival, shows the national character to full effect, with hip-shaking samba dancing, dazzling costumes and sheer spectacle that keeps the party going all night long.

 

Brazilians’ carefree lust for life appears in all its musical forms, whether dancing the Lambada at an atmospheric club in Rio, following powerful drumming processions in the streets of Salvador, or snaking side-to-side in the older Carimbó dancing style.

Brazilian cuisine varies greatly by area, but feijoada (stew with beans, beef and pork) is considered the country's national dish and is especially popular in Rio de Janeiro. Rice and beans is also an extremely popular dish, thanks to the influence of Caribbean culture in Brazil.

Coffee is the national drink and you’re sure to be able to get a cup no matter where you are in the country. Perfect for caffeine lovers!

 

Ports in the country

 

Cruises visiting Brazil

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