Only 105 miles from Rio De Janeiro, a pleasant 2-hour trip takes you to the Peninsula of Búzios, whose more than 20 magnificent beaches and crystal-clear water contrast with the exuberantly sculptured landscape and exotic vegetation, which a prodigal "Mother Nature" has privileged with a wonderful year-round summer. Originally settled by European pirates and slave traders, this happy mixture of many bloods prospered and became a picturesque fishing village.
Elected as one of the 10 most beautiful areas in the world, famous for it's unique combination of rustic charm, architectural harmony, incredible beauty, sophisticated boutiques and restaurants frequented by visitors who come from all over the world to savor its magic. Approximately 5 miles long, the Búzios peninsula is bathed by the Brazilian and Antarctic maritime currents.
Angra dos Reis
Angra dos Reis is the principal town along the aptly named Costa Verde (Green Coast) that runs two hundred miles south of Rio to the border with the state of Sao Paulo.
This lush, mountainous region receives more rain than the Mediterranean region of Búzios north of Rio, and as a result is verdant and tropical. The beaches are fantastic, not only for their white sand and swaying palm trees, but for their dramatic view of the great bay of Angra which is dotted with hundreds of islands, some inhabited some not.
A significant advantage to visiting this region is the ability to spend a couple of days at a delightful beach resort and then hop down the coast to spend time in the beautifully-preserved colonial city of Parati.
Once the richest port city in Brazil (the mineral wealth of Ouro Preto passed through here en route to Portugal) this sleepy village has become a Mecca for artisans and refugees from big cites who enjoy the combination of gracious colonial architecture and a funky bohemian café scene.
Iguaçú is an indian name, which means "great waters".
The city of Foz do Iguaçú, entry gateway to the State of Paraná, offers the visitors a fantastic spectacle of rare beauty, with the famous Iguaçú Waterfalls located in the National Park of Iguaçu - exactly between the borders of Brazil, Argentine and Paraguay.
The falls are unequally divided between Brazil and Argentina. To see the falls properly you must visit both sides, Brazilian Iguassú Falls National Park for the grand overview and the park in Argentina for a closer look at the falls. The 275 falls are over 3 kilometers (2 miles) wide and 80 meters high (260 feet), which makes them wider than Victoria, higher than Niagara and more beautiful than either.
Located in the State of Minas Gerais, founded in the early eighteenth century, Ouro Preto is a masterpiece of colonial Brazilian architecture and art and UNESCO has declared it a World Heritage Site.
Here the intricate details of the building and art works clearly reflect the originality and autonomy of the craftsmen and artists who created this monument of Brazilian baroque style.
The painting of Manuel da Costa Athaíde and the sculptures of Antônio Francisco Lisboa – Aleijadinho, are living examples of this period of enormous creative inspiration.
The town has thirteen churches and numerous public monuments and buildings.
The most popular churches are Saint Francis, Our Lady of Carmo, Our Lady of the Rosary, Pilar and Antônio Dias. Other important sites include the Casa dos Contos (the former minting house), the Inconfidência Museum (which documents Brazil’s earliest independence movement), the Mineralogical Museum and the world class Museu do Oratório (with its magnificent collection old sacred art, especially oratories).
Located in Brumadinho, 60 Km from the state capital Belo Horizonte, Inhotim has attractive contemporary art and plants, currently the great destination of Minas Gerais.
Instituto Inhotim began to be conceived in the mid-1980s by Minas Gerais businessman Bernardo de Mello Paz. With time, this parcel of private land was transformed into a unique place, with one of the most significant collections of contemporary art in the world and a botanical collection containing rare species from every continent. The collections are used as tools for the development of educational and social activities involving various age groups. Inhotim, a Public Interest Civil Society Organization (OSCIP) has also constructed various areas for interaction with the surrounding communities. Through its multidisciplinary activities, Inhotim has continuously consolidated its role as a driving force for sustainable human development.
A long with the Amazon Basis, the Pantanal is one of the last virgin areas on the face of earth. A huge lowland plain, it is entirely overgrown by luxuriant vegetation dotted by thousands of rainbow colored flowers, which bloom during the rainy season (January - June). It shelters innumerable rivers and crystal clear lakes.
Along their shores are rare species of animals such as jaguars, peccaries, bob-cats, wild boards not to mention flocks of ducks, Gray Teals, pigeons, partridges and herons who live in total and undisturbed freedom protected by the laws that created the National Parks. No experience is more rewarding than a "safari" into this privileged wilderness to photograph the countless birds and animals silhouetted against the brilliant backdrop of foliage and blue skies.
Amazon Rain Forest
The term Rainforest was coined to describe forests that grows in constantly wet conditions.
They can occur wherever the annual rainfall is more than 2,000 mm (80 inches) and evenly spread throughout the year. The Amazon Rainforest contains the largest area of tropical forest in the world, covering 6 million sq. kilometers in 9 different countries (60% in Brazil).
At the heart of this region lies the huge Amazon River, the second longest in the world, which has at least 1,000 tributaries and holds more than 20% of the planet's fresh water, being the Rio Negro its larger tributary. The jungle hotels provide comfort and safety for the discovery and exploration of the vast flora and fauna of the region. The Amazonian folklore and cuisine with its regional products also offer special attractions.
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