Brazil, internationally famous for its Carnival with lots of samba dancing and music, is the largest South American country, being the fifth largest in the world in terms of territory and population.

Brazilian culture is a mixture of indigenous, African and different European influences. As a former colony of Portugal, it inherited several aspects of this country, namely the Roman Catholic religion, the colonial architectural styles and, most importantly, the language — Brazil is by far the largest country (both in total area and population) to have Portuguese as its official language, being the only one in the American continent. Other European influences can be seen in the significant Italian and German communities, mostly concentrated in the southern states, such as Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul.

Population: 205 million inhabitants

Capital: Brasília

Other major cities: São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Fortaleza, Salvador, Recife

Religion: mostly Roman Catholic

Climate: tropical in most of the territory, with the south area being more temperate, with cooler winters and even some snow in the highest areas

Main attractions: Amazon rainforest, Iguaçu Falls (Cataratas do Iguaçu), Rio Carnival, Christ the Redeemer, Corcovado, Sugarloaf Mountain, Copacabana beach, Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, Cathedral of Brasília, Palácio do Planalto, Itaimbezinho Canyon

You will be dazzled by the live HD webcams in this tropical country, which combines vast forests, exotic wildlife and flora, modern cities, beautiful beaches and much appreciated cuisine. In case you want to hire a vehicle, Discount Rent a Car has a wide variety at your disposal.

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