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From the famous beaches of Rio de Janeiro to the exotic Amazon rainforest, Brazil invites adventurers from around the world on the journey of a lifetime.

About Brazil

Brazil is a beautiful and diverse country with many exciting destinations to explore.

Brazil offers travellers plenty of possible adventures and experiences.

Bus from Rio de Janeiro to Salvador, surf from Florianopolis to Itacaré, or sail down the Amazon from Manaus.

Countries neighbouring Brazil: Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.

Travel Map Mapping Brazil

Map of Brazil

Map of Brazil

Brazil is the largest country in South America, and the fifth largest in the world (after Russia, China, Canada, and the United States).

Claiming almost half of the continent, Brazil shares a common border with every South American country except Ecuador and Chile.

Brazil Overview

Brazil is a country located in South America, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and many other South American countries to the west, north, and south.


The population of Brazil is estimated to be over 213 million, making it the sixth most populous country in the world, and the currency is the Brazilian Real.

The capital city is Brasília, and the largest city is São Paulo.


Brazil is known for its diverse culture, music, dance, and festivals such as Carnival, which is celebrated in many cities across the country.

It is also famous for its cuisine, including traditional dishes such as feijoada and churrasco.


Brazil is one of the BRICS countries (along with Russia, India, China, and South Africa) and its economy is one of the largest in the world.

Brazil is a major producer of coffee, soybeans, and other agricultural products, and is also home to a number of large corporations and industries, including the aerospace, automotive, and technology sectors.

Eco Systems

Brazil is home to a wide variety of ecosystems, including the Amazon Rainforest, which is the largest tropical rainforest in the world, as well as numerous other forests, wetlands, and savannas.

It is also home to a number of endangered species, including the jaguar, giant otter, and the golden lion tamarin.


The Amazon basin is located in the north of Brazil, with large areas of swamps and flood lands.

The highest point in Brazil is the Pico da Neblina (3,014 m.), near the border with Venezuela.


Brazil has a rich history, having been colonized by Portugal in the 16th century and later gaining its independence in 1822.

In 1500, Portuguese Admiral Pedro Alvares Cabral, was the first European to reach Brazil and start the colonisation of South America's largest country; although the Spanish navigator Vicente Yanez Pinzon had beaten him to the area a few months earlier.

Portugal's new territory was originally named Terra da Vera Cruz - Land of the True Cross, until Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci explored the coastline in 1501.

Vespucci called one of the bays Rio de Janeiro, and returned to Portugal with a valuable cargo of brazil wood. From then on, Terra da Vera Cruz became known as Brazil.


The official language in Brazil is Portuguese.


The country has experienced periods of political instability, including military rule from 1964 to 1985, but has since transitioned to a democratic system of government.

Brazil Tourism

Brazil is a vast and diverse country in South America, known for its vibrant culture, beautiful beaches, and lively festivals.

Planning a Visit Brazil

If you are planning a trip to Brazil, it helps to keep a few things in mind.

Brazilian Embassy

Embassy of Brazil in London:
14-16 Cockspur Street
London SW1Y 5BL

The embassy is situated in Westminster, close to Trafalgar Square in central London. The nearest underground station is Charing Cross.

Enjoy the Beaches

Brazil has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, so make sure to spend some time soaking up the sun and enjoying the ocean.

Experience The Culture

Brazil is known for its music, dance, and festivals, so try to experience some of these during your trip.

Learn some Portuguese

While many people in Brazil speak English, it is always helpful to know some basic Portuguese phrases to communicate with locals.

Lonely Planet Portuguese for Travellers

Learn Brazilian Portuguese:
Your Spanish won't get you far in Brazil, so be sure to pack this phrasebook.

Local Cuisine

Brazilian cuisine is diverse and delicious, with dishes like feijoada (a bean and meat stew), churrasco (Brazilian barbecue), and acai bowls.

Safety Concerns

Brazil has a higher crime rate than many other countries, so it's important to take precautions to stay safe.

Avoid walking alone at night and be cautious of pickpockets in crowded areas.

Enter Brazil:
Getting around Brazil, and other information for tourists.

Brazil Hotels and Tours:
There's a wide variety of places to stay and things to do in South America's largest country.

Around Brazil

Some of the most popular destinations in Brazil include Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Salvador, and Brasilia.


Brasilia is Brazil's capital city and is known for its unique modernist architecture.

Map of Brasilia
Map of Brasilia.

It was designed by renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is famous for its iconic landmarks, such as the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugarloaf Mountain, and Copacabana Beach.

It is also known for its vibrant Carnival celebration, which takes place every year in February.


Salvador is located in the state of Bahia and is known for its colorful architecture, African-influenced cuisine, and vibrant music scene.

The city has a rich cultural heritage and is a popular destination for those interested in Afro-Brazilian culture.

Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo is Brazil's largest city and a hub for business, culture, and nightlife.

It has a wide variety of museums, parks, and restaurants, and is also home to the world's second-largest LGBT Pride parade.

Brazil Attractions

Brazil Regions:
The regions of Brazil are varied and there's plenty to see.

Brazilian News and Sport:
Keep informed with what's happening in Brazil.

Brazil Localities

Brazil Cities:
Find out more about Brazil's major cities.

Brazilian Beaches

Brazil Beaches:
Rio is fun, but it's a lot quieter in the north-east of Brazil.

Brazil Travel Guides

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Brazil Travel Guides - Brazil Maps.

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