A Portuguese colony until gaining independence in 1822, Brazil has since had waves of Italian, German, Spanish, Polish, Japanese and Portuguese immigration. This has added to the diversity of a country which already has distinctly varied geography and regional histories. But music is a common denominator everywhere – styles include choro, samba, bossa nova, caipira, forro and funk. Locals rock to their rhythm, whatever it may be, with wide smiles and a hearty encouragement for visitors to join in.
Here you can easily swap your dancing shoes for none at all (on the 7,000 kilometres of beaches) or strap those boots on for a hike you won't forget. The Amazon beckons, as do the savannas in the northeast, the Atlantic forest in the southeast, wetlands in the central west and pampas in the south. When the bright lights beckon again, lose yourself in the sprawling, feisty Rio de Janeiro or cultural capital Sao Paulo.
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