Welcome to the guide to Brazil that will help you quickly and easily discover where you need to travel to in Brazil (and how); and what you need to see and do while you are in the country. No fuss, no puff, just what you actually need to know to plan a visit to Brazil, be it on business or leisure. The pleasure – in Brazil – is a given.
For Brazil the times really are a-changin’. Today Brazil is one of the world’s largest and most politically stable democracies. It lends money to the IMF, and despite the recent global economic troubles, its economy is booming both on the domestic and international front. Recent massive oil and gas finds, along with its well-developed biofuels programme, make Brazil a serious player in the energy market, whatever measurement you choose to go by.
In the past decade Brazil has stepped out from the shadows to take its place at the top table, and not only as the regional leader in South America, both economically and politically, but also as a global leader. When Brazil speaks, people and governments around the world are sitting up and taking note.
And the future looks even more promising. Brazil, a country synonymous with the brilliance of its football team, will host the Confederations Cup (15-30 June 2013) later this year and the FIFA World Cup (12 June-13 July) in 2014, and will follow these football tournaments by hosting the Olympic (5-21 August) and Paralympic games (7-18 September) in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Before that Rio de Janeiro will host the Judo World Championship (26 Augusts – 1 September) and Canoe Sprint World Championships. Rio is also set to host World Youth Day from 23 to 28 July, which is expected to attract millions of people to the city, including the new pope, Pope Francis, who is making his first major international trip.
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São Paulo will also host the final race of the 2013 Formula One season on 24 November. Tickets are already on sale for the Brazilian Grand Prix.
On 1 July 2012, the city of Rio de Janeriro was elected by UNESCO to be a World Heritage Centre due to its iconic landscape and setting. It is the 19th Brazilian World Heritage Centre. For a full list click here.
So if ever there was a time to come and discover what Brazil has to offer, either for business or leisure, it is now. So let’s get down to the basics and to business, and introduce you to Brazil and the Brazilians.
For our guide to the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2013 Confederations Cup CLICK HERE
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