Stretching more than 8.5 million square kilometres (3.2 million square miles), the sheer magnitude of Brazil makes it the largest country in South America and one of the most diverse and populous countries in the world. Travellers coming off their flights to Brazil will be surprised to find an eclectic mix of Portuguese, native Indian, African, European, Middle Eastern and Asian immigrants who have been living harmoniously here for generations. Sao Paulo has the largest Japanese community outside of Japan while in the south: Rio Grande do Sul, Parana and Santa Catarina have the highest concentration of Germans and Italians.
The heart and soul of Brazil is undoubtedly Rio de Janeiro where the biggest party, Carnaval, takes place annually attracting thousands from around the world to book flights to Brazil. Further north is the city of Salvador, Bahia’s capital and once the country’s main port for bringing slaves over from Africa. The northeast of Brazil - Recife, Fortaleza and Natal - offers some of the most stunning beaches in the country.
Due to its size, the most economical way to travel around and stop in several cities is to acquire a Brazil Air Pass which most travellers do while booking their flights to Brazil.
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