Why visit Brazil? Why not visit such a pet-friendly place! This South American country is celebrated for its breathtaking scenery, natural beauty, and its enchanting people. Brazil offers visitors plentiful beaches, environmental reserves, and historic cities, and an incredible mix of different colors, races, and cultures. Tourists often admire native Brazilians for their simplicity, hospitality, and happiness.
Brazil also offers a staggering array of wildlife. The country is home to 600 species of mammals, 1, 700 birds, 390 reptiles, 311 amphibian species and over 8,000 species of fish! Noteworthy Brazilian animals include spotted leopards, guarб wolves, emus, crocodiles, piranhas, manatees, dolphins, anteaters and parrots. You can see amazing animals on land, underwater, and in the air.
Rio de Janeiro
Known as the “Marvelous City,” Rio de Janeiro embodies the natural beauty of Brazil. As the former capital, it is filled with impressive architecture. It’s also home to Carnival, an annual celebration marking the start of Lent (similar to Mardi Gras). Carnival is filled with festive music, bright colors, and tasty food. Other attractions in Rio de Janeiro include its numerous beaches, including the well-known Ipanema and Copacabana. If you haven’t had any luck spotting the native fauna, try visiting Quinta da Boa Vista park, whose long gardens host the city zoo. Rio de Janeiro is definitely the place to go if you’re into ecotourism, or if you simply enjoy incredible parks, reserves, and botanical gardens.
Urbanites who don’t really groove on nature should consider a trip to Sгo Paulo, the largest city in Brazil and the fourth largest in the world. Sгo Paulo offers visitors the ultimate exotic metropolitan experience. Immigrants from all over the world live here while preserving the traditions of their country of origin. This creates quite a diverse city, and one of the results is a very diverse cuisine. The city’s restaurants might even put New York to shame for variety and quality, and its nightlife is sure to satisfy even the most inexhaustible club hoppers. If you’re up for a little danger, you can visit the Butantan institute, famous for its research on poisonous animals. It has an exhibit of Brazilian and foreign snakes. If that’s too creepy-crawly for you, visit the city zoo. Located in an Atlantic Forest area, it is home to wild animals such as the maned wolf, baby lynx, and big-bellied monkeys. Or visit the Safari Zoo, where animals roam amongst the visitors’ cars (the park provides transportation, in case you didn’t rent a car on your vacation).
If you’re planning a trip, keep in mind that the rainy (but warm) season is November through March, and it can be quite cold in June and July. If you’re planning on a budget, many hotels and resorts offer a discounted price during these “off” seasons – maybe you can risk a little rain.