The fifth largest country in the world, Brazil is also home to the most ecologically diverse rainforest on the planet, though visitors don’t often make it to the northwestern part of the country. In addition to being large, Brazil is also populous, with 190 million inhabitants spread among megacities such as Sao Paulo and Rio de Janiero, and smaller but still sizeable cities such as Recife and Salvador de Bahía. Brazil is very racially diverse, with many people with African and/or European roots, and one of the largest Japanese colonies outside of Japan.

Many people come to Brazil for Carnival, which for foreigners tends to center around Salvador de Bahía, though in truth, the holiday is celebrated all over the country, and those looking for a somewhat quieter experience may choose Olinda, which is close to Recife.

Brazil Articles

These unofficial Olympic guidebooks are a hilarious trainwreck

by Matt Hershberger

This selfie of the North Korea/South Korea gymnasts is why we have the Olympics

by Matt Hershberger

The most sexist things that happened in the Olympic Games so far

by Morgane Croissant

Michelin-star chef is using left-over food from the Olympic village into meals for the homeless

by Katie Scott Aiton

Watch: One of Brazil’s top culinary destinations is inside one of Rio’s famous favelas

by Rulo Luna

What travelers can learn from Ryan Lochte getting robbed

by Matt Hershberger

11 inspiring Olympic women who are making history this year

by Emma Thieme

USA, meet your out and proud LGBTQ Olympians

by Cathy Brown

What the hell is the matter with the Olympics?

by Matt Hershberger

25 places we’re dying to explore right now

by Matador Team

The top 9 street food dishes of Sao Paulo and where to find them

by Gaía Passarelli

Here are the main points of Carnival in Rio (and what many people miss).

by Luiza S. Vilela

9 places to visit before they change forever

by Morgane Croissant

What NOT to eat in São Paulo

by Gaía Passarelli

A new “All-You-Can-Fly” pass lets you travel throughout Brazil for just $399

by Amanda Machado

21 more crazy party hostels around the world

by Tom Gates

10 under-the-radar spots to check out in western Brazil

by Karin-Marijke Vis

6 tips for driving and surviving in São Paulo

by Elise Kiera Hahl
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