As one of the populous country, Brazil is one of the most multicultural and ethnically diverse nations. One of their largest city, Curitiba, is known for their innovative public transit system. Not only does Brazil have an ample amount of green space, but it also have more than 20 beaches with crystal-clear waters! In addition, it has one of the world’s natural wonders, Iguazu Falls. It is not only limited to its beautiful scenery. Brazil is very diverse with different cultural heritages due to immigration from various places around the world. It is apparent in their products, celebrations, and traditions. This allows them to be very open to tourists, which is why it is one of the most designated places to visit!
Depending on the region, Brazilian cuisine varies. It is due to the multicultural and ethnically diversity, which includes indigenous Amerindians and Africans (main influences). Due to regional cuisine, there is a national cuisine dish. Some national dishes include Feijoada, coffee, and cachaca. Usually, Brazilian meals include rice and beans with beef, salad, french fries, and fried egg. Brazil is a great place to indulge your taste bud in the multicultural and ethnically diverse cuisine! You could be spending all your time here going from region to region just to experience the different cuisines offered.
- Feijoada — Originated from Portugal. It is made by stew of beans with beef and pork. Though it is typically made like this, the recipes can differ.
- Beiju — A regional food in the Northeast and North side of Brazil. It is made by spreading tapioca starch on a sheet or pan — becoming a type of pancake/crepe. There are different fillings available, but it is usually filled with coconut or cheese curd. In addition, there are different variety of this dish depending on the type of year.
- Vatapá — Another regional food in the Northeast and North side of Brazil. It is a creamy paste that was made from mashing bread, shrimp, coconut milk, peanuts (finely ground), and palm oil together. This paste is usually eaten with rice in other regions.
- Moqueca — Regional food from Southeast of Brazil. This recipe is based on salt water that is cooked in a terra cotta. It can be served with different boneless fish species.
Brazil is one of the largest and populous country in Latin America. It has a great urban planning and transport system, which allows for people to get around easily.
The country is able to capture the different cultures in this multicultural and ethnically diverse community. People are able to experience the different culture through Brazilian cuisines. As previously mentioned, different regions have different regional dishes. In addition, there are beautiful natural attractions such as Amazon River and Rainforest and Iguacu Falls.
- Copacabana — A lively neighborhood that is famous for their crescent-shaped beach. At the ends of the beach, there are historic forts: Fort Copacabana (south end) and Fort Duque de Caxias (north end). The landscape promenade has a Portuguese design.
- Sugarloaf Mountain — The name derived from the resemblance of the traditional shape of concentrated refined loaf sugar. Here, people are able to have access to the cableway and see the panoramic views of the city.
- Ipanema — The name is derived from the popular bossa nova song, “The Girl from Ipanema”. It is known for the social life and elegant development. Here, beer are sold everywhere and people are doing activities such as volleyball and football.
- Corcovado — Although it is similar to the Sugarloaf Mountain, this is home to “Christ the Redeemer,” which is a statue of Jesus Christ. It also offers a panoramic view of downtown Rio, Sugarloaf Mountain, and others.
When it comes to having nightlife in Brazil, there is no shortage here! You do not even have to worry about arriving on time because the party lasts up to 4am! There are tons of music and dancing involved, but you can’t dance, don’t worry! Just socialize with others and have a great time. Nightlife isn’t just all about parties. In Brazil, people are able to see international underground bands, soap operas, and many more. It is a great place for those that are never on time!
The official currency of Brazil is Brazilian real (BRL). Their current central bank and issuing authority is Central Bank of Brazil. Coins come in denominations of 5, 10, 25, and 50 centavos. On the other hand, bank notes come in denominations of R$2, R$5, R$10, R$20, R$50, and R$100. The exchange rate is 1 Brazilian Real to $0.27USD, with fluctuating rates.
Customs & Languages
The official language of Brazil is Portuguese and Brazilian Sign Language. There are other languages spoken which includes indigenous languages and European and Asian immigrant languages. Depending on regions, there are different accents and vocabulary, but no major dialect variation. Their culture is mostly Western, but is diverse through indigenous peoples during the colonial period. When there was colonization in the 19th and early 20th century, it played a major role in shaping Brazil’s culture. It mainly shaped Brazilian cuisine, which is why they have regional dishes. Here are some things to not do: flaunt your wealth, make the ‘OK’ hand gesture, and lose your consumption card. One, flaunting your wealth can result in theft. Second, the ‘OK’ hand gesture refers to an offensive meaning. Lastly, a consumption card helps record food and drink orders and losing this will lead to large fines.
Here are some helpful words/phrases:
- Hello — Olá
- Please – Por favor
- Thank you — Obrigado
- How much? — Quantos?
- Where is the bathroom? — Onde fica o banheiro?
- Excuse me — Com licenca