Mini Guide to Brazil

Main Cities and Towns

Rio de Janeiro

It’s impossible to not fall in love with the relaxed pace of life, the beautiful bodies, and the amazing beaches and urban jungles. Make sure you see the city from the top of Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer) and Sugarloaf Mountain. You’ll also want to catch a football match at Maracanã, and dance the night away at Lapa in the city center.

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Salvador has one of the biggest Carnival parties in the country, but it also oozes charm and history. It’s the perfect place to get a deeper insight into the African culture as you walk the streets and see the colorful colonial buildings and churches. The Pelourinho area in the Lower City tends to be a safer area for tourists.

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Some people like to say that Floripa (Florianópolis) is like a big city with a village atmosphere. The urban area is spread out across the island, so unless you’re in the city center, you’ll hardly see skyscrapers. Floripa is also considered the surfing capital of Brazil, where it hosts international championships.

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Natural Wonders

Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon is fondly called the “Lungs of the World” as it alone represents over 20% of the world’s oxygen. Fly into Manaus and from there take a slow boat up the Amazon River where you can truly see its incredible biodiversity.

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Iguaçú Falls

The Iguaçú Falls are comprised of 275 waterfalls and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The falls are part of Brazil (where you get the best views) and Argentina (where you can get up close). Once you’re there, you can go on boat trips and also practice some rappelling.

Lençóis Maranhenses

Imagine an area with thousands of white sand dunes that resemble bed sheets. After the rainy season, hundreds of freshwater lagoons are trapped between the dunes for you to swim and have fun. You’ll need to fly into São Luís and take a bus to Barreinhas, which is the best place to base yourself before exploring the national park.

Safety and Health

It’s impossible to talk about Brazil without mentioning its problem with violence. The truth is that it is indeed a dangerous country, but it’s not unbearable. The best course of action is to talk with locals to learn about no-go areas and how not to draw attention to yourself. It’s, unfortunately, something you have to live with.

Depending on the areas you’re traveling to, you might need to take some vaccinations. You should definitely take ones for Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and yellow fever. If you know you’re going to the Amazon or will be having contact with wild animals, you should consider getting a rabies shot and malaria tablets.

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Styles of Wrestling from Around the World

Most of us are familiar with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). This brand rose in popularity within the 1980s, thanks to the likes of Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage, who placed wrestling on the pop culture map. As time wore on, the WWE has built a mass marketing and entertainment empire through their larger-than-life personalities, including the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, and Triple H. Still, why some out there can state the WWE does profile some wrestling, it is a far cry from the true techniques that are involved in the sport itself.

Why You Should Travel While You’re Still Young

If you’re worried about embarking on a travel adventure and wondering whether it’ll negatively affect your life, the simple answer is “no, it won’t.” In fact, when you stop to take a closer look at it, the benefits considerably outweigh the risks. While in the past it may have looked like a frivolous undertaking, nowadays it’s considered a character-defining experience. If you have the chance to travel now, take it without thinking as your future-self will be forever grateful for the lessons, friends, and memories you will make.

Most Intense Long-Distance Marathons (Not for the Faint of Heart)

For those among us who love a challenge, these long-distance marathons and outdoor challenges are activities that can only be attempted after years of training, with the right gear, and only by those who are mentally ready to undergo such a feat. Here are some of the most intense and challenging marathons in the world.