For hundreds of years, Brazil has symbolised the great escape into a primordial, tropical paradise, igniting the Western imagination like no other South American country. From the mad passion of Carnaval to the immensity of the dark Amazon, it is a country of mythic proportions.  

 

 

The Amazon river is the world's second longest river. Only the Nile, in Africa, is longer. Brasilia, a capital created ex nihilo in the centre of the country in 1956, was a landmark in the history of town planning. The Iguazu falls are the result of a volcanic eruption which left yet another large crack in the earth. They are taller than Niagara Falls and twice as wide with 275 cascades spread in a horsehoe shape over nearly two miles of the Iguazu River. Ouro Preto (Black Gold) was the focal point of the gold rush and Brazil's golden age in the 18th century. In many places in Brazil and above all in Rio and Bahia the beach is a religion that competes with Catholicism for the hearts and minds of the people.

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