It seems as if Brazil is on every traveller’s list at the moment. It might be because Brazil is the only country that hosted FIFA World Cup 2014, or because it is soon going to hold the great carnival in Rio de Janeiro and being a part of it is obviously on everyone’s bucket list.
Maybe, you’re super interested in the economy of emerging nations or just heard that Solange Knowles had her honeymoon in the quirky pousadas in the magical seaside village of Trancoso in Bahia. Whatever the reason, there is no denying that Brazil abounds with traditions and culture and has a geography of epic beaches that famously compete with Australia’s long, sandy shores.
Brazil – perks of 2k17
Brazil’s diverse landscapes, stunning natural beauty, hospitable people and endless golden beaches mean that you can explore this exquisite country all year round. However, the current year, 2017, just might be the best year to visit South America’s largest nation, with the post-Olympic-games cheap exchange rates and initiatives taking a toll on its economy.
Mentioned ahead is a list of 6 major reasons why you should consider ticking Brazil off your bucket list in 2k17.
Visit the ‘Copa…Copacabana’
Yes, with more than 2000 beaches on the shoreline, Brazil is well-known for its long stretches of beaches including party spots ‘at the Copa…Copacabana…’ beach in Rio de Janeiro. While looking out to the ethereal turquoise waters, enjoy a Caipirinha or take stand-up boat lessons. Visit Piranha Beach if you want a less crowded shore, and get the opportunity to surf in one of the best surfing locations or relax amongst the rainforest mountains.
Weather can undoubtedly make or break your plans, but not if you are travelling to Brazil. This tropical region of South America serves sunny skies most of the time. By travelling between the months of March and May, you would be able to experience a lot of outdoor ‘fun’ events and take advantage of the prime beach-going months.
2. Rock in Rio!
It began in 1985, and ever since then this epic music festival has expanded with locations in Lisbon, Portugal and Las Vegas, USA. This year, the festival plans to make a comeback in the Brazilian seaside city, Rio de Janeiro, with big artists like Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. The event is set for September, and if this wasn’t enough to sway you, an added bonus is that the proceeds from the festival are going to be invested in local educational and ecological projects.
Think Mardi Gras or ‘Fat Tuesday’ times one hundred and prepare yourself to dance in huge parades, surrounded by people in vibrant, scandalous costumes. Although you can experience the madness anywhere in Brazil, the biggest carnival celebration happens in Rio de Janeiro.
Events in Pernambuco and Bahia have a more African influence with traditional African with samba and reggae music. Brazilians really know how to throw a party, marking this festival as the one you don’t want to miss out on.
The festival of Yemanja
As per the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomble, a great many individuals make a beeline for the city of Salvador in the respect of Yemanja, on the second of February every year. People of all age groups dress in white and walk to the seashore, towards a small house that is said to be Yemanja’s home.
They carry baskets of gifts, which the fishermen drop in the sea and leave there for the goddess. As soon as the sun sets, the music is carried on into the night, with streets playing host to colourful parties.
3. Economic collapse = affordable prices
When finances work in your favour, you can travel whenever you fancy. Compared to the years in the past, Brazil’s current recession has made travel tickets more affordable for travellers.
As a bi-product of the country’s economic collapse of 2015, the British Pound and US Dollar, both are going pretty strong against Brazil’s currency. This means cheaper accommodation for the tourists, along with cold beers and fancy meals that would be a lot pricier at home.
You may think that as a result of political instability, economic crisis and dreaded swathe of the Zica virus hitting the country, 2016 may not have been Brazil’s year for tourism and travelling. Well, think again!
The latter end of 2016 witnessed the Brazilian tourism embassy tour the world, promoting the country as a great holiday destination. Moreover, with a variety of family package deals to choose from, international flights to Brazil are now much cheaper than before.
There are many booking websites such as hotels.com that are finally catching up and offering one of the best things about Brazil: posadas. For years, posadas were not present on the online booking map but now they are quite well known as the usual independent lodgings, similar to breakfast and bed accommodations. Thanks to booking sites such as Airbnb, foreigners can now take full advantage of cheaper resting places.
4. The perfect escape from Western politics
Brazil’s ‘joie de vie’ approach to life offers a great refuge from the bleak, dark political situation that seems to be dominating the headlines in 2017. The Brazilians, no doubt, love to live life to the fullest, prioritising happiness over everything else.
Hence, as you absorb a healthy dose of Vitamin D while sunbathing in one of the gorgeous beaches of the country, you will find yourself forgetting all the rough-and-tough times and just living in the present moment.
5. The summer music
Part of the pact that local Brazilian government made with the first federal executives, who moved from cosmopolitan Rio to the empty ‘no-man’s’ land in the 1960’s, was to provide some cultural life to the capital.
As home-grown music stars coupled with the international acts, the commitment continues over fifty years later. The events pass through Brasilia during the country tour, the shows often being free of charge.
While the more intimate performances go on stage at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB) Distrito Federal, concerts by bigger artists like Rihanna and Justin Bieber are often put on the Eixo Monumental.
The natives of Brasilia
The hardworking ‘Brasilienses’, the natives of Brasilia, like to party after a long week at work. The options mainly range from rump-shaking Brazilian sounds to the live samba – along with the smashing smorgasbord of traditional Brazilian edibles from Calaf to salsa, to Villa Mix, paired with a crossover of sertanejo (country) music.
The LGBT crowd isn’t left alone either, getting their kicks at Oficina, where the libations and gogo boys are strong. Just make sure to have enough friends for a return trip, no matter where you party.
6. Sustainable tourism on the rise
Brazil’s abundant natural beauty is, undoubtedly, one of the most enchanting things about the country. And by collaborating with the region’s tour and travel packages, they are creating more sustainable practices to preserve it.
The most shining eco-friendly projects include the Uakari Floating Lodge in main Amazon rainforest that employs local residents and biologists, serving as nature guides as well as a Cocoa Farm in Bahia.