Let’s talk about Brazilian coffee

You may have heard that Brazil is famous for its amazing coffee. If you are a coffee lover, it is another reason for you to visit our country and try the coffee from the source. If you want to know more about this drink, please read a few facts about the so-called ‘cafe Brazil’ below.

Brazil is a country especially liked by coffee gourmets. This is where the excellent coffee comes from, with each of the smallest grains having an original taste and perfect aroma. Although Ethiopia is the homeland of coffee, Brazilian plantations supply the market with the largest amount of this valuable ingredient. Brazilian coffee is appreciated by professional coffee tasters who gave it the name of a ‘specialty’, as well as regular users while sipping “little black” to an afternoon dessert in the cafe (Brazil or other countries).

 

Where does the Brazilian coffee come from?

The best coffee comes from volcanic areas, with crops above 900 m above sea level, not contaminated with pesticides – at high altitudes diseases that invade the shrubs do not develop. Most of the plantations come from the times of the conquest of Brazil by the Portuguese, who in 1719 stole plants from Guyana and founded the first plantations. Thanks to them, until 1800, coffee has changed from stimulants for the elite into a drink available for everyone. Throughout the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth century, Brazil remained the main producer and almost monopolist on the market of “black gold”. 

Arabica owes its name to the Arabs, who up to the seventeenth century held the palm of priority in its cultivation. The most cultivated varieties of Arabica in Brazil are Bourbon, Catuai, Mundo Novo, Typica and Maragotype. All are characterized by a mild harmonious flavor. It is almost completely free from acidity, with low caffeine content. Good Brazilian coffee Arabica can be so easily recommended to everyone: it is a coffee with a good, classic taste. What is more, it is suitable for both espresso and cappuccino.

Brazilian coffee – how should you drink it?

In Brazil, coffee is drunk all day long – from morning to late evening. Nobody is surprised that even children in primary schools drink it. Perhaps because you usually add a lot of sugar to it. After all, coffee must be sweet! Coffee is usually served as black coffee, and less often it is drunk with milk. The trend for cappuccino and latte macchiato restaurants has also arrived here. Sweet lovers will feel like in paradise – whipped cream, sweet syrup and a little bit of sugar cane are popular additions. 

The most common home brewing method to prepare the coffee is to pour boiled water over the top of a jug with a paper filter with coffee inside. The boiling water is gradually poured, so that the infusion slowly – not too quickly – drips into a jug.

When being in Brazil, try the typical coffee with sugar in Brazil café and tell us how you liked it. Enjoy the experience.

 

Benefits of Brazil nuts

Brazil nuts are the seeds of the Brazil nut tree (Bertholletia excelsa) – a tree growing in the rainforest of the Amazon. Due to the characteristic look of the nuts, they are often called the Brazilian gold. The fruits of the peanuts resemble a coconut, from which, after being cut with a machete, you can extract the seeds. They dry in the sun and are being peeled. What are the details about the Brazil nut nutrition, can you always eat them and how many can be eaten every day?

How many Brazil nuts should you eat a day?

 

The selenium content in those nuts is so high that it is not advisable to consume them in excess – 3-4 nuts a day is a recommended amount. The consumption of one nut per day is absolutely sufficient if you just want to eat them just prophylactically.

They are also useful in the form of supplementing selenium deficiency – then the recommended solution is to take a maximum of two nuts per day. Like many other substances, depending on the dose, selenium can be both beneficial and toxic. In one Brazilian nut, there is about 50 mcg of selenium.

Even in the case of a deficiency of selenium, exceeding the maximum tolerated daily dose may cause unpleasant effects of selenium overdoses – eg. skin blemishes, nails breakage, hair loss or nausea.

 

Brazil nut nutrition

 

Due to the fat content, the nuts are quite caloric, 656 kcal per 100 g. However, remember that these are mainly unsaturated fatty acids, which regulate the level of bad cholesterol and reduce hypertension, so you do not have to be scared of them. They are a rich source of vitamins B1 and E, which as an antioxidant prevents the degradation of cells. It helps in maintaining a healthy appearance of the skin and mucous membranes. It also affects fertility and stimulates wound healing after surgery and burns. They provide the body with the necessary minerals in the form of magnesium, phosphorus, copper, potassium, iron and calcium. They help in combating stress and can be consumed by diabetics.

 

Due to the high content of zinc, they are recommended for people who drink a lot of alcohol (zinc enhances the action of alcohol dehydrogenase-enzymes found in the liver). They also contribute to the proper functioning of the immune system and protection of cells against oxidative stress. These nuts have the highest content of selenium of vegetable origin, already one nut provides us with daily demand for this mineral. Selenium is above all a very strong antioxidant. It protects us against the formation of cancer cells. It positively affects the normal skin condition and the course of enzymatic reactions.

Can the Brazil nuts be harmful?

 

While the nuts are eaten in the right dose, they should not be harmful. However, the problem may be the presence of phytic acid, which is classified as an anti-nutritional substance. This component impairs the process of mineral absorption, delivered to the body along with food. This phenomenon, however, appears mainly in the case of exceeding the recommended daily dose. The effect of phytic acid can also be overcome by properly preparing the nuts before consumption – just soak them in water for a minimum of 8 hours. This solution also allows softening the nuts, so that their consumption does not strain teeth in case of hypersensitivity. People who have a high risk of allergic reactions – for example, after eating pistachios or mangoes – should not eat them.

 

We hope that we have encouraged you to eat the nuts. Complementing the daily diet in dried fruit and nuts, do not forget about Brazil nuts – a healthy, tasty and nutritious snack.

 

Top 5 best beaches in Brazil to enjoy this summer

When you think about going to Brazil, you most probably think of visiting at least one beach during your stay. You do not have to spend the whole day there if you are not fond of sunbathing and swimming. However, drinking a beer in the beach bar is recommended. There is nothing more relaxing than listening to the sound of the ocean with a beer in your hand, don’t you think? Eating a cold acai bowl is even better. You have to try it, don’t forget, ok?

 

Now, what beaches do we recommend visiting? Below you will find a description of the 5 best beaches in our opinion. We love all of them and would like you to visit them and share the love as well. 

  • Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro

You may be surprised that we have chosen Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro and not the most popular beach in the world – Copacabana. In our opinion, this beach is a bit overrated. Ipanema, on the other hand, is much more intimate and photogenic. The Travel Channel considered it the sexiest beach in the world. There is even a song that you could listen to while spending time on this beach – ‘The girl from Ipanema’ – we are sure you have heard it before.

 

  • Jericoacoara, the coast of Jijoca de Jericoacoara, Ceará

 

It will appeal to lovers of secluded beaches and wild nature. The landscape prevailing in this place is truly desertic. It is on the list of the best beaches in the world, but still remains a small fishing village, which hardly appears on the covers of travel magazines. The whole area has become a National Park, so Brazilians cannot cover it with concrete and roads. If you are looking for a really unique place, you definitely have to visit this beach. Now it is easy to reach as there is an airport, which was opened in 2017. 

  • Praia da Pipa (Pipa Beach), municipality of Tibau do Sul

The waters here are full of dolphins and turtles, so this might be a thing that will encourage you to visit this amazing place. If you want to try surfing or you are a professional surfer, this is a place for you. This charming spot surrounded by cliffs will take your breath away. There is also a lot of hostels and hotels in the area to choose from. It is situated near Natal, so you can visit the city as well. 

  • Itamambuca, Ubatuba

You will find this beach in Ubatuba city. You can reach the city by bus from Rio de Janeiro (5 hours trip). Book the tickets online on Brazil Bus Travel website . If you want to spend a few days there, we recommend renting a house near the beach. Remember that this surf destination is only alive during the day – there is nothing to do there during the night. Don’t worry though, you will be too tired to do anything after your surf lessons. We recommend taking a few classes of surfing in Zecão surf school. Situated in Mata atlantica rainforest, it is full of beautiful plants, trees and birds. You can even spot some turtles there. 

  • Praia de Itacarezinho, Bahia

This perfect beach with palm trees and white soft sand is situated 15 km south of Itacaré city, in the Bahia state. It is a great place to have a long walk as the beach is 3,5 km long. While being in Bahia, you cannot forget to try Acarajé, Muqueca or Bobó de Camarão. Just write those names down and order them while being there – you won’t regret it.

 

Did we inspire you to visit any of those best beaches in Brazil that we have enlisted? Please let us know if you love them as much as we do.

The guide to Manaus Brazil

This time we will visit the gate to the Amazon jungle: Manaus. What an amazing place it is. We recommend visiting this unique city while traveling around Brazil. Below we will give you some tips about what to see while being there. We will also write about where are Manaus Brazil  and a few facts about the history of the city.

Where is Manaus, Brazil?

 

In the north-western part of Brazil, you can find a very interesting place, the capital of Amazonas, which is located at the confluence of two rivers – Solimoes and Negro. We’re talking about Manaus, which is also an international seaport. Located 1500 kilometers from the sea, it impresses with the number of monuments and the characteristic atmosphere. It is worth coming here for a few days.

With more than 2 million people, it is the main city and financial center of the entire Upper Amazon and the beating heart of the region.

A short history of Manaus, Brazil

 

The city was founded in the seventeenth century as a small Portuguese fortress called São José da Barra. In 1832, the name was changed to Manaus, which means “Mother of God”.

The city increased significantly in the nineteenth century – when the rubber trade revived. 

Beautiful palaces were built, luxurious casino games and public houses were opened. Electric light shone earlier than on the streets of London. The opera featured such celebrities as Sarah Bernhardt, Enrico Caruso, and Anna Pawłowa. The wives of rich merchants sent beautiful gowns and clothes by ship to England, lace imported from Lisbon and dresses from Paris.

And suddenly it all ended. The English stole Amazon rubber seeds and transported them to Ceylon, and then to Malaya, where they created competitive plantations. The palaces were deserted and the representative building of one of the finest operas in the world began to be absorbed by the jungle. It was not until the 1960s that the jungle falling into the city center was cleared.

 

What to see in Manaus Brazil

– Teatro Amazonas

 

Teatro Amazonas (or Amazonian Theater) – the most beautiful building in Manaus and a magnificent opera built-in 1884 by rich barons in Brazil under the supervision of an Italian architect Celestial Sacardim with many paintings by another Italian artist Domenico de Angelis.

It’s a real work of art because its steel comes from Great Britain, marble from Italy and furniture from Paris. The great thing is that you can see there decorated ceramic tiles painted like the Brazilian national flag.

– MUSA Museu da Amazonia

 

If you do not want to go to the jungle with the guide but still want to get a feeling of it, visit MUSA. It is a place spread around 100 hectares of the Adolpho Ducke Forest Reserve. You can enjoy the breathtaking view from the 42 meters tower and see a few exhibitions, aquariums, lakes and laboratories of butterflies, snakes, and insects. We strongly recommend visiting this place. You will not regret it.

 

– Museu do Seringal Vila Paraíso

 

If you want to learn a bit about the rubber trade and how it is produced – visit this place. You will go there by boat which is a nice ride. Again – strongly recommended.

– Mercado Adolpho Lisboa

Also called Mercado Municipal is the largest art nouveau market in Manaus. It was created based on the famous Les Halles market in Paris, but it has not lost its Amazonian style.

You can buy almost anything you can imagine here: fruit, vegetables, fish, meat and exotic fruit-based drinks. Mercado Adolpho Lisboa in Manaus is a wonderful place where you can feel the Brazilian loud life and active atmosphere. It is also a place where you can buy food when you are going on a trip on the Amazon river or to the Amazonian jungle.

– Amazonas Jazz Festival

 

If you are a fan of music, especially jazz, you should think about getting to Manaus Brazil in July, when the Jazz Festival is taking place. This event takes place at the Amazonian Theater (Teatro Amazonas), and its first edition took place in 2006. During the festival, various other activities, workshops, and seminars are held.

The Amazonas Jazz Festival usually hosts the best jazz performers from around the world, as well as local bands, so you’ll find a variety of styles here. Concerts are held not only at the Teatro Amazonas, but also at other places in Manaus: the Palace of Justice and Largo de São Sebastião.

–  Encontro das Águas

 

The ‘Meeting of Waters’, known in Portuguese as Encontro das Águas or Encuentro de Los Aguas, is the place where Rio Solimoes and Rio Negro meet. This is a great tourist attraction due to the different temperatures of the water, which make rivers flow for over four miles without mixing. Rio Solimões, mainly due to sand and mud, has the color of coffee, and Rio Negro has a dark, tea-like color. These colors make the ‘Meeting of Waters’ a natural phenomenon that you will not see anywhere else in the world.

– The Amazon river visited by boat

 

The city of Manaus has no road connections to any major city, so if you want to get from here to other cities, you will have to take a plane or a boat. Traveling by boat through the Amazon can be a great tourist attraction, but remember that these trips usually last 3-5 days and end in a different city.

 

Remember to buy a hammock in which you will sleep. You will probably find them without problems in the city of departure. Remember also to buy two ropes (1.5 m each) to attach the hammock. Buy a sleeping bag or a blanket as the nights can be cold.

 

You can also hire a private boat with a tour guide who will drive you around the small villages. This is an amazing experience. Ask around in the city, you will find a lot of offers like that. 

 

Do not forget mosquito repellents (mosquito nets), books, flashlights, cameras, and power banks. You will need the hammock as well and clothes for the cold nights. Ask your guide what things may come in handy and buy them while being in the city.

– Amazon Jungle tour

This adventure is not for everyone. But if you decide to take a tour of the Amazonian jungle, you will surely know the secrets and the lush nature of the Amazonian jungle. Hire a guide. Do not go there on your own! You need some equipment to go there, so make sure that your guide tells you everything that you should take.

As you can see, there are a lot of places to visit in Manaus, Brazil. We are amazed by this place and recommend it to everyone – one in a lifetime experience. 

 

Holiday in November: what to do?

If you are considering spending the holiday in Brazil in November and don’t know if this month is a good time to visit this beautiful country, this article is definitely for you. We have good news for you – the summer is starting here and the low season is still on –  you can benefit from lower prices of flights and accommodation and enjoy the beautiful Brazilian weather. Perfect! Don’t hesitate especially when the weather is poor in your country. Your holiday in Brazil will be unforgettable for sure. 

There’s nothing better than spending a few days on the beach drinking caipirinha and then coming back to your home country just before the Christmas fever. We will leave a few tips about what you could visit during your stay. We love Rio de Janeiro so we will focus on this city. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comments section below. 

Rio de Janeiro is always a good idea

 

Visiting Rio de Janeiro in November is a great idea as you will not encounter the crowds and you can enjoy the beaches to the fullest. 

Rio de Janeiro is one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world. It is surrounded by green hills with the monument of the Christ the Redeemer at the top. You will be impressed, we can guarantee you that. It is the second-largest city in Brazil, attracting millions of tourists every year during the world-famous Carnival and New Years Eve. Ipanema and Copacabana beaches are the two most recognizable beaches of Brazil. In Rio de Janeiro itself, there are fifteen beautiful sandy beaches, so you will not get bored. The city will appeal not only to lovers of sunbathing but also nightlife and nature. Speaking about nature – we recommend visiting the botanical garden. 

 

Botanical Garden in Rio de Janeiro

 

If you love nature, there is no better place to spend the holiday in Brazil than in the botanical garden. You can spend the whole day there and you won’t regret it. It was established in 1808 and today it is the largest garden in South America. Admire over 6000 species of plants, including over 900 different varieties of palm trees.

The most famous part of the garden is the Avenue of Royal Palms that is 750 metres long. Strolling through the park, you can admire countless species of colourful birds and … find peace and quiet in the very centre of Rio de Janeiro.

Ipanema beach

Copacabana is amazing, but when we hear the word ‘Ipanema’, we immediately hear the song “Garota de Ipanema” (“The Girl from Ipanema”). That is why we would like you to enjoy the beach and the sun there and listen to the song as well. Do you know what song we are talking about?:

Olha

Que coisa mais linda

Mais cheia de graça

É ela menina

Que vem e que passa…

Just put your towel on the sand, have a swim and read a good book listening to the song. We cannot think of a better way of spending the holiday in Brazil. 

Enjoy the trip to Brasil and if you want to buy bus tickets while being here, just do it by clicking here . It is a very safe website where you can book your bus seats in advance.

What is the capital of Brazil?

The history of Brazil is a bit complicated, just like the history of its three capital cities: Salvador, Rio de Janeiro and currently – Brasília. Today, we will focus on the last one.

Among the vast areas of the Brazilian upland, there is the capital of Brazil, Brasília. Brasília is unique in every aspect. Why? Well, capitals are usually moved to already existing cities. It was not the case with Brasília. It was built especially to move the capital deeper in the country. 

 

Let’s learn more about this interesting city. We will list below everything that you should know before visiting this city. It is worth it.

Capital of Brazil – facts

If you are intrigued already, definitely continue to read the information below. After that – visit Brazil and go to the capital. If you are interested in architecture – you will enjoy it even more.

-how it was built

Placing the capital city far from the coast was done on purpose to develop the inland part of Brazil. The idea of ​​creating the new capital occurred in 1823. The city was founded in a place that was full of lush nature. Impassable terrains hindered the delivery of building materials. That’s why the trucks were turned into airplanes. 

The decision about the grand undertaking was made by President Juscelino Kubitschek. Construction in the heart of Brazil began in 1956. Workers from all corners of Brazil came to take part in the creation of the new capital. The work was completed in 1960 and on April 27 the official inauguration began.

– architectural facts

The plan of the city (Plano Piloto) was the work of the prominent architect Lúcio Costa and the most important buildings were designed by even more famous architect, Oscar Niemeyer. Costa predicted the city for 500,000 residents, and currently, more than 2 million residents are living in this city.

The shape of the capital is compared to a bird with spread wings or an airplane. It has been designed in such a way that it can grow on the outside. The architecture of the space perfectly combined the natural greenery with soaring buildings.

 

– tourists in Brasília

In vain will you look for old colonial churches or other monuments from the time of slavery which the cities on the coast got us used to. The lovers of modern architecture in the style of Le Corbusier (Niemeyer was his student) will find heaven here. You can visit government administration buildings including the Congress, as well as a futuristic cathedral with glass panels. In honor of the Brasília’s builders who flocked here from all over the country, Monumento aos Candangos was erected, which also belongs to the tourist attractions of the capital.

If you are already in Brazil and you are thinking of visiting the capital of Brazil – we encourage you to do so. You can always just take the bus and go. Buy your bus tickets online here and do not worry about anything. 

Enjoy this unique experience of visiting the city where the harmonious combination of nature and modernity makes Brasília one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

São Paulo Brazil: time, weather and some tips

If you are thinking of going to Brazil and do not know if São Paulo is worth a visit – this article is definitely for you. You will find here the answer to a question – what time is it in São Paulo Brazil?; some information about the culture and of course, we will leave some tips for you.

São Paulo Brazil – concrete jungle?

Some people may be wondering if they want to spend their precious time off in the city of skyscrapers? After all, there are more than 200 buildings that are higher than 100 m. You have to answer this question on your own, however, the time spent in this unique city can be unforgettable. 

The highest building in o Paulo is Mirante do Vale (170 m). Then we have the skyscraper built by Italian immigrants – Edifício Itália (168 m). We also have the so-called replica of the Empire State Building in New York – Edifício do Banespa known as Altino Arantes (161 m). Another building worth mentioning is not that high, but it was designed by Oscar Niemeyer – Edifício Copan (115 m). Edifício Martinelli was the first skyscraper in Brazil that for a long time was the highest building in Latin America. 

At the top of Edifício Itália, there is an Italian restaurant and bar called Terraço Italia from which you can see the view of the whole city. Great place for dinner!

Edifício Copan located in São Paulo downtown

São Paulo Brazil culture

We do not have enough space to write about the cultural offer of this city. It is very diverse. We have mentioned about it in our previous article .

If you like unconventional art – you have the chance to visit a city of colourful murals and graffiti. One of the most interesting for sure is the 52 m high image of the most famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. It was made in 2013 on the entire wall of one of the skyscrapers at Avenida Paulista.

 

We also recommend visiting the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in São Paulo. It is the sixth most-visited cultural institution in Brazil. It is a part of a larger cultural institution with branches in Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Brasília. What is more, it is among the first hundred most-visited cultural institutions in the world. The building houses a theatre, cinema, exhibition space, auditorium, audiovisual rooms and a charming cafeteria. 

 

The Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) is one of the most important Brazilian museums. Founded in 1947 by Assis Chateaubriand and Pietro Maria Bardi, it was the first museum in the country devoted to contemporary art. The object is famous not only for its more than 8 thousand exhibits (paintings, sculptures, photographs, etc.) but also for its modern architecture.

What time is it in São Paulo Brazil and weather details

The time zone in the city is UTC/GMT-3. The same as in the capital city of Brazil, Brasília. Depending on what country you are from, the time difference varies.

 

You will find the weather details below:

– The best months in terms of weather in São Paulo are June, July, August, September and October,

– Warm and a bit rainy months are the following: January, February, March, September, October, November and December,

– The rainiest months are January and December.

Our tips

If you are thinking of visiting one than more city during your visit, we recommend travelling by bus and buying your bus tickets in advance. It will save you time and nerves. Travelling by bus in Brazil is very comfortable and cheaper. If you want to find details about it, just read our articles for example here  or here .

You can use websites where you can book your ticket as a foreigner, for example, Brazil Bus Travel . It is a well-known website that specializes in selling bus tickets for foreigners online. When you travel from São Paulo, you have a lot of routes to choose from. You can go to Rio de Janeiro (the journey takes around 4 hours), without having to spend time at the airport.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed reading our article and you have found it informative. As always, if you have additional questions, do not hesitate to leave them below. Have an amazing trip to Brazil.

 

Brazil flag – symbols and facts

 

In the last post, you had the chance to read about the appropriate spelling of the word ‘Brazil’. We also have written a lot about the name of the country and its origin. If you have not read about it and are interested in the topic click here. As we like writing about interesting facts, today we will tell you more about the Brazilian flag. 

 

When preparing for a trip to this beautiful country, it is worth learning some basic facts about the country. You will find a lot of information on our blog. We post new articles every week, so we encourage you to visit us as often as possible. You will learn some of our travel tips and facts about the country.

Coming back to Brazil: flag facts. If you do not remember how the flag looks like, here is a little reminder:

As you can see, the flag is in the shape of a rectangle, on which on a green background, there is a large yellow diamond. Inside the diamond, you can see a blue sphere with stars cut through with a white strip with the inscription Ordem e Progresso meaning “order and progress.”

Brazil flag – symbols

It is widely believed that the national colours of Brazil – green and yellow, symbolize the wealth of the country. Green resembles the equatorial forests of the Amazon. The yellow colour resembles gold which attracted European colonists here (Brazil had significant amounts of it in the past). 

The truth is that these colours really come from the previous flag of the Empire of Brazil. They are derived from the colours of the ruling families. The green colour was the symbol of the House of Bragança of Peter I – the first emperor of Brazil. The yellow colour, on the other hand, represented the House of Habsburg – his wife Leopoldina. 

 

The star system depicted on the flag reflects the sky over Rio de Janeiro on the morning of November 15, 1889 – on the day Brazil was declared a republic. Each of the 27 stars represents one unit of the administrative division of Brazil (26 states and the federal district). The number of stars, initially 21, increased along with the emergence of new administrative regions. The star symbolizing the Federal District is Sigma Octantis, which indicates the south pole of the sky. Such a choice was also symbolic, because this star is visible all year round throughout the country, and the other stars on the sky (symbolising the 26 states) seem to revolve around it. 

What is interesting is that according to the law, the flag should be updated in case a state is created or it has extinct.

 

The motto of Ordem e Progresso (“Order and Progress”) was inspired by the motto of positivism by August Comte: “L’amour pour principe et l’ordre pour base; le progrès pour but” meaning” Love as a principle, order as a basis, and progress as a goal.”

We hope that you found the article interesting. Enjoy the trip to Brasil and if you want to buy bus tickets while being here, just do it by clicking here . It is a very safe website where you can book your bus seats in advance.

Brazil or Brasil: which is right?

You may have heard that there is a bit of confusion when it comes to the name ‘Brasil’ or ‘Brazil’. It is just one letter that is different, however, it can cause uncertainty about which one is the correct one.

We are here to tell you everything about this difference. We hope that you will find this article interesting.

If you are reading our posts, you already know that the language used in Brazil is the Portuguese language. The name of the country in Portuguese is written with -s, so it is Brasil. It was not so simple in the past. You will read more about it below.

In English, we spell it with -z, so it is Brazil. It varies in different languages. 

The origin of the word Brazil

Where did the country get its name from? Brazil is a shortened version of the ‘land of Brazil’. The country was named after the brazilwood tree ‘pau brasil’. The tree is known for its characteristic colour of the wood. It is reddish and resembles hot ember – in Portuguese ember is called brasa.

The pau brasil is the national tree of Brazil and is really beautiful. It may reach up to 15 metres in height and has amazing yellow flowers.

The tree is also known from the dye that is produced with the use of it – the dye is called Brazilin. It has been used for ages to make paints and inks and of course dye fabrics.

 

The appropriate spelling of the name of the country

 

Actually, until the year 1897, it was not stated anywhere, what is the proper spelling. Both versions were then correct.

The Brazilian Academy of Letters was founded to normalize all the norms on Portuguese orthography. Do you remember the name ‘brasa’ we have told you about?

The academy has decided that the appropriate way to spell the word is ‘brasa’ – not ‘braza’ – so the appropriate way to spell the name of the country is thus ‘Brasil’.

In 1945 both Brazil and Portugal have agreed that this spelling is officially correct.

The name of the country in different languages

We have already told you how is the name of the country spelt in English, however, it is also interesting to know how it is in other languages:

Albanian – Brazil, Brazili

Czech – Brazílie

English – Brazil

Esperanto – Brazilo

French – Brésil

Spanish – Brasil

Latin – Brasilia

German – Brasilien

Polish – Brazylia

Swedish – Brasilien

Turkish – Brezilya

Italian – Brasile 

Those are just a few languages that we have chosen as an example to show you, how the name of the country is spelt in other languages. As you may have noticed the letter -s is used as often as the letter -z in the middle of the name. 

If we have not listed your language – please leave it in the comments section below. Other readers are for sure curious as much as we are about who reads our posts. From what countries do you come from? 

If you plan to visit Brazil, be sure to look for the brazilwood tree. If you love nature, you will love it. It is listed as endangered species. You may try to find it in botanical gardens and of course around Brazil.

 

Where is Brazil located?

In today’s post, we will tell you where is Brazil located. If you want to visit this beautiful country, spend a few minutes to learn some basic facts about it. You will find some information below. 

Where is Brazil on the map?

Brazil is the biggest country in South America when it comes to the area and the number of inhabitants.

The territory of the country takes almost half of the surface of South America and spreads in the middle of the continent.

Brazil borders on the north with Venezuela, Guiana, Surinam, and French Guiana, on the north-west with Colombia, on the west with Bolivia and Peru, on the south-west with Argentina and Paraguay, on the south with Uruguay and the east with the Atlantic Ocean.

A few facts about Brasil

Now you know where is Brazil located so let’s learn more facts about this country:

– Brazil is the biggest country in the world and the only country in America that is Portuguese-speaking;

– The Atlantic coast is 7 491 km long. Several archipelagos belong to Brazil: Fernando de Noronha, Rocas, Saint Peter, and Paul the Islands, Trinidad and Martim Vaz;

– The most important deepwater ports in Brazil are: Santos, Itajaí, Rio Grande, Paranaguá, Rio de Janeiro, Sepetiba, Vitória, Suape, Manaus and São Francisco do Sul;

– the south-eastern area of ​​the Atlantic coast is covered by Mata Atlântica – the Atlantic forest. It is an area of ​​lush forests, in which there are as many as 269 species of mammals – 2/3 species occurring in the Amazon;

– one of the biggest tourist attractions of Brazil is the Iguaçu Falls. It is located on the border between Brazil and Argentina on the Iguaçu River – the left tributary of Parana river;

Brazilian cuisine is diversified regionally. The most known dish in the world is ‘feijoada’ – a stew of beans, beef, and pork. If you are a vegetarian, you will find a version without the meat as well. You have to try it out once you are in Brazil.

The climate in Brazil

Brazil lies in the zone of equatorial, tropical, subtropical and moderate climates.

Climate diversity contributes to the diversity of ecosystems: from the equatorial forests in the north and semi-deserts in the north-east to the coniferous forest in the temperate zone in the south and grassy savannas in the central part of the country.

In the exceptionally humid equatorial climate zone in the Amazon, there is no dry season. There are only periods when the amount of rainfall is slightly lower. The average daily temperature is around 15 Celsius degrees.

Both annual and daily temperature amplitudes are pretty low. In the savannah zone – the further south, the longer the dry season and the shorter the wet season.

The temperate climate of the southern extremities of Brazil is characterized by the occurrence of winters during which the temperature falls below 0°C.

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