Brazil is a land splashed with color from the flamboyant costumes of Carnaval, to the verdant jungle sanctum of the rainforest, to the myriad shades of water rippling beside white dunes at Lenšˇis Maranhenses. These sights blaze like visual souvenirs that hungry eyes can gather and hoard forever.
The vibrant city of Rio de Janiero is a Bacchanalian vortex of nightlife, but it is also a city of culture, as evident in its museums, gardens and architecture. Rio de Janiero can best be viewed by riding a cable car to the top of PŃo de Aš˙car at sunset and watching the city lights twinkle to life. Sports fans will find the largest stadium in the world, the MaracanŃ Stadium, in Rio. For a wilderness adventure, one can tour the dark reaches of the Amazon jungle by kayaking through its tributaries. The stadium was built to host the 1950 World Cup, the first such match held after World War II imposed a twelve year hiatus. Modernist architecture and public art characterize the capital city of Brasilia. Ancient pictographs grace the surreal rock formations of Parque Nacional Sete Cidades. Are these rocks remnants of seven, 190-million-year-old cities, as some claim, or proof that aliens landed here? The debate rages on.