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Things to do in Brazil

Brazil isn’t just South America’s largest country. There are so many things to do in Brazil, because the country is so diverse. For one thing, it’s home to the most biologically diverse habitat in the world, the Amazon rainforest. Guided tours and walks, flyovers and more are available to let you explore this incredible habitat in your own chosen way. Meanwhile, the cities of Brazil contain an intensity and diversity of urban experiences that can’t be matched elsewhere; Americans walking through the streets of São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro might be reminded of a mashup of New York and New Orleans, and there’s nightlife and daylife to match.

Activities in Brazil aren’t limited to wildlife and nightlife. There’s also culture, from the São Paulo Museum of Art, which you’ll find over on Paulista Avenue defying gravity and defining a bold new Brazilian architecture. If its collections of modern and contemporary, local, African, indigenous and Asian art don’t hold your interest, you could take a closer look at the gigantic statue of Christ the Redeemer that towers over Rio, or take the cable car to the top of the Sugar Loaf Mountain - or visit São Paulo’s glorious Ibirapuera Park.

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