Brazil – Continued

I want to tell more about Brazil! Again, we had such a special time! So, what do Paulistas do? We always joke that we love to go to the airport to watch airplanes land and take off while enjoying a espresso. When I was little that was true, but not anymore.

Fresh Flower Arrangement - Shopping Iguatemi. Malls where the stores are different from one to another. Each one has a different decoration of FRESH FLOWERS in all corners.

Also all restaurants have the most beautiful flowers. This one is called America where you can eat burgers and fries just like here.

Flowers at America

Flower pot from a distance

My husband and I love to show people where the cashew nut comes from. Have you ever seen the cashew fruit?


The nut is taken from this greenish/brown part of the fruit and toasted. The fruit grows in huge tall trees called “cajueiros” , typical from the Northeast part of Brazil.

Most people do not know that Brazil is bigger than continental USA.

I got this information from Wikipedia for your knowledge.


Brazil occupies a large area along the eastern coast of South America and includes much of the continent’s interior,[140] sharing land borders with Uruguay to the south; Argentina and Paraguay to the southwest; Bolivia and Peru to the west; Colombia to the northwest; and Venezuela, Suriname, Guyana and the French overseas department of French Guiana to the north. It shares a border with every country in South America except for Ecuador and Chile. It also encompasses a number of oceanic archipelagos, such as Fernando de Noronha, Rocas Atoll, Saint Peter and Paul Rocks, and Trindade and Martim Vaz.[8] Its size, relief, climate, and natural resources make Brazil geographically diverse.[140]

Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, after Russia, Canada, China and the United States, and third largest in the Americas; with a total area of 8,514,876.599 square kilometers (3,287,612 sq mi) [141], including 55,455 square kilometers (21,411 sq mi) of water.[8] It spans three time zones; from UTC-4 in the western states, to UTC-3 in the eastern states (and the official time of Brazil), and UTC-2 in the Atlantic islands.[6]

Brazilian topography is also diverse and includes hills, mountains, plains, highlands, and scrublands. Much of the terrain lies between 200 metres (660 ft) and 800 metres (2,600 ft) in elevation.[142] The main upland area occupies most of the southern half of the country.[142] The northwestern parts of the plateau consist of broad, rolling terrain broken by low, rounded hills.[142]

The southeastern section is more rugged, with a complex mass of ridges and mountain ranges reaching elevations of up to 1,200 metres (3,900 ft).[142] These ranges include the Mantiqueira and Espinhaço mountains and the Serra do Mar.[142] In the north, the Guiana Highlands form a major drainage divide, separating rivers that flow south into the Amazon Basin from rivers that empty into the Orinoco River system, in Venezuela, to the north. The highest point in Brazil is the Pico da Neblina at 3,014 metres (9,890 ft), and the lowest is the Atlantic Ocean.[8]

Brazil has a dense and complex system of rivers, one of the world’s most extensive, with eight major drainage basins, all of which drain into the Atlantic.[143] Major rivers include the Amazon (the world’s second-longest river and the largest in terms of volume of water), the Paraná and its major tributary the Iguaçu (which includes the Iguazu Falls), the Negro, São Francisco, Xingu, Madeira and Tapajós rivers.[143]

The largest metropolitan areas in Brazil are São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Belo Horizonte — all in the Southeastern Region — with 19.5, 11.5, and 5.1 million inhabitants respectively.[220] Almost all of the state capitals are the largest cities in their states, except for Vitória, the capital of Espírito Santo, and Florianópolis, the capital of Santa Catarina. There are also non-capital metropolitan areas in the states of São Paulo (Campinas, Santos and the Paraíba Valley), Minas Gerais (Steel Valley), Rio Grande do Sul (Sinos Valley), and Santa Catarina (Itajaí Valley).[221]



3 thoughts on “Brazil – Continued

  1. Hi Andrea , I enjoyed all the information you posted about Brazil. I want to go there some day . I love Brazilian music.You need to share some of your favorite bossa-novas:))))


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