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Brazil: 10 reasons we cannot have enough of it!

Last updated on: June 24, 2014 21:41 IST

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So the FIFA World Cup is underway in Brazil. And if that isn't enough reason to love the country, here are ten more!

As part of our ongoing fascination with Brazil, we've been bringing you all the reasons we love this wonderful nation

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And just in case you're wondering why we cannot get enough of Brazil, we give you ten good reasons!


1. The people

What makes any place special is its people.

And if you've been to Brazil you'll know that these folks are some of the most fun-loving, easygoing people in the world!

Think Goans and multiply that by a hundred! :-)

It is difficult not to love them!

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Image: Girls take a selfie on Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Photographs: Julian Finney/Getty Images

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2. The Carnival

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When we said fun-loving, we really meant it.

Some two million people get on to the streets every single day of the carnival in Rio. And how!

 

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Image: Members of Unidos da Tijuca Samba School during their parade at 2014 Brazilian Carnival at Sapucai Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Photographs: Buda Mendes/Getty Images
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3. The Graffiti

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The Western World has its share of graffiti greats.

And Banksy, the British graffiti artist, may have sold his works at Sotheby.

But nothing comes close to the colourful walls of Brazil!

So when it was time to protest against the FIFA World Cup, graffiti artists took to the walls to show their anger against the tournament.

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Image: Graffiti on a wall of a public school criticises the hosting of the World Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Photographs: Victor Moriyama/Getty Images

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4. The Beaches

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We aren't going to say anything more.

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Image: A couple enjoys Sao Conrado beach during summer in Rio de Janeiro.
Photographs: Sergio Moraes/Reuters
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5. The Wildlife

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Not only is Brazil home to 60 per cent of the Amazon Rainforest but also to one-tenth of ALL species on this planet.

It is the second in the list of countries that have the most reptile species and third in the list of countries with the maximum bird species.

We'll let you chew on that.

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Image: The Toco toucan is one of the many species of birds found in Brazil.
Photographs: Daph Chloe/Wikimedia Creative Commons

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6. The Natural Landscape

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This one's a picture of the Iguazu Falls in the south of the country. 'Nuff said!

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Image: A breathtaking evening at the Iguazu Falls located on the border of the Brazilian state of Parana and the Argentinan province of Misiones.
Photographs: SF Brit/Wikimedia Commons

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7. The Colonial Past

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Much like India, Brazil too has a colonial past that comes alive through its architecture.

If that sort of stuff interests you, we suggest you pay a visit to the cities of Recife and Salvador and you will not be disappointed.

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Image: A tourist takes a snapshot in the Pelourinho district of Salvador, in the northern coastal state of state of Bahia,
Photographs: Gregg Newton/Reuters

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8. The Models

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Gisele Bundchen, Izabel Goulart, Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima are just some of Brazil's most stunning exports to the fashion world.

Should we even bother explaining why that is so great?

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Image: Adriana Lima
Photographs: Victoria's Secret Lingerie Catalogue 2013

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9. This guy!

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Brazil has a way of dwarfing you.

If the nature and wildlife don't make you realise how small your ego should be, we recommend a visit to Rio :-)


Image: A full moon is seen over the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.
Photographs: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

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10. Soccer

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Brazil is the spiritual home of soccer.

For the Brazilians, soccer is in their blood.

So you would imagine that the World Cup coming to Brazil should be a big deal right?

The World Cup has cost the country some $11 billion.

In the days preceding the World Cup and every single day since it began, Brazilians have been protesting against FIFA and the World Cup.

For a country that swears by soccer, the Brazilian (people more than the government) certainly have their priorities right.


Image: Locals play football at the Iracemar beach in Fortaleza, Brazil.
Photographs: Michael Steele/Getty Images

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