Images of Brazil

Images of Salvador Brazil
November 3, 2008, 6:40 pm
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The city of Salvador is notable in Brazil for its cuisine, music and architecture, and its metropolitan area is the wealthiest in the northeastern region of the country. Over 80% of the population of metropolitan region of Salvador has some Black African ancestry. The African influence in many cultural aspects of the city makes it the center of Afro-Brazilian culture. The historical center of Salvador, frequently called the Pelourinho, is rich in historical monuments dating from the 17th through the 19th centuries and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985.

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Images of Iguazu Falls
November 3, 2008, 1:37 pm
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Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls

The bridges leading out over the Argentinean falls. The Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat in English; Garganta do Diabo in Portuguese), a U-shaped 150-metre-wide and 700-metre-long (490 by 2300 feet) cliff, is the most impressive of all, and marks the border between Argentina and Brazil.

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Images from Fortaleza Brazil
November 3, 2008, 9:28 am
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Fortaleza is the state capital of Ceará, located in Northeastern Brazil. With a population of over 3.4 million (metropolitan region), Fortaleza has an area of 313 square kilometres (121 sq mi). To the north of the city lies the Atlantic Ocean; to the south are the cities of Pacatuba, Eusébio, Maracanaú and Itaitinga; to the east is the county of Aquiraz and the Atlantic Ocean; and to the west is the city of Caucaia. Residents of the city are known as Fortalezenses. On Beira-mar Avenue, kiosks and restaurants offer regional seafood, Sushi, Brazilian dishes and many more varieties of food; there are also many bars which provide anything from beer to cocktails. At the handcraft fair (the feirinhá), many stands show embroidery and leather work, as well as jewellery and regional food or artisinal cachaca’s. Of the urban beaches in Fortaleza, Praia do Futuro is the most frequented and is characterized by restaurants along the beach, each one with its own musical style and decoration.

The statue of Iracema refers to the legend of the Indian which was depicted in a novel by José de Alencar, a famous Brazilian authour who orginated from Fortaleza. Mucuripe Beach holds the Lighthouse Museum. Opened in 1846, the lighthouse was active for 111 years, until it was closed in 1957. Dragão do Mar Art and Culture Center holds the Cearense Culture Memorial, the Contemporary Art Museum and Rubens de Azevedo Planetarium, as well as movies and theaters. Besides this, many old warehouses were refurbished and became bars and restaurants surrounding the central area of town. There are cuisine and show options in the evening. It is most certainly one of the trendiest places to be seen.
Nightlife includes bars, nightclubss and restaurants, opened every day in the week, besides the characteristic comedy shows that have introduced nationally famous artists. An off-season carnival, Fortal, happens in Fortaleza in July. With a remodeled structure in 2008, the event has parking lots, bleachers, stalls and food court. The event lasts 4 days and around 1.5 million people enjoy the nationally famous axé music bands. Fortaleza also stages music festivals in Brazil, such as Ceará Music. This yearly event includes local artists and international pop rock stars for 3 days. Around 25 thousand people enjoy the fun and several concerts, electronic music tents, and fashion shows.
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Images from Chapada Diamantina
November 2, 2008, 12:18 pm
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This image was taken in Chapada Diamantina and the location is Fumacinha. To see more images of this category go to the category Chapada Diamantina on the webpages.

Located in the heart of Bahia, Chapada Diamantina is cut by mountains, large plateaus, rivers, rapids, waterfalls, caverns and transparent pools of water. It has several springs sprouting from the rocky cliffs and more than 35 rivers – the largest are the Paraguaçu and Preto Rivers. Due to relief variations and to diverse forms of vegetation, the fauna is very rich and some species can be seen very easily, such as humming birds, parakeets, parrots, capybaras, and small lizards. It also has some small rodents, known as mocós (a kind of guinea pig) – which adapt from the feet of calcareous hills to the plateaus, over the mountain – and even some species of large mammals threatened with extinction, such as jaguars and pumas.Chapada Diamantina’s attractions are innumerous, which make it difficult to choose where to start. One of these is the Enchanted Well, which receives sun rays from 10:30AM to 12:30PM, allowing the observation – through turquoise blue water – of even the tiny stones deposited 61 m deep. It is located in one of the many caverns in the area and it is the Chapada’s most famous postcard, but bathing is prohibited there.

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Images from Natal Rio Grande do Norte
November 2, 2008, 5:25 am
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Featuring a new category with images from Natal

Natal Cliffs, rivers discharging in the sea and mangroves full of natural life complement the spectacle that converts the capital of the State of Rio Grande do Norte into one of the most attractive tourism options in Brazil. In Natal, visitors can enjoy more than 300 sunny days a year, an average temperature of 260c (780 F) and breathtaking beaches that invite to leisure and sea-bathing. White dunes surrounded by coconut groves, clear and warm waters – everything there conspires to make your stay in the city the most pleasant as possible! Moreover, the almost 700 inhabitants of the city enjoy an excellent urban infrastructure.

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Images from Fernando de Noronha
November 2, 2008, 4:22 am
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Fernando de Noronha

The main island has 17 km², with a length of about 10 km and a maximum width of 3,5 km. Its perimeter has about 60 km. The island is uneven, has various elevations, from which the most important are: the Morro do Pico (Peak Mount) with 323 m hight; the Morro do Espinhaço (Spine Mount) with 223 m; the Morro do Francês (Frenchman Mount) with 195 m; the Alto da Bandeira (Flag Height) with 160 m; the Morro do Curral (Farmyard Mount) with 126 m; and the Morro de Sto. Antônio (Saint Antony Mount) with 105 m.
On this island there are the historic sites (Vila dos Remédios, Vila da Quixaba, ruins of the Forts of São Pedro do Boldró, of Sto. Antonio, of N.Sª da Conceição and Parque de Sant’Ana), the civilian residential villages, the village of the Flight Protection Department, the Airoport, the day nursery, the School, the Hospital, the Tubarão Power Station, the Piraúna Water Treatment Station, the Desalination Station, the Garbage Treatment Station and the Telephone services. Part of this island is a National Marine Reserve since 1988 and there is a division identified as Environmental Protected Area – EPA with about 8 km² and PARNAMAR / FN Area with 112,7 km², which comprises the marine portion up to a sea depth of 50 m (isobathic). Around this bigger island other small islands, cliffs and islets constitute the praised landscape by scientists and troubadours. They are the SECONDARY ISLANDS and today it is known that all of them were binded together, forming only one block. They were separated along million of years due to the marine erosion. Click on the links below to know each of these islands.

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Brazilian images of Rio de Janeiro
November 2, 2008, 12:09 am
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Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro (“River of January”), is the second largest city of Brazil, after São Paulo. The city is capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro. It was the capital of Brazil for almost two centuries, from 1763 to 1822 while it was a Portuguese colony and from 1822 to 1960 as an independent nation. It was the capital of the Portuguese Empire from 1808 to 1821. Commonly known as just Rio, the city is also nicknamed A Cidade Maravilhosa, or “The Marvelous City”.

Apart from Carnaval, New Year is also a major event in Rio. It’s celebrated with concerts and firework displays all around Rio, the largest one being in Copacabana beach. People wear white clothes, and some of them make offerings to Iemanjá, a deity in many of the Afro-Brazilian religions (e.g. Candomble, Umbanda, Macumba).
There are several significant museums in Rio as well. Among them are the Quinta da Boa Vista (which includes the National Museum of Brazil), the Native Art Museum (primitives, with the largest collection of native paintings in the world, and the Indian Museum.
Rio also has one of the world’s most talked-about nightlife. Rio has a lot of nightclubs where the rich enjoy themselves and party the night away.
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