Recent events in the world of sport have caused people of all nationalities to explore Brazil more closely. Thousands of foreigners who visited the country are thinking about staying back for a longer period of time. Of course, there is a lot more to this beautiful nation than football. As Brazil’s popularity on a global scale increases, so does its number of expats, especially the younger adults. Here are the top 5 reasons why moving to Brazil will probably make you a happy camper:
1. The Beaches: There are over 2,000 beaches stretching along the 8,000Km coastline and over 1,000 islands dotting the Atlantic Ocean, within Brazil’s limits, making this country a beach-lover’s haven. Though some of these beaches are densely populated quite a few of the others are preserved ecological sanctuaries.Some of the best beaches for swimming and sunbathing include Baia Dos Porcos in Fernando de Norhona, Lopes Mendes in Ilha Grande, Dolphin’s Bay in Praia De Pipa, Farol Beach in Arraial do Cabo, Quarta Praia in Sao Paolo, Gales in Maragogi and Prainha in Rio de Janeiro, just to name a few. Most of these shores have villas and beach houses close by, which you can rent for a longer duration.
2. The Landscape: Brazil is nothing short of paradise to wildlife and nature enthusiasts. Geographical features like The Amazon Rainforest, The Amazon River and Iguacu Falls are famous all over the world. The country is also home to 62 National Parks along with hundreds of conservation units. Many Americans and Europeans are literally boggled with the flora and fauna in the country; at every turn they can explore a new species of plant or animal. Moreover, ecotourism is on the rise, in order to preserve the seriously endangered natural treasures, which makes it possible for expats to enjoy the Brazilian landscape in a sustainable way.
3. Events and Celebrations: Who hasn’t seen or at least heard about the Carnival in Brazil? Thousands of tourists and expats join the locals in the annual country-wide festival which begins on the Friday before Lent and ends on the Tuesday (before Ash Wednesday). In the larger states like, Rio de Janeiro, Pernambuco, Bahia, and Sao Paolo, huge parades are organized for public viewing in the streets. In cities like Recife, Salvador, Porto Seguro and Olinda, the spectators can also interact with the carnival performers. The styles of the parade may differ from one Brazilian state to the other. If you are on a budget, avoid the Rio Carnival as the cost of living could increase significantly at this time.
4. The Climate: The weather in Brazil may vary to a great extent depending upon the region you live in. You can enjoy blue skies and moderate temperatures around the year in certain parts of the country. Some of the cities such as Fortaleza get about 300 days of sunshine each year. Rio too has a temperate and tropical climate, which means that you get to enjoy sunny skies all year long. In the other cities, fall and winter are equally delightful with their cool sunrises and chilly nights, which are perfect for snuggling up in front of the fireplace. When in rains though, it can go on and on!
5. The Food: Being a mix of Portuguese and African food, Brazilian cuisine is diverse; every region has its own delicacies. Some of the regions specialize in seafood, whereas others prefer adding meat to their cooking. While vegetarians wouldn’t exactly starve to death, this country may not have a lot to offer them. This is probably because barbecued meats are an important part of Brazilian cuisine. In fact, the trend of cooking over open fire barbeque pits caused the world to sit up and notice Brazilian food. Some of the signature Brazilian dishes that all tourists and expats must try include Coxinhas, Pao de Queijo, Empadao, Salpicao, Mandioca Frita, Acaraje, Vatapa, Feijoada, Pasteis and Farofa. Several food festivals are held across different cities in the country to help you get in touch with its culinary diversity.
Brazilian culture includes many more features and should be experienced by everyone at least once. While there are several reasons why moving to Brazil is a good idea, it is best to check for more information like economy, employment, standard of living and so on, before making any long-term decision.