Culture

Brazil came into being through the mixing together of colors, flavors, sounds and cultures from many corners of the world, and of people who arrived, liked it and stayed and this has produced this cheerful Brazilian way of being. Its people are pound of their country and with a wide welcoming smile are pleased to show their music, festivals, architectural sites registered as a World Cultural Heritage, and their tasty cuisine which differs from region to region.

CARNIVAL, Rio de Janeiro

Rio Carnival is an explosion of joy. To the sound o the drums of the samba “schools”, in the Carnival troupes that parade through the streets, in dances in clubs and hotels, Carnival – which takes place either in February or March – is a festival that brings together creativity, plasticity, colors, sounds, and lots of fancy dress. It is the biggest popular manifestation in the world. Carnival is a unique registration of the mixture that makes up Brazilian Culture.

HISTORICAL CENTER OF SÃO LUÍS, Maranhão

It has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage due to the preservation of its magnificent, homogeneous set of examples of Latin America colonial architecture dating back to the eighteenth on nineteenth centuries.

PARATI, Rio de Janeiro

Parati has been registered as a Historical Heritage of Brazil an even today preservers one of the most harmonious sets of architecture in the country. The whole collection of colonial style houses maintains the characteristics it had at the time the city was founded in the 16th century. Its stone-paved streets attract attention and lead the way to old jail, the fort, museums, handcraft shops and churches. In addition to cultural attractions the region can also offer boat rides, cachaça (sugar cane liquor) tasting in the small distilleries of the sugar cane factories and good restaurants.

OURO PRETO, Minas Gerais

Ouro Preto, former capital of the Province of Minas Gerais is a UNESCO – REGISTERED World Cultural Heritage and one of the richest clusters of Baroque architecture in the country. The city attracts tourists from all over Brasil and the world, interested in getting known about the history and religious art of the Brazilian Baroque period as well local handicrafts and typical Minas Gerais cuisine.

CARNIVAL IN SALVADOR, Bahia

It is impossible not to follow the rhythms of the “trios elétricos” in Salvador during the Carnival. The “trios” are big adapted trucks with sounds amplifiers – mobile stages in fact – that move along three official circuits. Behind them come two million carnival enthusiasts dancing, jumping and having good time in the 25 kilometers of streets and avenues.

ESTRADA REAL

The term “Estrada Real” (Royal Road) refers to the trails trodden by colonizers of Brazil from the time gold was discovered in Minas Gerais until the time when the gold ran out. At least three riutes may be considered as “Estradas Reais”: the Caminho Velho (old way) which started from Parati and led to Ouro Preto; The Caminho Novo (new way) which started from Rio de Janeiro and also led to Ouro Preto; and the Caminho da Bahia (Bahia way) which linked Salvador to the region of the mines. Along the 1,400 kilometers of the Estrada Real, 177 towns and districts are to be found of which 162 are in the present State of Minas Gerais. Some cities that belong to the Estrada Real are: Diamantina, Mariana, Sabará, Tiradentes and São João Del Rey

SÃO PAULO BIENNALE OF ART, São Paulo

A stimulating coming together of arts and other forms of expression, the São Paulo Biennale of Arts is one of the Brazilian events that is on the international agenda and is considered to be one of the most important exhibitions of the world art scene. It always takes place on even years.

Source: Brazil Sensational!