The tourist industry is one of the biggest and most important in the world service sector; unfortunately Brazil lags far behind in this area, but it improves every year. In 1997 statistic data shows 600 million international tourist trips, of which only 3 million went to Brazil that is less than half of one percent. However the number is growing every year, as Brazil can offer 5 thousand miles of beach, a nice tropical climate, the greatest rain forest on Planet Earth and a wonderful friendly people. Brazil just needs to learn to promote itself and invest in tourism infrastructure.
After you have had the opportunity to visit the world's largest rainforest, you can then visit the countries largest city, Sao Paulo. Sao Paulo has beautiful sky scrapers, amazing shopping centres, and many other great tourist attractions. After leaving Sao Paulo, many holiday makers set off to explore some of the 4,500 miles of shore line of the Atlantic Coast. This coast is popular with tourists who to learn to surf and many holiday makers visit Rio de Janeiro. This area is popular with surfers for the great surfing conditions and at night they like to sample some of the many great bars and restaurants.
Brazil is a great place to go and stay in a holiday villa or self catering holiday apartment. It is a country that likes to party and enjoy itself and its locals are extremely friendly and welcoming. Its cities are full of many great bars and hold carnivals at different times of the year. Many tourists come to Brazil especially for these carnivals and the locals encourage the tourists to take part.
Since Brazil is located in the Southern hemisphere, the seasons are the opposite times of year as those in the United States. Brazil's summer runs from December 22 to March 21 and winter goes from June 22 to September 21. Since Brazil is so large, temperatures vary widely, especially during winter months. Rainy seasons are also at different times of the year. Besides the weather conditions, you will also want to check the holiday schedule. There are quite a few Brazilian holidays related to historical events or religious celebrations. You certainly don't want to travel to Brazil when most things are closed or overly crowded.
Brazil is a vibrant country that offers great contrasts. It has big bustling cities where you can rent self catering holiday apartments. These can be used as a base to sample the local culture and enjoy the local night life and food. There are also some great shops in Brazil and many tourists return home with some good bargains.
Brazil also offers some of the best beaches in the world and holiday makers on a family beach holiday to Brazil can stay in holiday villas with swimming pools or self catering holiday apartments. They are a great way of experiencing a relaxing sun holiday on the beach. As well as getting a great sun tan, many tourists also try their hands at many of the water sports that are on offer. They may sail, scuba dive, snorkel or simply enjoy their time swimming in the clean warm water.