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Cheap Flights to Brazil

With a vibrant lifestyle and extraordinarily diverse range of cultures and landscapes, Brazil is a destination that you can immerse yourself in for months and still not see every side of.

The land mass of Brazil is larger than the continental United States, with the distance from north to south comparable to that between Los Angeles and New York. Yet nearly two-thirds of the population resides near the coast, with over half in Brazil's cities. This provides a deep contrast between the remote stretches of the country's interior and its bustling, sophisticated cities. Perhaps what Brazil is most known for is the fun loving nature of its good looking residents, who are not one to skip the chance for a celebration. The flurry of colorful costumes during Carnival and the abundance of street parties, sunny beach culture, and live music help create a truly enjoyable vibe year-round.

Visitors from the Philippines and many other countries can enter Brazil for up to 90 days without a visa, although some proof of onward travel may be required. The largest airport is Sao Paulo's International Airport; with Rio de Janeiro-Galeao a close second. There are many airlines that fly into Brazil from international destinations, including Cathay Pacific, TAM, and KLM.

One of Brazil's main draws is its abundance of fine white sandy beaches, which provide a major part of the country's lifestyle and culture. See and be seen at Rio's famous Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, or try a surf lesson at Porto de Galinhas or Jericoacoara. The southern beaches are popular getaways for Argentinean tourists, particularly at hotspots like Santa Catalina Island. Venture inland for a tropical adventure in the Amazon rainforest, where you can kayak down the river or go swimming with pink bottlenose dolphins. Manaus is Brazil's laid back jungle metropolis, which offers a good central point for booking a trek into the wild. Or venture into Pantanal, one of the world's largest wetland expanses. It is home to the Iguacu Falls, a spectacular sight rivalling Niagara or Victoria.

The cities are also well worth exploring for their blend of colonial architecture and vibrant nightlife. Ride the funicular to the top of Rio's Corcovado Mountain, where you can see the famous Christ the Redeemer statue and enjoy breath-taking views of the city. Pay a visit to Sao Paulo's Central Market to marvel at fragrant fresh produce from all over Brazil, or visit the well-preserved colonial town of Paraty to experience village life.

Travel Tips

•Brazil's Carnival celebration is world-famous, and rightly so. It takes place in cities and villages throughout the region, and is celebrated in a variety of ways. Dance to the rhythm of the samba schools in Rio de Janeiro, or feast your eyes on the psychedelic giant masks used in Olinda's processions. Book well in advance if you plan to visit during February or March, however, as accommodations fill up quickly.

•If you notice any curved or free form futuristic buildings about, chances are that they are the work of Oscar Niemeyer, Brazil's most famous architect. He was a pioneer of modern architecture, responsible for works including the spaceship-like Museum of Contemporary Art in Niteroi and the undulating Copan building in Sao Paulo.

•Brazil has received bad press about its street crime, particularly in the larger cities. Most of this is sensationalized by the media, but you can minimize your chances by avoiding flashing money, iPods, or expensive jewelry, and avoiding high risk neighborhoods.

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