7 Amazing Facts about Brazil
By Stephanie Kitchin
(27/08/2011)Steph from INTO is embarking on a trip to Brazil to attend the Latin America Travel Mart as well as checking out some new hotels and Brazil tour ideas for 2012.
Look out for reports of how she gets on in the next few weeks, and in the meantime here are some fascinating facts about Latin America’s largest country kindly provided by Rio resident Marie Lou:
• Brazil makes up one half of the continent of South America. Much of the country is focused on the 5, 000 miles of coast including gorgeous beaches.
• There are 2, 500 airports in Brazil
• The Capybara is the world’s largest rodent at 70Kg and can be seen in herds of 100s in the Pantanal wetlands
• Brazilians are football crazy. They have won the World Cup five times and are the hosts in 2014
• The capital is not Rio or Sao Paulo but futuristic Brasilia
• 30% of the world’s oxygen comes from the Amazon rainforest
• Brazil is 100% energy independent. Cars in Brazil don’t run on gasoline, they run on ethanol, a blend of ethanol and gasoline (gasohol) or natural gas – enabling the country to be 100% energy independent.