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Jungle journey (Amazonas)
As a tourist it's difficult to walk around the constituent state capital Manaus without being held up by people who want to sell a journey into the jungle. There are plenty of colourful brochures with pictures of plants and animals, but they seldom keep their promise. Instead you should examine in details what the journey contains. Insist on meeting the guide before you pay. A one-day trip is not enough if you want to see the jungle, you'll spend too much time on transport and won't get far enough for it to get interesting. Four days is a recommended minimum for a journey. It's not cheap to visit the Amazon jungle. There's no guarantee that you'll see wildlife but on one of the longer journeys it's almost certain. A cheaper way to see the jungle is to hire a guide from Associacao dos Canoeiros (Association of canoe guides). These trips are primitive in comparison to those, which the tour companies offer, but a lot of people prefer them because they are more authentic.
River barge trips (Amazonas)
The impassable terrain in the jungle makes the river the most efficient way of transport. The ramshackle barges, which sail the complex network of rivers, is the only way to get to the local population, but to tourists it's an attraction in itself to sprawl in a hammock while the barge happily chugs through the jungle. From the boat you can watch life on the banks while you are close to the locals. Boat trips are usually with food and drink included. The most expensive trips are by tourist boat, while it's far cheaper to board a cargo boat and arrange your hammock. If you walk around the harbour in Manaus, you'll find a boat, which will take you towards Colombia or Peru.
Market for art and handicraft (Feira de Arte e Artesano) (Belo Horizonte)
Every Sunday morning a wonderful market is held on Avenida Afonso Pena. Here you can buy high quality handicrafts and taste the local food and drink. Even though you don't intend to buy anything, you should visit this place, as the atmosphere is very friendly and there is enough to see.
Sabará (Belo Horizonte)
Just 25 kilometres south-east of Belo Horizonte lies the city Sabará, which was one of the wealthiest cities in the world during the gold rush. Even though the city doesn't come even close to what it once was, it still reflects the past days of glory in its houses, churches, statues and fountains. Sabrá is an image of the transitoriness of the crazy gold rush and an interesting one-day trip from Belo Horizonte. The city also has a very interesting gold museum (museu do ouro) with relics from the days of the gold rush.
The parks in Belo Horizonte (Belo Horizonte)
The park is a huge green and quiet area in the middle of the city. This is where the inhabitants of Belo Horizonte take a break from the vibrant city. Palacio da Artes, the scene of different cultural events, is no doubt the park's greatest attraction.
Estância de Agua de Itiquira Nature Reserve (Brasília)
Estância de Agua de Itiquira is a lovely natural area about 110 kilometres from Brasilia. From a 170-metre peak you have a view of a forested valley, nature's own crystal clear swimming pools and a couple of bars and restaurants. The place is perfect if you have had too much of the metallic and sterile capital.
Metropolitana Cathedral (Brasília)
Caredal Metropolitana is not like any other church, but definitely worth a visit. The cathedral sits on Eixo Monumental and is decorated with aluminium angels. The basic frame of the church is 16 curved pillars and inside there are some amazing glass paintings.
TV Tower (Brasília)
In order to get an overview of the city's unique design the TV tower is open all week to those who dare to go up the 75 metres. From here you sense that the city has been designed and that it hasn't developed naturally. If you take a good look, you'll see how Brasilia is shaped like a bow and arrow.
Aparados da Serra National park (Brazil)
This national park lies in the southernmost part of Brazil and is accessible from Porto Alegere in the constituent state Rio Grande do Sul. The main attraction in the park is Canyon do Itaimbézinho, a deep gorge with steep rock walls as well as two waterfalls which rush down this giant gorge in Mother Earth. Also Canyon da Fortaleza can take the breath away from anybody. This almost one-kilometre deep gorge stretches more than 30 kilometres through the park's magnificent landscape. If you raise your eyes from the vertiginous abyss, you'll have an unforgettable view over the sea.
Carnival in Brazil: (Brazil)
If you have once experienced a carnival in Brazil, you will be marked for life by the crazy boost of power, which this mayhem causes. Everything explodes in dance and music and a whole nation stands still and enters another dimension for a while. The carnival in Rio is the most famous and without doubts the most beautiful and flamboyant. In Bahia the carnival is something, which involves everybody, also the ones who have just come to watch. Olinda near Recife also has a marvellous carnival and several of the islands off the coast also turn into carnival-oases in the Atlantic. The historical cities in Minas Gerais also celebrate carnival, not quite as madly wild as the cities on the coast, however.

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