....And on the eighth day He created football, carnival, samba and bossa nova. He created the beaches of the Nordeste, like a necklace of white pearls, fringed delicately with palm trees, and pounded endlessly and rhythmically by the foaming waves, whipped into a frenzy by the sea goddess Iemanjá.
From the elegant and stylish beaches of Rio de Janeiro, and Paraty to the popular and colourful Pelourinho (the baroque architectural treasure of old Bahia), four-fifths of Brazil’s 170 million people shun the untamed heartlands of Amazonia, The Pantanal and Mato Grosso, preferring to live by the ocean, where evening dress goes hand in hand with beachwear, revellers mix with surfers and joggers, all shaking and moving as one amidst the hustle and bustle of the seashore. They congregate near the beaches at all hours of the day and night – it’s the “in” place to be! Beira Mar (the shoreline) is the most comfortable, the cleanest, the best policed and the most expensive - in short, a tropical paradise on the edge of the inferno of the over-populated conurbations.
Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world, covering half the surface of South America. Here everyone can find his or her Eldorado, be it the verdant inferno of the Amazonian forest, the vast swamps of the Pantanal, home to hundreds of animal species, the waterfalls of Iguaçu or the wonderful beaches of the coastline - yes, on the eighth day He created Brazil!