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107 Books From Around The World I Want To Read Before I Die

Read the ultimate world reading guide by Ewa Zubek, The Culture Trip's Director of Editorial & Social Media.

The Top Spots To Explore At Chapada dos Veadeiros In Brazil

Right in the middle of Brazil, there lies a natural paradise called Chapada dos Veadeiros. Discover the top spots to explore at Chapada dos Veadeiros.

The 12 Best Carnivals Around The World

Plan where you'll party this year with this list of the 12 best carnivals around the world.

The 12 Movies To Watch In 2016

With the new year in full swing, here is a list of some of the films you should keep an eye out for in 2016.

The 15 Most Extravagant Cities In The World

Check out our list of the 15 most extravagant cities in the world!

10 New Year's Eve Traditions Around The World

We look into the diverse, and sometimes rather odd, ways in which cultures around the world usher in the New Year.

The Best French Restaurants In Rio De Janeiro

Got a craving for French food in Rio de Janeiro? Here's our list of where to find the best.

The 5 Best Cocktail Bars in Rio de Janeiro

A list of the best cocktail bars Rio de Janeiro has to offer.

11 Massive Religious Monuments That Will Blow Your Mind

Discover the 11 most impressive, monumental religious statues, from Buddhist to Christian places of worship, around the world.

12 Languages That Could Be Extinct In 10 years

In a perfect world, we would be wrong about every single one of these.

The 10 Most Beautiful Towns in Brazil

You could spend an entire year exploring all that Brazil has to offer, but for those short on time, here are ten great towns to start you off.

The Top 10 Latin American Feminist Writers

We take a look at ten Latin American writers who have influenced Latin American feminism through their works.

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Brazil Art + Artists

The 10 Best Brazilian Accounts To Follow On Instagram

The Culture Trip’s selection of 10 brilliant Brazilian Instagram accounts that you should most definitely be following.

The Brutally Provocative Art Brut Of Henry Darger

Get acquainted with the controversial life and work of Art Brut artist Henry Darger.

Art in Rio de Janeiro: The 9 Best Contemporary Art Galleries & Spaces

Our guide to the best places in dynamic Rio de Janeiro to see stunning art by innovative contemporary artists.

Art Lover's Guide to São Paulo: Top 10 Galleries & Art Spaces

Sao Paulo is a paradise for art lovers. From graffiti-filled streets to museums that rival the Tate Modern in London, these are the top 10 contemporary galleries.

Campana Brothers | Brazil's Most Famous Design Team

We discover more about the meteoric rise to fame of Brazil’s most famous designing duo.

Creating the World’s Most Beautiful Staircase

Read about the artist behind Rio de Janeiro’s Escadaria Selarón – Jorge Selarón, who dedicated his life to creating the world’s most stunning staircase.

How Candido Portinari Combined Brazilian Politics and Post-War Art

Find out how Brazilian popular hero Candido Portinari overcame poverty to become one of the country’s leading politicians, writers and artists.

Brazil's Four Female Artists the World Should Know About

Read about women artists in Brazil, for whom contemporary performance, installation, painting and sculpture hold the key to free expression.

Brazil's Top 10 Photographers You Should Know

Take a look at ten photographers capturing 20th century Brazil during economic boom, drug violence, rainforest destruction and the people’s unending resilience.

Bahia Culture | Salvador’s Top Contemporary Art Galleries And Museums

Join us on a tour of Salvador de Bahia’s best contemporary art galleries and museums showcasing the best of Brazilian and Latin American art.

The 10 Best Contemporary Artists from Brazil

Read about the most exciting Brazilian artists and their role in the global contemporary art scene, and see which galleries in Brazil host their works

The Dazzling Sculptures of Inhotim | Belo Horizonte's Art Garden

Discover Inhotim, Brazil’s stunning open-air collection of contemporary art, unique for its beautiful location near Belo Horizonte and irresistible charm.

Brazil Food + Restaurants

The Best French Restaurants In Rio De Janeiro

Got a craving for French food in Rio de Janeiro? Here's our list of where to find the best.

The 5 Best Cocktail Bars in Rio de Janeiro

A list of the best cocktail bars Rio de Janeiro has to offer.

The Best Beach Bars In Fortaleza

Enjoy a Brazilian beer or cocktail at one of these bars on Fortaleza's scenic beaches.

The Best Restaurants In Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro

We take a look at some of the best places to eat and drink in the gorgeous neigborhood of Santa Teresa, Rio.

A Foodie Guide To São Paulo

New to São Paulo? Then read our foodie guide with top tips on the best places to eat.

The Top 10 Brunch Spots In Rio de Janeiro

Here's our guide to the best brunch spots you just can't miss during your trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

10 Top Brazilian Cocktails To Try Before You Die

We taste-test ten of Brazil’s most lip-smacking cocktails, ranging from the classic caipirinha to more rustic home brews, all inspired by the country’s diverse landscape and infused with vibrant national spirit.

The Best Wine Bars in Rio de Janeiro

Lot's of beaches, vibrant culture and plenty of South American red wine – Rio has them all. We pick the 5 best wine bars in town.

The Best Seafood Restaurants in Sao Paulo

Check out our guide to find out where to get the best seafood in the huge city of Sao Paulo.

The 5 Best Rooftop Bars in Sao Paulo

Fantastic views of the city and drinks always go hand in hand - discover the best rooftop bars in Sao Paulo with our guide.

The Best Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Brasilia

Read our guide to the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants, cafés and eateries in Brazil's capital city, Brasília.

Where To Find the Best Burgers in Rio de Janeiro

The international burger trend is taking over Brazil - discover the best places to grab a bun and fries in Rio de Janeiro with our guide.

Brazil Design + Architecture

Sergio Rodrigues: The Icon Of Brazilian Furniture Design

We discover more about Sergio Rodrigues, the innovative icon of Brazilian design who brought the intricacies of nature into households worldwide.

Top 10 Brazilian Fashion Designers to Watch

Explore Brazil’s exciting fashion with our guide to ten of the most innovative Brazilian fashion designers and brands you should know right now.

The Spirit of Contemporary Brazilian Design: 10 Best Designers

Read about the styles, techniques and ideas behind Brazilian design in our guide to Brazil’s ten best contemporary designers and studios.

Brazil Profile


This ex-Portuguese colony is the 5th largest country in the world and the only American country with Portuguese as its official language. Almost half of the country is covered by the immense Amazon rainforest which is under constant threat of exploitation. This has become an international issue due to the rainforest’s function as a regulator of the climate and the thousands of species of animals and plants which live within the rainforest. In spite of having one of the most powerful economies in Latin America and being one of the emergent global economies, Brazil is still characterized by its economic inequality and the wide gap between the rich and the poor.

Brazil is currently for the first time in its history ruled by a woman, Dilma Rousseff, who fought with the underground resistance during the military dictatorship in 1964 and who was captured and jailed for three years, but who was also the favoured successor of ex-president Lula, one of the most admired figures in Latin American politics. He started social programs like Bolsa Familia and Fome Zero, to eradicate hunger and to help improve the harsh social conditions of cities like Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo where a third of the population lives in favelas, or slums. This reality is portrayed in the film City of God directed by Fernando Meirelles. Anselmo Duarte’s The Prayer of Promises, which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, also offers a glimpse of poverty in Brazil and how it relates to religion.

Regarding its literature, Brazil has given us many important writers such as Clarice Lispector, who belonged to the ‘Generation of â 45 group of Brazilian modernists; her most famous novels are The Passion According to G.H. and The Hour of the Star. NÃlida PiÃn is also a widely recognized Brazilian writer who won the Spanish Pa­ncipe de Asturias Prize for her work which is based in reality, memory and also fantasy and dreams’. Her most famous novel is The Republic of Dreams, a book about her grandparent’s immigration from Spain to Brazil. But Paulo Coelho is by far the most successful Brazilian novelist. He is the bestselling Portuguese author of all time, and has sold more than 100 million books in over 150 countries worldwide; his works have also been translated into 71 languages. The Alchemist, Veronica Decides to Die or Brida are all examples of his work, which mixes reality, spirituality and magic.