Everything about Brazil is big. The biggest country in South America. Home to Sao Paulo, one of the biggest populated cities in the world. The country has the proud honor of the most winning FIFA World Cup football teams (or soccer if you are so inclined). The Rio de Janeiro Carnival is the mother of all parties and who could forget the The Girl from Ipanema? The Amazon rainforest, the largest in the world is situated in the north, while the eastern side on the Atlantic Ocean is lined with the world-famous beaches. And lucky enough to have more than one rainforest, Brazil is home to part of the Atlantic rainforest as well as the Pantanal wetlands, deemed the largest wetland on the planet. Finally, there is the huge wildlife. Big cat jaguars, big bird macaws and the giant river otter.
Without doubt, there is plenty to see and do if you plan a trip to Brazil. Regardless of what type of holiday you prefer, you are bound to find the right tour to match your expectations. Travel packages are tailored to fit the sights and scenes that are most interesting to the tourist. Whether it be learning about modern architecture, viewing the religious landmarks, boating to the Iguazú Falls, or being immersed in the cultural heritage of the people.
Nowadays, more and more tour operators are conscious of “responsible travel” meaning that wildlife, environments and habitat must be protected and conserved. It further means that the local peoples should be treated fairly and respectfully.
In this vein, we are going to talk about four ways to holiday in Brazil, discovering this stunning country all the while doing so in an eco-friendly or ethical manner.
#1 Walking Tours
We have noticed that several packages, especially in Buenos Aires and Santiago, focus on walking tours rather than using coaches, for the simple reason that using your own foot power is much more agreeable to the environment. The destructive footprint left by buses is not necessarily the way some people like to travel or sightsee. Of course, on long journeys, you will not be able to walk, but for the most part guided walking tours will be the norm. The other thing about walking is that you can move at the pace of the group, stopping to ask questions and really see things. Whizzing by in a vehicle, on the other hand, does not give anyone the real opportunity to learn anything.
#2 Three Masted Schooner
As the government imposes very strict rules in protected areas when it comes to tourism, travel companies are trying to find ways to guide people in these locations while adhering to the laws of conservation. One of the ways to do that is with boats that do not have motors or engines. The damage done by power boats is great in many places of the world. Thus, sailing boats, such as the three-masted schooner, are used to traverse areas in the Iguazú Falls National Park.
#3 Limited Numbers of Tourists
Another rule the government has set down is that certain areas which are protected and some even designated UNESCO sites are limited in how many people can visit. This is a huge benefit to travelers because the groups will be much more intimate, making your holiday more enjoyable and providing you will a real glimpse of the natural surroundings. You’ll receive more personal attention. But the other benefit to the location itself is that unlike other parts of the world where tourism has done great damage, these areas will remain relatively pristine. The motto “take nothing and leave nothing” really does fit. One of the places that has received continual accolades is the Caiman Ecological Refuge which promotes research and conservation.
#4 Jets Are Off-Limits
Fernando de Noronha Island has sought to keep the area as innocent and as much as a naïve paradise as you would ever find. This is the place to see large quantities of turtles, dolphins, sharks and the most pretty green waters. Needless to say, you can understand the trouble that would ensure if jets were allowed to land here. Additionally, when traveling to the island, a Environment Protection Tax is charged. If you are lucky enough to be one of the exclusive few who are permitted to visit, diving is absolutely awesome and thus, the reason for the marine biologists.
In this video, we learn about some history of some of the oldest places in Brazil.