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Robb, who spent 20 years in Brazil, explores four centuries of Brazilian history, while detailing his own modern-day travels, creating a compelling portrait of the country. Accommodations & Food Your tourist dollar can go a long way to supporting the country if you choose your accommodations carefully. Stay clear of chain hotels and all-inclusive resorts in Brazil’s larger cities and beach towns. These chains are often owned by foreign investors who take all profit out of the country. And the battered hotels in town are rarely a good investment – the staff are usually underpaid, the buildings are a health inspector’s nightmare and profits are siphoned off to fund less-than-salubrious activities.
Trip shows you Brazil’s many charms from its nightlife to its wildlife with a survey of pristine islands, storybook towns, steamy jungles and more. To really do the country justice, you’ll need six months or a year. On this epic trip you’ll experience the rhythm-infused towns of the Northeast, the jungles of the Amazon and the biodiversity of the Pantanal, with beaches, tropical islands and historic towns thrown into the mix. From São Paulo, head east to Rio, stopping at glorious beaches such as Ubatuba, Trindade and Paraty-Mirim before reaching Rio (p121).
The majority were bilingual in Portuguese and Tupi-Guarani, born of Portuguese fathers and Indian mothers. They benefited from both Indian survival techniques and European weaponry. By the mid-17th century they had journeyed as far as the peaks of the Peruvian Andes and the Amazon lowlands. It was the exploits of these discoverers that stretched Brazil’s borders to their current extent. In 1750, after four years of negotiations with the Spanish, their conquests were secured. The Treaty of Madrid handed over 6 million sq km to the Portuguese and put Brazil’s western borders more or less where they are today.