Capital: Brasília; Lufthansa does not offer flights to Brasília but to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo
Continent: South America
Population: 194 million
Size: 8.5 million square kilometres
Language: Brazilian Portuguese – alô!
Currency: Brazilian Real
National holiday: 7th September (Independence Day)
Whilst the sun is shining at the Copacabana in Rio and people are swimming in the sea, the Amazon Basin is in the middle of the rainy season and lots of rivers flood over. You can still visit the rainforest during this season, but boat trips are often high up in the tree tops because the water level is so high.
Brazil is well known for its carnival. Carnival is celebrated once a year with a colourful parade by the samba schools, who present their creative costumes. “Carnaval do rio” officially begins on the Friday before Ash Wednesday and lasts until the following Tuesday.