This highly mixed people created a rich diverse culture. From the Capoeira, a kind of martial art created by the African slaves and very popular in northeast Brazil, to the Brazilian version of the German Oktoberfest in Blumenau, in the state of Santa Catarina. The variety is in the architecture, music, cuisine and even dress codes.

More important than anything, the diversity produced a people that are friendly, creative, and always ready to smile, despite the hard times that most of the population endures. Brazilians can dance, laugh and play no matter what. And just like Christ the Redeemer at the top Corcovado, in Rio, Brazilians will receive you with open arms.

Note: Although there is a high level of social injustice in Brazil, it has more to do with classes than with races. There was never the kind of segregation experienced by the black population in the United States. There were never segregated schools, bathrooms, restaurants or assigned places on the buses.

Another curiosity is that, an application form of any kind in the United States, aiming to trace back a person's ethnicity, is puzzling to Brazilians. Coming from a country with such diversity, it is very difficult to fit in any of the available "boxes".

Everything in Brazil seems larger than life. It has the world's wildest party, its greatest waterfall, its biggest wetlands, its mightiest river and its largest rain forest (and one of the most unique and diverse cultures on the planet). For travellers, Brazil's sheer size and variety can be overwhelming.

Diverse, vibrant, and full of unexpected wonders, Brazilian culture and its multifaceted infectious magic never fails to win the hearts of all who visit. It would be impossible in one visit to see all there is to see of Brazil's unparalleled beauty. It is a good idea to go prepared with background on the culture unique to the regions you plan to visit.

People usually think of Brazil as a tropical paradise with exotic Brazil property, and that local people are dancing and having fun all day long. Rio's Carnival has helped to develop that image. However, only Rio de Janeiro and the Northeast apply to that prototype. Brazilian culture is much more than that.