We’ve all sat glued to the television for the last couple of weeks as our sports men and women perform amazing feats in Brazil. We know a bit more about Copacabana Beach and Sugarloaf Mountain now but what do we really know about the largest country in South America?
A few facts
The name Brazil comes from the brazilwood tree.
Brazil is the only country in South America that speaks Portuguese.
The capital city is Brasilia (not Rio), while the largest city is Sao Paulo
Brazil has a large coastline on the eastern side of South America, stretching 7491 kilometres (4655 miles) in length.
Brazil covers 3 time zones.
Around 60% of the Amazon rainforest is located in Brazil where the climate is tropical.
Brazil is home to a wide range of animals, including armadillo, tapirs, jaguars and pumas.
Football is the most popular sport in Brazil with the national team consistently among the best in the world, winning the World Cup a record 5 times.
Dressing with Rio Style
Flamboyant style, colour, dancing and tropical heat are the main influences in Rio.
Bright colours are the order of the day, and while you don’t have to dress for a carnival every day, the fashion tends towards showing a lot of skin. At least they have the weather for it!
- Bikinis, beach shirts and Bermuda shorts are on trend for the Rio beaches.
- Gauchos, or Southern Brazilian cowboys, wear baggy “bombacha” trousers and ponchos, along with wide-brimmed straw hats.
- Vaqueiros, Northeastern cowboys are known for their leather chaps and coats.
- In the Amazon, indigenous populations, eg the Kayapo tribe, can be recognised by their extravagant styles of dress, with feathers, beads and body painting.
Brazilian style, the Green Tulip way!
So if you are tempted to adopt a bit of Brazilian style while watching the goings on in Rio we can give you a few suggestions.
For a bright and colourful look, we love our sequinned pineapple and coral leaf print Lua bags.
Shopping will feel like a trip to the Brazil markets with our tropical Envirosax shopping bags.
Why should the little ones miss out on Rio style? They can maraca to the samba with our Plan Toys pineapple maraca!
Or if you just fancy a taste of Brazil, look at our Fresh and Fruity Gift Set, with acai, pomegranate, coconut and vanilla flavours and scents.