Brazil

Here's your soundtrack. Okay, maybe they're not exactly brazillian but their music is awesome and their live shows legendary.

Now, Brazil covers almost half of South America and its Amazon rainforest is the world's largest jungle... which is rapidly getting cut down. The country is basically one giant botanical garden with some bangin' cities on its edges.

Brazil was colonized in 1808 by the royal court of Portugal, which was fleeing Napolean's troops. They didn't stay long, and Brazil won its independence in 1822.

Its biggest city, Sao Paulo, is the financial hub of South America. Brazil is the "b" in BRIC -- Brazil, Russia, India and China. These four were labeled the world's fastest developing large economies in the year 2001.

Brazil is known for three things: amazingly beautiful women, carnival, and Pele -- King of Football, Athlete of the Century, football ambassador of the world and a declared national treasure.

Brazillians can tell foreigners a mile away, by the way their hips move. Samba is built into the soul of brazil and carnival is when it bursts out into twenty-four hour undying explosions of sound on every street.

This picture of mask diving at the Taipus reefs makes me shed hot and salty tears all over my calendar, which is set on "January" right now.

Text by Steve Smith.

Marcio Dufranc Photography
Av. Norte Sul, Campinas SP, Brasil
Ricardo Monteiro
Zen Backwoods Waterfalls 15k
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Av Jose de Souza Campos, Campinas SP, Brasil
Marcio Cabral
Raizama Rappel
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Praça Ralph Stettinger, Campinas SP, Brasil
Rafael Linetzky Sotto Maior
Ibirapuera Park - São Paulo
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Pousada Paralelo14
Jon Tojek
Rio Olympic Stadium02 João Havelange - Tojek_VFX
Marcio Cabral
Santa Barbara Waterfall Underwater
Marcio Cabral
Pousada Paralelo 14
Daniel da Costa Gomes Martins
Show da Ivete Sangalo em São Luís
Fernando Pinto
Carnaval 2009 - Circuito Barra, Filhos de Gandhy
Luciano Correa | Vista Panoramica
Salto na pista de Bike Park em São Roque
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Willy Kaemena
Cathedral (BSB)
Thiago Eriksson / Over Digital
Cachoeira Véu de Noiva - Urubici
Jucatulli
Setibapedra
Jucatulli
Casamento kassius e shaira
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Marco do descobrimento in Porto seguro
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Church near Santa Cruz de Cabrália