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.

Valdeir Rodrigues
Cerrado Goiano Go341
Valdeir Rodrigues
Panoramic view of the cerrado
Charles Evans
Royal Jardins Alameda Jaú - São Paulo - Brazil
Alex Rezende
Fazenda no São Bento
J-P. Scherrer
Espaco Cultural Jose Lins do Rego
rogerio orion
imagens de laranjeiras
J-P. Scherrer
Tambaba Beach #1, near Joao Pessoa, Paraiba, Brazil
J-P. Scherrer
Tambaba Beach #2, near Joao Pessoa, Paraiba, Brazil
Alex Rezende
Por do Sol na torre em 360º
rogerio orion
Paramotor laranjeiras do sul
Luciano Correa | Vista Panoramica
Mountain Bike no Morro do Moreno
Luciano Correa | Vista Panoramica
Vista Panoramica Office in Campos do Jordão SP Brazil
Luciano Correa | Vista Panoramica
On summit of Pedra do Bau
Luciano Correa | Vista Panoramica
Pedra do Bau, this is the end of climbing Teto do Bico
Luciano Correa | Vista Panoramica
Pedra do Bau route for rock climbing
Luciano Correa | Vista Panoramica
Pedra do Bau rock climbing in the route Normal
Lutalivre
Emile Duijker
Art museum in Niteroi, Rio de janeiro
Emile Duijker
Art museum in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro
Luciano Correa | Vista Panoramica
Acqua Raid in Gonçalves MG