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
Marcio Cabral
Mysterious Lagoon 1
Marcio Cabral
Alto Paraíso at Magic Hour
Luciano Correa | Vista Panoramica
Praia da Ilha Prumirim em Ubatuba SP Brasil
Rogério Isidorio
Praia de Piuma durante a baixamar.
ALBANI RAMOS
FONTE DA MÃE D'AGUA
Marcio Cabral
Phantom Falls
Marcio Cabral
Municipal Balnearium
Luciano Correa | Vista Panoramica
Pedra e aventura ginasio de escalada indoor em taubate sao paulo brasil
Ederson Nunes
Viaduto na Avenida Borges de Medeiros - Boulevard Overpass
Ederson Nunes
Viaduto na Avenida Borges de Medeiros - Boulevard Overpass