‘Brazil, lalala!’ Brazilian music, football, the exuberant carnival and famous beaches are well known all over the world. Brazil is an immense country with fascinating nature, with welcoming people that love to sing and dance. The official language, Portuguese, sounds melodious and is close to Spanish. Brazil is also a country with a lot of inequality, corruption and huge slums.
Beyond South America is very enthusiastic about Brazil and its lovely climate. We want to show that there is more to this country than eating coconuts on a palm beach, swimming with dolphins and dancing the samba.
We offer projects in a number of cities in Brazil. In Belo Horizonte, Foz do Iguacu and also in São Paolo.
Belo Horizonte, capital of the Minas Gerais state, is with 2.5 million inhabitants one of the bigger cities of Brazil. There’s a vibrant atmosphere and lots to do. Have a
look at a video that shows the city in 2014, especially made for the
World Cup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8FKPkwdb9k.
There’s not only football, of course, but also a stunning landscape, a beautiful city and a lot of culture. Belo Horizonte is named after the beautiful view you have in the city on the nearby mountains. Go take a look at Mirante do Mangabeiras, which offers a beautiful sight over the city.
Furthermore there is Praça do Papa: a square where the pope visiting Brazil celebrated mass in 1980, Centro Cultural Praça da Liberdade: a cultural centre Freedom Square, where independance from Portugal started, lead by Tiradentes, and Santa Teresa. In this neighborhood you can have a drink in the oldest bar in town, open since 1898. Near Belo Horizonte you can find the famous Inhotim contemporary art museum (which includes a botanical collection) and the old city Ouro Preto. Ouro Preto means black gold. This town, the centre of the gold rush in the 18th century, was the biggest city in America in 1730.
And then there is the friendly, welcoming nature of the people here. You might easily grow fond of Belo Horizonte.
Foz do Iguacu
Foz do Iguacu is a beautiful city in the South of Brazil. It attracts a lot of tourists and that makes perfect sense. If you’ve every seen the great movie The Mission, you’ll never forget these huge waterfalls. The Iguazu Falls are considered to be one of the new Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Which does justice to the sight. The Falls also have the largest hydroelectric power station of South America.
Another attraction to Foz is the pure air. Something you might take for granted, but is not so common in Brazil. It’s just great to live here. Apart from the falls there is much more to see, to visit and do. Like the Buddhist temple, the bird park or the Dreamland wax museum.
Not far from the city you’ll find a triple border point, where Brazil borders with Argentina and Paraguay. A lot of tourists and people from Foz go shopping in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay. Or they visit Puerto Iguazu, on the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls.