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An Expat's Guide through South America


Brazil’s size is an imposing geographic and physical force in South America, making up the majority of the population in the Southern Hemisphere. Its culture is vibrant, diverse and deeply complex - ranging from the ubiquitous samba songs to the daily gunfire heard in Rio’s favelas. Its dichotomy gives the country its own unique flair, one that you have to experience for yourself at least once in your life.


Rio is Brazil’s cultural capital, home to a diverse range of activities that will overwhelm even the most seasoned traveler. The city is famous for the bustling beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, but also houses the world’s largest urban rainforest. While packed to the brim with tourists any time of year, you’ll find that cariocas, or Rio’s locals, will be front and center at every samba club on any given night of the week.