By Nicole Hoey
As the largest country in South America, Brazil has plenty to offer in terms of culture, food and fun. Check out these interesting facts to learn more about Brazil!
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- The country’s name comes from a native plant called the Brazilwood tree!
- The Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2017. The statue stretches almost 125 feet high and weighs 635 tons.
- Carnival, a major festival held before Ash Wednesday, practically shuts down the entire country. Over 2 million people party in the streets each day.
- Brazil’s national dish is feijoada, a stew that includes beans, beef and pork.
- The Copacabana beach, well-known thanks to its beautiful scenery and a catchy song, is also the site of the largest concert in history. 3.5 million people came to see Rod Stewart there in 1994.
- The Amazon Rainforest, located in northern Brazil, has the great biodiversity on the planet. Around 45,000 species live among the great rivers and the thick trees there, making it a hotspot for all animal and plant life.
- Speaking of the Amazon, there are over 100 tribes within the jungle that have never had contact with outside civilization!