If youâ€™re wondering â€œWhatâ€™s Brazil like?â€, I have a small part of your answer. Itâ€™s a big country, and I was only in one city – Curitiba – for seven days. But Iâ€™ll give you some ideas for at least a segment of any future trip to Brazil.
Brazil in a Word: Stylish
From the way people dress to the architecture to the dining, Brazil – if it matches Curitiba – is stylish. Thereâ€™s a European flair to the architecture and streets with the occasional outburst of wild modern architecture and abundance of cool cobblestones.
Youâ€™ve probably heard horror stories about slums in other cities. Well, I donâ€™t know what is going on in Curitiba, but it also has a prosperous flair and a very safe vibe. I roamed the streets all hours of the day. People arenâ€™t as quick to make eye contact or say hello as in, say, Australia. But they donâ€™t bother each other, either.
You can get some detailed notes about Curitiba in my earlier post about the city. Itâ€™ll tell you all about some great highlights like the craft beer scene (Iâ€™d go as far as to call it the Portland of Brazil just based on the regional craft beer).
Things to Remember
Just one city in seven days makes me even less-than-qualified to answer â€œWhatâ€™s Brazil Like?â€. But I can say with authority that Curitiba has a lot going for it. It makes me think Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo are getting too high a billing as Brazilâ€™s highlights.
Before traveling to Brazil, you might want to think about hepatitis B and typhoid vaccines, but I skipped the yellow fever vaccines since it wasnâ€™t recommended for travel to Curitiba at the time.
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