The 30 Most Fun and Interesting Brazil Facts You Didn’t Know

The Brazilian flag
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Written by Kayeleen Parsons

Published: October 23, 2023

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Brazil embodies a blend of vibrant colors, enticing flavors, and captivating sounds where an immense love for life and an unwavering passion for celebration prevail. Being placed as the fifth largest country in the world, Brazil consistently exceeds expectations by offering a multitude of diverse experiences. From the depths of the Amazon rainforest to the sun-kissed shores of Copacabana. And, of course, how can one forget about the infectious energy of Carnival? Well, dear readers, it’s time to mix up a caipirinha and get into the spirit of unveiling the most fun and interesting facts you didn’t know about Brazil.

The History of Brazil

Brazil’s journey as a colony commenced in 1500 with the arrival of Pedro Álvares Cabral. Over the course of 300 years, Brazil was under Portuguese rule, where wants and needs exploited the country’s rich resources such as sugar, gold, and diamonds. This era also brought forth the institution of slavery, which left an imprint on Brazil’s people and way of life.

Brazil gained its independence from Portugal on September 7, 1822, under the leadership of Dom Pedro I. This event marked the commencement of the Brazilian Empire. Resulting in Brazil undergoing societal and political changes. Furthermore, including the abolition of slavery in 1888.

In 1889, Brazil transitioned to a republic, marking the end of its monarchy. At first, there was political instability, but Brazil continued to gain economic growth. In addition, the 1900s brought forth transformations of the Old Republic in the expansion of industrialization, urbanization, and the rise and fall of political views. Besides all these drastic changes, Brazil gained recognition for its renowned coffee exports.

Furthermore, Brazil reached prestigious milestones throughout the 20th century, where the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the highly anticipated 2016 Summer Olympics took place.

Brazil’s Geography

Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon rainforest is home to one third of the planet’s land animal and plant species.


The shape of Brazil resembles a triangle and its situated on the eastern side of the continent. This is where it shows off an enormous coastline stretching for approximately 4,500 miles along the Atlantic Ocean. Additionally, Brazil shares borders with every American country except Chile and Ecuador.

When it comes to Brazil’s landscape, it offers a multitude of natural wonders. In particular, the northern region of the Amazon, which happens to be the largest jungle in the world. These terrains hold expansive wetlands, grasslands, and forests, further displaying its endless beauty.

Furthermore, surrounding Brazil’s dense vegetation is the Amazon River. What makes this river unique is that it consists of plenty of waterways that span a total distance of 4,250 miles. Nevertheless, these waters should be entered with caution, as hidden beneath its depths lurks a dangerous creature known as the piranha.

Some legendary Landmarks of Brazil

Christ the Redeemer, Corcovado, Alto da Boa Vista, Grande Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

People from all around the world visit Christ the Redeemer statue and admire breathtaking views of the bustling city below.

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One of the most iconic landmarks of Brazil is the statue of Christ the Redeemer. People from all around the world visit this monumental statue and admire breathtaking views of the bustling city below. Also, these sacred grounds are located at the very top of Rio de Janeiro, where it takes around 2-3 hours to hike up its steep mountain.

Beautiful aerial view of Iguazu Falls from the helicopter ride - One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World - Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil

Iguaçu Falls is one of the largest waterfall systems in the world.

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Another well-known landmark is Iguazu Falls, which comprises 275 individual falls that spread over a 2-mile radius. Therefore, forming one of the world’s most impressive waterfall systems.

On the other hand, the Pantanal offers an incredible destination for wildlife lovers. These tropical wetlands contain jaguars, capybaras, and a vast range of exotic birds that may be seen close up in their natural environment.

In addition, Ouro Preto is a city with historical significance of Baroque architecture and well-preserved colonial structures that transport visitors back in time. Its charming cobblestone streets and intricate churches make it a UNESCO World Heritage Site that brings Brazil’s history to life.

Lastly, the opera house that stands in Teatro Amazonas in Manaus consists of a lavish Belle Époque design and hosts various cultural performances that highlight the country’s artistic heritage.

Brazil’s Culture

The heart of Brazilian culture resembles the rhythm of music and dance. Its music culture lies in the genres of samba, bossa nova, and forró. The sound of music brings out these joyous moments, where the community comes together, lets loose, and celebrates Brazilian culture. Moreover, The Brazilian way of life is characterized by warmth and hospitality, which further emphasizes their welcoming spirit.

In addition, cuisine is another integral part of Brazilian culture. Each meal represents a mixture of regional flavors and traditions that hail from Portuguese, Japanese, and West African influences. These include pork and black bean stew (Feijoada), filled-crust pie (Empadão), and sweet porridge (Canjica).

Fun Facts about Brazil

1.The Amazon is the world’s largest tropical rainforest. These forests cover 7.8-8.2 million square km’s of the country’s land.

2. The Amazon River ranks as the world’s longest river.

3. Brazil’s national dish is a hearty black bean stew with pork called the Feijoada.

4. Each year, an annual event of colorful Carnival celebrations is hosted in Rio de Janeiro, marking the start of Lent.

5. Brazil has won the FIFA World Cup five times, therefore making the country famous for its football.

6. The Amazon carries unique animal species, including jaguars, pink river dolphins, and poison dart frogs.

Blue Poison Dart frog Dendrobates azureus at Bristol Zoo, England.

The Amazon carries a unique animal species called the Poison Dart frog.

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7. The statue of Christ the Redeemer situated in Rio de Janeiro is renowned as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

8. The waterfalls known as the Iguazu Falls, located on the Argentina border are considered among the most magnificent.

9. Brazil used to be under colony rule, and consequently, its official language was set to be Portuguese.

10. Capoeira is a mixture of dance and acrobatics characterized in the form of martial arts.

11. The giant anteater is a captivating creature to Brazil, possessing a tongue that can stretch up to two feet in length.

Coffee grounds

Brazil is celebrated for its exceptional quality coffee beans.

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12. Brazil holds the title of being the worlds producer of coffee, celebrated for its exceptional quality coffee beans.

13. Genres of music ranging from bossa nova to samba have widely impacted the global music scene.

14. Rio de Janeiros Copacabana and Ipanema beaches are popular destinations that attract many tourists from across the globe.

15. The culture of Brazil is a blend of influences from African, European, and Asian backgrounds.

Family of otters in the Brazilian Pantanal

Tropical wetland areas of Brazil displays an array of wildlife, including giant otters.


16. The Pantanal, which is the tropical wetland area of Brazil, displays an astonishing array of wildlife. This includes caimans, giant otters, and marsh deer.

17. In Brazil, they use sugarcane crops for producing both ethanol and sugar.

18. Açaí berries, which originate from the Amazon rainforest, are utilized in creating açaí bowls. This fruit releases antioxidants and regulates blood sugar levels.

19. The flag of Brazil has a labeled green background and a vibrant yellow diamond positioned at its center. Within this diamond, you will see a blue globe embellished with twenty-seven dazzling stars.

20. The Brazilian Highlands encompass a rugged plateau area located in the interior of the country.

The nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus), also known as the nine-banded long-nosed armadillo or common long-nosed armadillo. Dasypodidae family. Near Mamori Lake, Amazonas, Brazil.

You can discover a vulnerable species, the giant


, in the Cerrado area of Brazil.


21. You can discover a vulnerable species, the giant armadillo, in the Cerrado area of Brazil.

22. The Maracanã Stadium that’s located in Rio de Janeiro is viewed as a legendary football arena.

23. Brigadeiro is a Brazilian treat that one crafts using condensed milk, cocoa powder, and a sprinkle of chocolate on top.

24. In Brazil, people joyfully celebrate the Festa Junina by indulging in meals made from corn and engaging in lively square dances.

Golden Lion Tamarin on tree branch.

The Golden


Tamarin is an endangered species that lives in Brazil.


25. A brightly colored orange monkey, known as the golden lion tamarin is home to Brazil’s Atlantic Forest.

26. The São Francisco Church in Salvador is famous for its baroque design and ornate golden interior, often known as the Church of Gold.

27. The Serra do Espinhaço is a mountain range that extends throughout Brazil, there one can find exceptional plant and animal life.

28. The national park called Chapada Diamantina is truly remarkable, as it exhibits plateaus, canyons, and caves. Therefore, providing options for hiking and thrilling adventures.

Group of hikers in Vale do Pati (Paty Valley), Chapada Diamantina National Park, Bahia, Brazil

There are various guided hiking and 4×4 tours available in Chapada Diamantina.

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29. Brazil has a track record in volleyball competitions, with both men’s and women’s teams achieving great success and earning numerous Olympic gold medals.

30. In parts of Brazil, they have festivals that celebrate the supply of tropical fruits such as mangoes, guavas, and cashews.

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About the Author

Kayeleen Parsons is a writer at A-Z Animals that thoroughly enjoys writing about animals of all types. She has a love for many animals, but her Cocker Spaniel dog holds a special place in her heart. In addition to being a writer, she's also an English teacher, sharing her knowledge to help her students become excellent in the language and literature. When she's not busy writing, Kayeleen enjoys reading and spending quality time with her family in her homeland of Cape Town.

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