Brazil States and Regions

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    Most foreigners know little about the geography of Brazil. There was a famous event when US President George W. Bush was flying over Brazil on his way to Brasilia. Journalists on the plane heard him say "wow, Brazil is big!" after they had been flying over it for a few hours. Everyone on milepoint shoul;d know more.

    Here, then are the twenty six States of Brazil grouped into their regions:[​IMG]
     
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    Amapá is sparsely populated but is interesting because much of the state is well preserved Amazon Forest. It is not developed much. The capitol city is notable to those of us on milepoint because the airport MCP is the only airport in the world that straddles the equator horizontally. As you take off or land one side of the aircraft is in the Southern Hemisphere and the other in the Northern. I flew there in my own plane just so I could do that. :
    Macapá, capital city of Amapá, Brazil

    Area: 6407 km2
    Population: 318.761 inhabitants (estimative 2003)

    Being part of Amazonia, the capital of Amapá is a stopping off point for migrating birds, which join the local flamingos, toucans, ibises, sea and river turtles, giant alligators, manatees, ant eaters and armadillos which make up the rich fauna of the region and lend special colouring to the green of the forest. In Macapá, the waters of the Amazon river bathe on the beaches of Fazendinha and Araxá, which afford very good bathing.

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    Bisected by the Equator, Macapá retains some of the history of the region in its monuments. One of these is Sao Jose Fort, at the entrance to the city. Completed in 1782 after 18 years of labour by Indians and slaves, the Fort is an example of French influence on the culture of the area and one of the best preserved military monuments in Brazil.

    The history of Amapá is also represented in the Church of Sao Jose de Macapá, which dates from 1761. It is the oldest monument in the city and is built in the sternest colonial style of the Jesuits. At the Casa do Artesão ceramics coated in manganese and indigenous art can be purchased as souvenirs. The beauty of indigenous artefacts can be seen in the weapons made from local wood and the variety of utensils and ornaments made with the teeth and bones of animals, feathers of birds, seeds and natural fibres.

    Read more:
    Macapá - Amapá General information on Macapá and Amapá. Includes a good collection of photos, starting from http://www.macapa-ap.com.br/left/fotos1.html


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    Rio Grande do Sul is the furthest South in Brazil. In addition it is the best developed in terms of human resources and has many good tourist spots, not least of which is the center of Brazil's wine industry:

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    The best known of the tourist-oriented places in Rio Grande do Sul are the cities of Gramado, Bento Gonçalves and Garibaldi. The wiki on this area is decent:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bento_Gonçalves,_Rio_Grande_do_Sul

    Bento Gonçalves has many wineries, almost all of which have tours and some of which have excellent small hotels. Nearby Grimaldi is the center of Brazilian sparking wine production including Adolfo Lona, who is an Argentine who came to Grimaldi to start his own production after years with an industry leader in Europe: http://www.adolfolona.com.br/
    The Garibaldi site is Portuguese only but shows where the producers are:
    http://www.garibaldi.rs.gov.br/a-cidade/rotas-turisticas/rota-dos-espumantes/
    An exceptional producer of tiny volumes of superb wines is Bettu. They are hard to fine but have a delightful assortment and sell their products in the same manner that small northern Italian families have long done. They are worth a special trip, but they probably do not speak English. italian or Portuguese do work. You must telephone for an appointment first.
    http://www.cartolaconteudo.com.br/uploads/2009/10/Página-4.pdf
     

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