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Salvador, Bahia

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, April 10, 2011 at 13:00:39 :: Brazil

Salvador (Portuguese pronunciation: [sawvaˈdoʁ], Savior; historic name: São Salvador da Bahia de Todos os Santos, in English: "San Savior of All Saints' Bay") is the largest-city on the northeast coast of Brazil and the capital of the Northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia. Salvador is also known as Brazil's capital of happiness due to its easygoing population and countless popular outdoor parties, including its street carnival.

A beach outside São Salvador da Baía de Todos os Santos, Brazil


Salvador Facts:

1. The first of the amazing Salvador facts is that the Salvador population was 2.65 million in 2006, but the population of Salvador in terms of the general metropolitan area was actually 3.5 million. The Salvador city demographics in the same 2006 census also proved that the city has the highest percentage of individuals of African descent outside of Africa in the world at 80%.

2. The second of the amazing Salvador facts is that Salvador, or São Salvador da Baía de Todos os Santos meaning "Holy Savior of All Saints' Bay to give it it’s full name, is the third largest city in Brazil and actually has it’s own flag as a result. The Salvador flag is blue with a peace dove in the centre of it. Considering the laid back nature of the city’s population, this could not be more apt.

3. In terms of the cost of living Salvador has at the moment, it is still quite cheap. The tourism that the city attracts supplements local industry and pushes per capita income Salvador residents enjoy up. It was approximately $447 a month in the 1990s, but is no doubt higher now, thus making these Salvador facts put the Salvador population up with the most affluent in the country.

4. The fourth of the Salvador facts concerns the area of the city, which is 313 square kilometers. Within that area, you have a mixture of tourist attractions and nature, living in perfect harmony thanks to the policies of the local government. The environment is important to the local residents as well as the tourist trade, which is why there are various initiatives to clean up local water supplies.

5. The final of the Salvador facts concerns the carnival that occurs every year in the metropolitan area. Bahia principe music plays a big part in the lives of residents and tourists alike because the carnival is the biggest on the planet. The Samba and reggae music attracts over a million people every year. It is no wonder when you see just how much joy it brings people, and this is embodied in the nature of the city of Salvador.

Lacerda Elevator (Elevador Lacerda), inaugurated in 1873. Lacerda Elevator was planned and built by the businessman Antônio Francisco de Lacerda. The four elevator cages connect the 72 metres (236 ft) between the Thomé de Souza Square in the upper city, and the Cayru Square in the lower city, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.


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Rocinha Favela, Rio, Brazil

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Simon Laroche
, September 13, 2008 at 16:16:04 :: Brazil

Rocinha (literally, Portuguese for small ranch) is the largest favela in Brazil. It is located within the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro, between the districts of São Conrado and Gávea. It is built on a steep hillside overlooking the city, just one kilometer from the beach.

Rocinha, Rio's largest Favela with more than 130,000 inhabitants, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Although Rocinha is technically classified as a neighborhood, many still refer to it as a favela. It developed from a shanty town into an urbanized slum. Today, almost all the houses in Rocinha are made from concrete and brick. Some buildings are three and four stories tall and almost all houses have basic sanitation, plumbing, and electricity. Compared to simple shanty towns or slums, Rocinha has a better developed infrastructure and hundreds of businesses such as banks, drug stores, bus lines, cable television, including locally based channel TV ROC, and, at one time, a McDonalds franchise, though it has since closed. These factors help classify Rocinha as a Favela Bairro, or Favela Neighborhood.

The population of Rocinha is estimated to be anywhere from 60,000 to 150,000 though some believe more than 400,000 people live in the favela. It is the largest favela in Brazil and definitely one of the most highly developed in Latin America.

Favela 'street', Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The streets in a Favela are only small alleys between the houses.


As all favelas, Rocinha is controlled by the drug dealers gangs. Police has limited access, and everything is dealt with by the gangs. However, in their own interest, they keep everything quite inside the favela and try and make it as safe as possible for both inhabitants and visitors.

Want to visit a favela? You can!
Favela tour is an organisation which offers a visit of the Rocinha Favela. For having tried it, I can confirm that this is not a zoo-like package tourist tour, but instead a very interesting trip into the way of life of many Brazilians.

20% of Cariocas (Rio inhabitants) live in the favelas. There are more than 750 favelas in Rio.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, September 07, 2008 at 07:48:09 :: Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ("River of January", pronounced [ˈhiw dʒi ʒʌˈnejɾu] in Brazilian Portuguese, /ˈriːoʊ di ʒəˈnɛroʊ/ in English), is the second largest city of Brazil, behind São Paulo. The city is capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro. It was the capital of Brazil for almost two centuries, from 1763 to 1822 while it was a Portuguese colony and from 1822 to 1960 as an independent nation. It was the de facto capital of the Portuguese Empire from 1808 to 1821. Commonly known as just Rio, the city is also nicknamed A Cidade Maravilhosa, or "The Marvelous City".

Bay of Rio de Janeiro, and Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain), Brazil


Why this name?

Guanabara Bay was reached by Portuguese explorers in an expedition led by Portuguese explorer Gaspar de Lemos on January 20, 1502; hence Rio de Janeiro, "January River." There is a legend that the mariners named the place thus because they thought the mouth of the bay was actually the mouth of a river, but no experienced sailor would make that mistake. At the time, river was the general word for any large body of water.

And why Brazil?

When Portuguese explorers found these trees of a deep red hue inside on the coast of South America, they used the name pau-brasil to describe them. Pau is Portuguese for "wood", and brasil is said to have come from brasa, Portuguese for "ember". This name had been earlier used to describe a different species of tree which was found in Asia and other places and which also produced red dye; but the South American trees soon became the better source of red dye. Brazilwood trees were such a large part of the exports and economy of the land that the country which sprang up in that part of the world took its name from them and is now called Brazil.

Crowd at the Christ the Redeemer (O Cristo Redentor), statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


And now what?

Rio de Janeiro is famous for its natural settings, its Carnival celebrations, samba and other music, and hotel-lined tourist beaches, such as Copacabana and Ipanema, paved with decorated black and cream swirl pattern mosaics known locally as "pedra portuguesa". Some of the most famous local landmarks in addition to the beaches include the giant statue of Jesus, known as Christ the Redeemer ('Cristo Redentor') atop Corcovado mountain, which has recently been named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; Sugarloaf mountain (Pão de Açúcar) with its cable car; the Sambódromo, a giant permanent parade stand used during Carnival; and Maracanã stadium, one of the world's largest football stadiums.

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Minas Gerais, the Brazil

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Simon Laroche
, July 09, 2007 at 10:25:19 :: Brazil

Minas Gerais (pronounced IPA: [ˌminɐzʒeˈɾajs]) is one of the 26 states of Brazil, the second most populous and fourth largest by area in the federation. The capital is the city of Belo Horizonte, located near the central area.

Minas Gerais is in the west of the southeastern subdivision of Brazil, which also contains the states of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Espírito Santo. It borders on Bahia and Goiás (north), Mato Grosso do Sul (far west), the states of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro (south) and the state of Espírito Santo (east). It also shares a short boundary with the Brazilian Federal District.

São João del Rei - Minas Gerais - Brasil; Capital Brasileira da Cultura 2007


Minas Gerais was formed mainly by colonists who searched for veins of gold and gems, and later diamonds. (The name literally means general mines, a shortening from Minas dos Matos Gerais, or mines of the general woods, this being originally the hinterland to the incipient colonies of São Paulo dos Campos de Piratininga and São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro.)

Igreja de São Francisco de Assis - São João del Rei - Minas Gerais, Brasil


Minas Gerais may be called the Profound Brazil by analogy with the France profonde. It has a distinctly more native flavour than cosmopolitan São Paulo, a more traditional slant than flashy Rio de Janeiro, and is more Portuguese than the South and São Paulo with their great influx of Italians and other Central Europeans, the North with its native Indians, or the Northeast with its heavy Afro-Brazilian influence. (Source Wikipedia)

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Recife, dangerous city?

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Simon Laroche
, December 10, 2006 at 10:00:40 :: Brazil

Recife, capital city of the State of Pernambuco, Brazil, is one of the largest cities in Brazil (it's the 9th city by population, with over 1,500,000 inhabitants)...

Recife (Portuguese for reef), River Capibaribe


A city of crime...

Recife is known nation-wide for being the most dangerous major city in the country. Its metropolitan area has a rate of 69,4 murders per 100.000 inhabitants, which is bigger than in much larger Brazilian cities, such as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, and more than twice the national average.

...and shark attacks!

In recent years, the number of shark attacks on the beaches of Recife has dramatically increased. Surfing has recently been outlawed on the urban beaches (Pina, Boa Viagem, Piedade, Candeias) because of the risk the sport poses.

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In The News

Iguazu Falls, Brazil

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, April 04, 2007 at 09:55:58

Panorama of the Iguazu Falls, waterfall system which consists of about 270 falls along 2.7 kilometres (1.67 miles) of the Iguazu River, BrazilShared by the Iguazú National Park (Argentina) and Iguaçu National Park (Brazil), situated 20 km from Puerto Iguazú in the north of Misiones province and near Foz do Iguaçu in the Brazilian state of Paraná, Iguazú Falls (Cataratas do Iguaçu) are shared by Brazil and Argentina.

Iguazu Falls, view of the Garganta del Diablo, devil's throat from the Brazilian side, BrazilIguazú Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazu River and one the most visited place in Argentina. They are divided by various islands into separate waterfalls. Among the best known are Devil's Throat, or Gargantua del Diablo (Garganta do Diabo in Portuguese), Salto Floriano, Salto Deodoro, Salto Benjamín Constant, Salto Unión, Salto Escondido, Salto Mitre, Salto Belgrano, Salto Rivadavia, Salto Tres Mosqueteros, Salto Dos Mosqueteros, Salto San Martín, Salto Adán y Eva, Salto Bozzetti, Salto Ramirez, Salto Chico, Salto Dos Hermanos and Salto Alvar Nuñez. The waterfall system consists of about 270 falls along 2.7 kilometers of the Iguazu River.

It was discovered in 1541 by Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca and established in 1984 as Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

UNESCO World Heritage

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, April 03, 2013 at 14:31:24

Location Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Coordinates S22 56 52 W43 17 29
Property 7,249 ha
Date of Inscription 2012

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1100 )

The site consists of an exceptional urban setting encompassing the key natural elements that have shaped and inspired the development of the city: from the highest points of the Tijuca National Park’s mountains down to the sea. They also include the Botanical Gardens, established in 1808, Corcovado Mountain with its celebrated statue of Christ, and the hills around Guanabara Bay, including the extensive designed landscapes along Copacabana Bay which have contributed to the outdoor living culture of this spectacular city. Rio de Janeiro is also recognized for the artistic inspiration it has provided to musicians, landscapers and urbanists.

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Crowd at the Christ the Redeemer Pao de Acucar, Sugarloaf Mountain

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Brazil, Sao Francisco Square in the Town of Sao Cristovao

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Simon Laroche
, April 03, 2013 at 14:23:12

Location São Cristóvão, Brazil
Coordinates S11 0 58 W37 12 36
Property 3.00 ha
Date of Inscription 2010

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1272 )

São Francisco Square, in the town of São Cristovão, is a quadrilateral open space surrounded by substantial early buildings such as São Francisco Church and convent, the Church and Santa Casa da Misericórdia, the Provincial Palace and the associated houses of different historical periods surrounding the Square. This monumental ensemble, together with the surrounding 18th- and 19th- century houses, creates an urban landscape which reflects the history of the town since its origin. The Franciscan complex is an example of the typical architecture of the religious order developed in north-eastern Brazil.

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Cross, Sao Francisco Square Church, Sao Francisco Square

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Brazil, Historic Centre of the Town of Goias

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Simon Laroche
, April 03, 2013 at 14:13:53

Location Goiás, State of Goiás, Brazil
Coordinates S15 55 59.808 W50 8 0.096
Property 40 ha
Date of Inscription 2001

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/993 )

Goiás testifies to the occupation and colonization of the lands of central Brazil in the 18th and 19th centuries. The urban layout is an example of the organic development of a mining town, adapted to the conditions of the site. Although modest, both public and private architecture form a harmonious whole, thanks to the coherent use of local materials and vernacular techniques.

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Boa Morte, Historic Centre of Goias Palacio Conde dos Arcos, Historic Centre of Goias

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Brazil, Cerrado Protected Areas: Chapada dos Veadeiros and Emas National Parks

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Simon Laroche
, April 03, 2013 at 14:04:29

Location Central Brazil Plateau, State of Goiás, Brazil
Coordinates S14 0 20.5 W47 41 4.6
Property 367,356 ha
Date of Inscription 2001

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1035 )

The two sites included in the designation contain flora and fauna and key habitats that characterize the Cerrado – one of the world’s oldest and most diverse tropical ecosystems. For millennia, these sites have served as refuge for several species during periods of climate change and will be vital for maintaining the biodiversity of the Cerrado region during future climate fluctuations.

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River, Emas National Park Canyon, Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park

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Brazil, Central Amazon Conservation Complex

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Simon Laroche
, April 03, 2013 at 13:52:37

Location State of Amazonas, Brazil
Coordinates S2 19 60 W62 0 30
Property 5,323,018 ha
Date of Inscription 2000

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/998 )

The Central Amazon Conservation Complex makes up the largest protected area in the Amazon Basin (over 6 million hectares) and is one of the planet’s richest regions in terms of biodiversity. It also includes an important sample of varzea ecosystems, igapó forests, lakes and channels which take the form of a constantly evolving aquatic mosaic that is home to the largest array of electric fish in the world. The site protects key threatened species, including giant arapaima fish, the Amazonian manatee, the black caiman and two species of river dolphin.

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River, Jau National Park

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Brazil, Historic Centre of the Town of Diamantina

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Simon Laroche
, April 03, 2013 at 13:43:41

Location Diamantina, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Coordinates S18 13 60 W43 36 0
Property 29 ha
Date of Inscription 1999

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/890 )

Diamantina, a colonial village set like a jewel in a necklace of inhospitable rocky mountains, recalls the exploits of diamond prospectors in the 18th century and testifies to the triumph of human cultural and artistic endeavour over the environment.

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Church, Historic Centre of Diamantina Church, Historic Centre of Diamantina

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Brazil, Discovery Coast Atlantic Forest Reserves

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Simon Laroche
, April 03, 2013 at 13:33:24

Location Atlantic Coast, states of Bahia and Espirito Santo, northeast Brazil, Brazil
Coordinates S16 30 0 W39 15 0
Property 111,930 ha
Date of Inscription 1999

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/892 )

The Discovery Coast Atlantic Forest Reserves, in the states of Bahia and Espírito Santo, consist of eight separate protected areas containing 112,000 ha of Atlantic forest and associated shrub (restingas). The rainforests of Brazil’s Atlantic coast are the world’s richest in terms of biodiversity. The site contains a distinct range of species with a high level of endemism and reveals a pattern of evolution that is not only of great scientific interest but is also of importance for conservation.

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River, Discovery Coast Atlantic Forest Reserves Stream, Discovery Coast Atlantic Forest Reserves

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Brazil, Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves

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Simon Laroche
, April 03, 2013 at 13:25:18

Location Atlantic coast, states of Parana and Sao Paolo, Brazil
Coordinates S24 10 0.012 W48 0 0
Property 468,193 ha
Date of Inscription 1999

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/893 )

The Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves, in the states of Paraná and São Paulo, contain some of the best and most extensive examples of Atlantic forest in Brazil. The 25 protected areas that make up the site (some 470,000 ha in total) display the biological wealth and evolutionary history of the last remaining Atlantic forests. From mountains covered by dense forests, down to wetlands, coastal islands with isolated mountains and dunes, the area comprises a rich natural environment of great scenic beauty.

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Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves

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Brazil, Historic Centre of Sao Luis

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Simon Laroche
, April 03, 2013 at 06:22:45

Location São Luís, Maranhão State, Brasil’s North-East Region, Brazil
Coordinates S2 30 51 W44 18 9
Date of Inscription 1997

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/821 )

The late 17th-century core of this historic town, founded by the French and occupied by the Dutch before coming under Portuguese rule, has preserved the original rectangular street plan in its entirety. Thanks to a period of economic stagnation in the early 20th century, an exceptional number of fine historic buildings have survived, making this an outstanding example of an Iberian colonial town.

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Sao Luis Cathedral Arthur Azevedo Theatre, Sao Luis

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Brazil, Brasilia

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Simon Laroche
, April 03, 2013 at 05:55:51

Location Brasilia, Brazil
Coordinates S15 46 59.988 W47 53 60
Date of Inscription 1987

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/445 )

Brasilia, a capital created ex nihilo in the centre of the country in 1956, was a landmark in the history of town planning. Urban planner Lucio Costa and architect Oscar Niemeyer intended that every element – from the layout of the residential and administrative districts (often compared to the shape of a bird in flight) to the symmetry of the buildings themselves – should be in harmony with the city’s overall design. The official buildings, in particular, are innovative and imaginative.

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Cathedral of Brasilia Juscelino Kubitschek bridge

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Brazil, Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas

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Simon Laroche
, April 03, 2013 at 05:47:08

Location State of Minas Gerais, City of Congonhas, Brazil
Coordinates S20 29 59 W43 51 28
Date of Inscription 1985

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/334 )

This sanctuary in Minais Gerais, south of Belo Horizonte was built in the second half of the 18th century. It consists of a church with a magnificent Rococo interior of Italian inspiration; an outdoor stairway decorated with statues of the prophets; and seven chapels illustrating the Stations of the Cross, in which the polychrome sculptures by Aleijadinho are masterpieces of a highly original, moving, expressive form of Baroque art.

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Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas

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Brazil, Historic Centre of the Town of Olinda

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Simon Laroche
, April 03, 2013 at 05:40:33

Location State of Pernambuco, North-East Region of Brazil
Coordinates S8 0 48 W34 50 42
Property 120 ha
Date of Inscription 1982

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/189 )

Founded in the 16th century by the Portuguese, the town’s history is linked to the sugar-cane industry. Rebuilt after being looted by the Dutch, its basic urban fabric dates from the 18th century. The harmonious balance between the buildings, gardens, 20 Baroque churches, convents and numerous small passos (chapels) all contribute to Olinda’s particular charm.

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Cathedral, Historic Centre of Olinda Church, Historic Centre of Olinda

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Brazil, Historic Town of Ouro Preto

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Simon Laroche
, April 03, 2013 at 05:33:50

Location State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Coordinates S20 23 20 W43 30 20
Date of Inscription 1980

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/124 )

Founded at the end of the 17th century, Ouro Preto (Black Gold) was the focal point of the gold rush and Brazil’s golden age in the 18th century. With the exhaustion of the gold mines in the 19th century, the city’s influence declined but many churches, bridges and fountains remain as a testimony to its past prosperity and the exceptional talent of the Baroque sculptor Aleijadinho.

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Tiradentes Square, Historic Town of Ouro Preto Church, Historic Town of Ouro Preto

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Argentina, Brazil, Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis: San Ignacio Mini, Santa Ana, Nuestra Senora de Loreto and Santa Maria Mayor (Argentina), Ruins of Sao Miguel das Missoes (Brazil)

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Simon Laroche
, March 11, 2013 at 05:41:09

Location State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; Province of Misiones, Argentina
Coordinates S28 32 36 W54 15 57
Date of Inscription 1983

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/275 )

The ruins of São Miguel das Missões in Brazil, and those of San Ignacio Miní, Santa Ana, Nuestra Señora de Loreto and Santa María la Mayor in Argentina, lie at the heart of a tropical forest. They are the impressive remains of five Jesuit missions, built in the land of the Guaranis during the 17th and 18th centuries. Each is characterized by a specific layout and a different state of conservation.

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Sao Miguel das Missoes San Ignacio Mini Nuestra Senora de Santa Ana

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Brazil, Brazilian Atlantic Islands: Fernando de Noronha and Atol das Rocas Reserves

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Simon Laroche
, July 07, 2011 at 07:06:55

Location Pernambuco and Rio Grande do Norte States, Brazil
Coordinates S3 51 28.6 W32 25 30.4
Property 42,270 ha
Date of Inscription 2001

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1000 )

Peaks of the Southern Atlantic submarine ridge form the Fernando de Noronha Archipelago and Rocas Atoll off the coast of Brazil. They represent a large proportion of the island surface of the South Atlantic and their rich waters are extremely important for the breeding and feeding of tuna, shark, turtle and marine mammals. The islands are home to the largest concentration of tropical seabirds in the Western Atlantic. Baia de Golfinhos has an exceptional population of resident dolphin and at low tide the Rocas Atoll provides a spectacular seascape of lagoons and tidal pools teeming with fish.

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Praia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha Beach, Rocas Atoll

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Brazil, Historic Centre of Salvador de Bahia

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Simon Laroche
, April 06, 2011 at 06:29:34

Location Salvador, Bahia State, north-east region of Brazil
Coordinates S12 58 0 W38 30 0
Date of Inscription 1985

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/309 )

As the first capital of Brazil, from 1549 to 1763, Salvador de Bahia witnessed the blending of European, African and Amerindian cultures. It was also, from 1558, the first slave market in the New World, with slaves arriving to work on the sugar plantations. The city has managed to preserve many outstanding Renaissance buildings. A special feature of the old town are the brightly coloured houses, often decorated with fine stucco-work.

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Historic Centre, Salvador Lacerda Elevator

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Brazil, Serra da Capivara National Park

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Simon Laroche
, March 09, 2010 at 04:19:17

Location Sud-est de Etat du Piaui – Communes de Sao Raimundo Nonato, Sao Joao do Piaui et Canto do Butriti, Brazil
Coordinates S8 25 0 W42 19 60
Date of Inscription 1991

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/606 )

Many of the numerous rock shelters in the Serra da Capivara National Park are decorated with cave paintings, some more than 25,000 years old. They are an outstanding testimony to one of the oldest human communities of South America.

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Rock drawings, Serra da Capivara National Park Holed Stone, Serra da Capivara National Park

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Brazil, Iguacu National Park

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Simon Laroche
, May 25, 2009 at 12:25:29

Location Paraná State, Brazil
Coordinates S25 40 59.988 W54 25 59.988
Type Natural
Property 170,086 ha
Date of Inscription 1986

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/355 )

The park shares with Iguazú National Park in Argentina one of the world’s largest and most impressive waterfalls, extending over some 2,700 m. It is home to many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna, among them the giant otter and the giant anteater. The clouds of spray produced by the waterfall are conducive to the growth of lush vegetation.

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Helicopter trip, Iguazu Falls Iguazu Falls Garganta del Diablo, Iguazu Falls

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Brazil, Pantanal Conservation Area

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Simon Laroche
, May 14, 2009 at 16:19:39

Location Southwest of the State of Mato Grosso and Northwest of the State of Mato Grosso do Sul, adjacent to the Brazil/Bolivian borders, Brazil
Coordinates S17 43 0.012 W57 22 59.988
Type Natural
Property 187,818 ha
Date of Inscription 2000

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/999 )

The Pantanal Conservation Complex consists of a cluster of four protected areas with a total area of 187,818 ha. Located in western central Brazil at the south-west corner of the State of Mato Grosso, the site represents 1.3% of Brazil's Pantanal region, one of the world's largest freshwater wetland ecosystems. The headwaters of the region's two major river systems, the Cuiabá and the Paraguay rivers, are located here, and the abundance and diversity of its vegetation and animal life are spectacular.

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Wetland, Pantanal Paraguay River, Pantanal

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