Brazil

Your Office in Brazil

Founded in 1963, WALPAX is a Destination Management Company – DMC and an incoming tour operator in Brazil, headquartered in Rio de Janeiro from where it covers all of Brazil. In 2010 WALPAX was bought by Grupo Águia (Eagle in Portuguese), one of the largest travel groups in Brazil with 8 companies and more than 300 employees. But it kept its DNA of tailor-made programs and personalized attention to the client.

Today WALPAX offers a well-trained international staff to meet clients´ needs fully and efficiently, covering all product segments: GITS’, FITS’, Special Interest Programs and Incentive Travel Programs. Walpax offers one of Brazil’s most reputable organization with unbeatable experience and extensive product knowledge, providing fast and accurate, friendly service, transmuted into a trouble-free operation. Let the Walpax team amaze your clients with the best programs in beautiful Brazil.

About Brazil

One of the world's most captivating places, Brazil is a country of powdery white-sand beaches, verdant rainforests and wild, rhythm-filled metropolises. Brazil's attractions extend from frozen-in-time colonial towns to otherworldly landscapes of red-rock canyons, thundering waterfalls and coral-fringed tropical islands. Then there's Brazil's biodiversity: legendary in scope, its diverse ecosystems boast the greatest collection of plant and animal species found anywhere on earth. There are countless places where you can spot iconic species in Brazil, including toucans, scarlet macaws, howler monkeys, capybara, pink dolphins, sea turtles and thousands of other living species.

Brazil offers big adventures for travellers with budgets large and small. There's horseback riding and wildlife-watching in the Pantanal, kayaking flooded forests in the Amazon, ascending rocky cliff tops to panoramic views, whale-watching off the coast, surfing stellar breaks off palm-fringed beaches and snorkelling crystal-clear rivers or coastal reefs – all are part of the great Brazilian experience. No less entrancing is the prospect of doing nothing, aside from sinking toes into warm sands and soaking up a glorious stretch of beach, with a caipirinha – Brazil's national cocktail – in hand.

Brazil's most famous celebration, Carnaval, storms through the country's cities and towns with hip-shaking samba and frevo, dazzling costumes and parties that last until sunup, but Brazilians hardly limit their revelry to a few weeks of the year. Festas (festivals) happen throughout the year, and provide a window into Brazil's incredible diversity. The streets are carpeted with flowers during Ouro Preto's Semana Santa (Holy Week), while in the north, Bumba Meu Boi blends indigenous, African and Portuguese folklore. For a taste of the old world, hit Blumenau's beer- and schnitzel-loving Oktoberfest, the largest outside of Germany. Several cities, such as Recife, Fortaleza and Natal even host Carnaval at other times of year.

Wherever there's music, that carefree lust for life tends to appear – whether dancing with cariocas at Rio's atmospheric samba clubs or following powerful drumbeats through the streets of Salvador. There's the dancehall forró of the Northeast, twirling carimbó of the Amazon, scratch-skilled DJs of São Paulo and an endless variety of regional sounds that extends from the twangy country music of the sunbaked sertanejo to the hard-edged reggae of Maranhão.

Fun Facts About Brazil

• Tourists from Australia, US, Canada and Japan no longer need any kind of visa to visit Brazil.
• Brazil is the largest country in South America.
• The name Brazil comes from a tree named brazilwood (Pau Brasil).
• It is called Brasil in Portuguese, the official language spoken in Brazil.
• Brazil is the only country in South America that speaks Portuguese.
• Portugal claimed the land of Brazil in the year 1500. Independence was declared in 1822.
• Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world by both land area and population.
• The population in 2019 was around 194 million people.
• The capital city is Brasilia, while the largest city is Sao Paulo.
• Other major cities include Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Fortaleza, Belo Horizonte.
• In Brazil we drive on the right-hand side of the road.
• Brazil has a large coastline on the eastern side of South America, stretching 7491 kilometres (4655 miles) in length.
• Brazil shares a border with all South American countries except for Chile and Ecuador.
• Brazil has one of the largest economies in the world.
• Brazil is one of the 77 founding members of the United Nations.
• The Amazon River flows through Brazil, it is the 2nd longest river in the world (after the Nile).
• Around 60% of the Amazon Rainforest is located in Brazil.
• The climate in the majority of Brazil is tropical.
• Brazil is home to a wide range of animals, including armadillo, tapirs, jaguars and pumas.
• Millions of tourists visit Brazil every year.
• There are around 2500 airports in Brazil.
• Football (soccer) is the most popular sport in Brazil with the national team consistently among the best in the world, winning the World Cup a record 5 times.

Inspirations

■ Christ the Redeemer by Jeep or Train – Rio de Janeiro
■ Watch a Football Match in Maracanã Stadium.
■ Sunset at the Sugar Loaf + Drink (Bondinho do Pão de Açúcar) – Rio de Janeiro
■ Beach Activities - Ipanema & Copacabana Beach
■ The magnificent Iguassu Falls (Brazilian & Argentinian side) - Paraná
■ Macuco Safari (A boat that goes very close to the Iguassu falls) - Paraná
■ Swiming with the Pink Dolphins – Amazon Rainforest
■ Meeting of Waters – Amazon Rainforest
■ Survival in the jungle – Amazon Rainforest
■ Amazonian Indigenous tribe visit – Amazon Rainforest
■ Pelourinho, Elevador Lacerda, Olodum – Salvador
■ Praia do Forte – Salvador
■ Projeto Tamar – Project to preserve turtles - Salvador

Location information

Main hub airports are Rio de Janeiro (GIG) and São Paulo (GRU). There are also several flights to the northeast of Brazil, the South region and the Amazon. Walpax has great connections with Brazilian air companies and we would be happy to be at your service for internal flights in Brazil. Best connections between Brazil and Australia leave from Sidney via Santiago in Chile with Latam, or via Dubai with Emirates. Several other air companies connect the two countries through Europe.

Brazil, officially Federative Republic of Brazil, Portuguese República Federativa do Brasil, country of South America that occupies half the continent’s landmass. It is the fifth largest country in the world, exceeded in size only by Russia, Canada, China, and the United States, though its area is greater than that of the 48 conterminous U.S. states. Brazil faces the Atlantic Ocean along 4,600 miles (7,400 km) of coastline and shares more than 9,750 miles (15,700 km) of inland borders with every South American country except Chile and Ecuador—specifically, Uruguay to the south; Argentina, Paraguay, and Bolivia to the southwest; Peru to the west; Colombia to the northwest; and Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana to the north. Brazil stretches roughly 2,700 miles (4,350 km) from north to south and from east to west to form a vast irregular triangle that encompasses a wide range of tropical and subtropical landscapes, including wetlands, savannas, plateaus, and low mountains. Brazil contains most of the Amazon River basin, which has the world’s largest river system and the world’s most-extensive virgin rainforest.

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