Brazil is one of the most attractive tourist destinations on the South American continent. Luxury beaches with the purest golden sand and clear ocean water, the impenetrable wilds of the mysterious Amazon, the roar of waterfalls, the world-famous Brazilian Carnival – this set of wonders can hardly boast any other country. And if you add to this list the delicate aroma of local coffee and imagine a passionate Brazilian woman singing samba, it becomes clear why millions of visitors from all over the world seek to visit these wonderful places every year.
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Brazil is the largest state in South America. The republic occupies about 5.7% of the entire land surface of the planet, and in terms of population it is in the top five in the world. The capital is the city of Brasilia. And although many people associate this country exclusively with the national entertainment – a grand carnival, preceding the Great Lent, the flow of travelers does not dry up all year round.
Brazilian carnival “Let me go, old man”. Fishing in the Amazon Rio de Janeiro is one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Amazon Tributaries
Nature lovers in Brazil have the opportunity to see the rain forests of the Amazon, Iguazu Falls, the Pantanal marshland and the dunes in the Northeast region. Fans of a relatively new trend, agritourism, tend to visit plantations where coffee, sugar cane, tobacco and citrus fruits are grown. Both will have a great time on the beaches of Santa Catarina and will be able to visit the “crystal dream of childhood” of the great swindler Ostap Bender – crowded and unique Rio de Janeiro. You will not leave indifferent the original culture and colorful national cuisine, which were formed under the influence of Indian traditions and peculiarities, brought to the new homeland by the natives of Europe and Africa.
Located in the center of South America, Brazil shares borders with all countries of the continent, except Ecuador and Chile. Interesting is the fact that the length of the territory both from north to south and from west to east is almost the same – 4320 km against 4328 km. The length of the coastline is almost 7.5 thousand kilometers. In addition to continental lands, Brazil owns several archipelagos in the South Atlantic.
Coffee plantation from the top Colonial style is present in the architecture of many Brazilian cities The Atlantic coast A street in Sao Paulo
Organized on a federal principle, the state includes 26 states plus the metropolitan area. Each of Brazil’s administrative units has extensive powers in both the legislative and executive spheres. In addition, there is a division into larger territorial units – regions, of which there are five.
Brazilians are a very patriotic nation
190 million Brazilians today speak 175 languages. Yes, yes, that’s the correct figure, and a few centuries ago there were a good hundred more, just imagine! How do the descendants of immigrants and natives communicate with each other? Brazil, for historical reasons, is the only state in both Americas where Portuguese has become the official language: it is spoken in schools, institutions, radio and television. The country’s titular religion is Catholicism. In July 2013, it even hosted a Christian gathering from around the world, and in honor of World Youth Day there was a visit from Pope Francis (incidentally, he himself is from neighboring Argentina).
The national character of the Brazilian can be characterized as follows: sentimentality, warmth of heart, poetry, delicacy. But if you don’t show due respect and attention to your new friend, for example, refuse to sit with him in a restaurant for the sole reason that you have an important business meeting, you will lose his friendship. The law on the unconditional abolition of slavery in Brazil was adopted only slightly more than 100 years ago, in 1888. To this day, Brazilians are always ready to be reminded, “This is not a colony!” – demanding to be treated with respect.
The navigator Pedro Álvares Cabral, who discovered these territories in 1500, originally called them the Land of the True Cross, after some time the name was transformed into the Land of the Holy Cross. Much later the modern name Terra do Brasil (Brazil) appeared. Of course, the passage of time makes it impossible to find out exactly what caused the name change, but historians have a hypothesis. On the shores of the Atlantic Ocean were found vast areas of special forests, which began to be actively exported to the metropolis. The material was very similar to the famous redwood, which was brought to the local markets by Arab traders. It was called pau-brasil in Portugal. This wood was used to produce expensive furniture, musical instruments and even paints.
Navigator Pedro Álvares Cabral sailing to the shores of Brazil in 1500
The colonizers thought they had succeeded in finding exactly where the merchants were taking such valuable goods. Although the conclusion was erroneous (the brazil actually grows in Southeast Asia), the word became firmly established. Other scholars are inclined to link the emergence of the modern name with the “island of the blessed” Brasil, which is mentioned in Irish mythology and was even inscribed on geographical maps in the Early Middle Ages. This place, believed to be a sanctuary for monks and other men of divine grace, was hidden from prying eyes by a dense fog, but numerous mariners have attempted to discover the mysterious land.
Prince Pedro in São Paulo after the news of Brazil’s independence on September 7, 1822 Brazil in the 17th century Rio de Janeiro in 1885
In any case, from the time of its discovery in the Old World until 1822, Brazil was a colony of Portugal, which faithfully supplied the metropolis with valuable timber, coffee, sugar cane and gold. African slaves, whose descendants make up a large part of the population today, were brought here from the outside. Slavery in the then independent republic was abolished only in 1888. At about the same time, a flood of immigrants from Europe poured onto the shores of South America in search of an opportunity to build a better life for themselves and their children on land across the ocean. Significantly, the new arrivals from a particular country tended to settle compactly in one area, and these communities are still quite distinct from one another to this day.
Relief and climate in Brazil
The topography is heterogeneous. Lowlands in the basin of the largest and most full-flowing river on the planet – the Amazon – occupy a large part of northern Brazil. Incidentally, this territory has the status of the largest lowlands in the world and at the same time is considered the least inhabited and developed land by man. South and east of the country are highlands: the vast Brazilian plateau and the Guiana plateau, separated from the main massif by the Amazon channel. The narrow Atlantic Plain, at the junction with the ocean, forms beaches, lagoons and natural harbors.
Amazon jungle The toucan, a bird that is one of South America’s symbols The beach in northern Brazil The hilly terrain in the west
The climate of Brazil can be safely classified as hot. It varies significantly in different regions, since the territory of the state covers several zones: equatorial, semi-arid, subtropical and tropical. Within the latter, there are additionally distinguished tropical, tropical Atlantic and tropical high belt. From January to May temperatures are moderately high (up to 18-20ºС at night and 27-30ºС during the day) and precipitation is frequent (up to 17 rainy days per month). From June till December it becomes hotter (up to +32-34ºC during the day) and the weather is arid. Of course, in the mountainous areas the figures are much lower, frosts are possible closer to the tops, but in general Brazil is favorable to travel at any time of year.
“Carnival is the most Brazilian thing in all of Brazil,” wrote V. Bobrov in his book 1001 Days in Rio de Janeiro. And indeed – crazy fun, riot of colors, extraordinary people, their spectacular clothes, songs and dances enthrall.
Every year at the end of February, the whole of Brazil, captured by the continuous thunder of drums, beating the rhythm of incendiary samba, plunges into the noisiest, brightest and funniest holiday, the grandiose show on the planet – Carnival. Its origins lie in the ritual dances of Black Africa, the pulsating rhythms of which, matching the beats of the heart, were brought to Brazil along with millions of black slaves and slave girls. And now samba enters the bloodstream of all carnival participants and guests for five days, for five days Brazil becomes an African country.
At the epicenter of the Brazilian carnival, Rio de Janeiro and El Salvador, planes carry thousands of tourists from the United States, Argentina and European countries every day. El Salvador usually hosts 600,000-700,000 foreigners; Rio hosts about a million. The hotels are overcrowded, in spite of the sky-high prices – places have to be booked in advance.
The colors of the Brazilian carnival Olinda – the starting point of the Brazilian carnival
The carnival usually begins far from Rio de Janeiro, in the town of Olinde, where the oldest dancing school of “virgins” is paraded. These are 250 men dressed in women’s clothing. Their performance goes on non-stop for 10 hours. And yet the main event of the carnival is the Rio samba school parade. “Hike your bean prices, but let me dance samba freely!” the carnival song sings. Shoes with rectangular noses and silver buckles, white stockings, overstuffed trousers, brocade jackets, hats with plumes; ladies in fife skirts, décolleté to the extreme–the royal courts of Europe go to the rhythm of samba. And beneath the brocaded gold suits – swarthy bodies, curly dark hair – Africa.
At the same time hundreds of thousands of spectators gather in Manaus and Recife – ritual Indian dances, in Olinda – the traditional parade of huge wax moults, in Ouru-Pretu – “medieval” student festivals. Everywhere there are a huge number of beauty contests, masquerade balls, and costume contests. And it’s all a Brazilian carnival. Five days in which only surgeons and their patients, babies and women in labor remain unaffected by the frenzy of the holiday.
Saimiri, or Squirrel Monkey.
What’s worth seeing in Brazil
Aunt Charlie from the Soviet movie “Hello, I’m Your Aunt!” was clearly sly, remembering Brazil only as a country with lots and lots of wild monkeys. The luxurious nature and the richness of national, cultural and sporting traditions made these places extremely interesting for tourists.
The most popular destinations among visitors include the following:
A cruise on this legendary river will leave a lot of unforgettable impressions. You can get acquainted with the unique flora and fauna of the region, fish a bloodthirsty piranha on bait of raw meat, see the heroine of many chilling horror movies – anaconda, to observe the behavior of bloodthirsty caimans, and night walks with a guide in a canoe will not leave indifferent fans of extreme relaxation. Come to Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state, and feel like a pioneer pioneer, observing the life and peculiarities of aboriginal life. The virginity of the jungle at the confluence of the Black River (Rio Negro) into the Amazon will remain long in your memory. In Manaus, visit the Palacio Negro, the Indian and Numismatic Museums and the San Sebastian Church. Only here, just a few kilometers from the city, you can observe a unique phenomenon – the confluence of the rivers Rio Negro and Solimoes, whose waters due to differences in density do not mix and for miles flow side by side in two multicolored streams.
Canoeing in the Amazon by Manaus The confluence of the Rio Negro and Solimoes Rivers
Nature lovers simply must visit the Pantanal in Brazil. The tectonic depression, which as a result of constant flooding has turned into a swamp of almost 150 thousand square kilometers, is now a unique natural protected area, the largest area of its kind in the world. Tropical butterflies of incredible size and coloring, rare plant species, unique fauna, and magnificent scenery – all this is the Pantanal.
In late spring, which for Brazil is November, the rainy season arrives, and the entire valley turns into a huge swamp with numerous green islands of solid earth. This peculiarity is the reason for the continued biological activity of the animals that live here. In six months, by about May, the number of fish in the water becomes so considerable that they can be caught with their bare hands. This abundance of food gives impetus to the growth of populations of other animals – anacondas, caimans, jaguars, giant otters feel just fine in this paradise. If you love nature, want to enjoy the silence and take unique photos – be sure to go to the Pantanal. Tourists who come with an exploratory purpose, usually spend in this area about one or two days and stay overnight at one of the hotels in Cuiaba. For a longer stay it is better to arrange accommodation in one of the many huts, the owners of which can also help hire an experienced guide. With his help, you will feel safer traveling through the reserve.
Alligator Catch Fish. View of the Pantanal from the Piranha plane
Lençois is an amazing place right on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. In Portuguese, the full name of this national park, Lensois Maranensis, translates to “sheets of Maranensis”. Imagine an area of about a thousand square meters, made up entirely of white sand hills up to 40 meters high. The uniqueness of the landscape is complemented by lakes of various shades – from blue to green to turquoise. The unusual combination of sand and water is explained quite simply. Despite the fact that the number of dunes the area can be considered a desert, it regularly rains in these parts. Moisture gradually accumulates between the hills and forms the very picturesque lakes, in which you can even swim. The best time to visit this wonder is in the middle of winter and early spring. For Brazil, this period lasts from July to the end of September. To get to Lençois, you must first drive to San Luis, the administrative center of the state of Maranhão. From there, the trip can be continued by one of the buses that make regular runs from the city bus station. Entrance to Lençois National Park is free, but you have to pay to use sandboards or bicycles. To see the park’s main beauties – the oasis of Kemada dos Brutos and Lake Lagoa Azul – be sure to use a guide. Without a guide, you risk wasting a lot of time and energy, and whether you’ll eventually reach the sights is not certain.
Lensoires-Maranhãenzis National Park
This national park is located on the border of Argentina and Brazil, where the Paraná and Iguazu rivers meet each other. The height of the falling water is more than 70 meters and the width of the descending cascades is about 3 km. A typical tour includes a walk from the entrance to the park to the narrow gauge railroad, which after a quarter of an hour of travel, tourists find themselves in close proximity to the raging elements. Then about a kilometer walk along special suspended bridges and you are at Devil’s Throat to witness the majesty and power of the waterfall. Then the train back to the main camp, where guests are transferred to jeeps and taken through the jungle to a small pier. A small boat takes you on a mind-blowing descent down a fast river to the very foot of the falls, where the introduction to Iguazu concludes. Don’t take rain gear or any other means of protection against splashing, as you won’t be able to get away from it. It’s better to wear a swimsuit or swimming trunks, and outer clothing can be folded in waterproof bags, which the guide will definitely offer you. If you wish to linger in this wonderful place, you can rest in one of the many hotel rooms with beautiful views of the surrounding waterfall.
Beaches of Brazil
It is not surprising that the country, which has such a long coastline and a favorable climate, has a well-developed tourist infrastructure associated specifically with recreation on the coast. Among the most famous beaches in Brazil are Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon. They are all located in the tourist center of the country – Rio de Janeiro.
The unique climatic conditions, the warm Atlantic currents passing near the coast and the proximity of the equator have made these places a real gem of marine tourism. One of the longest beaches in the world – Copacabana, which golden sands stretch for six kilometers, luxurious Ipanema or elite Leblon will give any, even the most demanding tourist an unforgettable vacation and leave the warmest memories. Collectors of interesting facts will be curious to know that it was on Copacabana first appeared separate bikini swimsuits, which to this day are considered the hallmark of this place. Next to one of the most prestigious areas of the city is Ipanema beach. It is a favorite vacation spot for visitors to Rio de Janeiro as well as locals. On weekends, the road along the beach is closed to motorized vehicles and given over to the many fans of rollerblading, biking and skateboarding. Volleyball, soccer in the sand, and other outdoor activities are also popular here.
The beach for successful businessmen and the so-called “golden” youth is Leblon, which belongs to the city district of the same name.
Perhaps, there are not many people on the planet, who would never dream to visit Brazil. After all, this country is a real holiday, an explosion of emotions and impressions.
And everyone will name some association with Brazil – soccer, carnival, jungle, coffee, monkeys, the dream city of Rio and much more. Brazil is one of the major tourist magnets on Earth, so pack your bags and Joga Bonito!
About the Country
The largest country in South America has a very similar historical destiny to its neighbors. Before Europeans landed on the continent in the 15th century, it was home to many disparate semi-wild tribes.
After the arrival of the conquistadors (in the case of Brazil it was the Portuguese), colonial rule was established for 300 years, with the gradual displacement and enslavement of the natives. At the beginning of the XIX century Brazil has chosen its independence, after which the monarchy was replaced by a republic and dictatorship, until it became a presidential republic.
What you should know about Brazil:
area – 8.5 million km2;
Population: 210.1 million people
religion – Catholicism, Protestantism;
form of government – federal presidential republic;
Currency is the Brazilian real;
For citizens of the Russian Federation the visa is not required.
Brazil occupies half of South America, and shares borders with all countries of the continent, except Ecuador and Chile. Brazil shares its northern border with French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana and Venezuela; to the west it has borders with Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina, and to the south with Uruguay.
Brazil is a federal state, and is divided into 26 autonomous states. The entire eastern border of the country is washed by the Atlantic Ocean for 7.5 thousand kilometers. The Amazon River, one of the largest rivers in the world, flows into it. It forms the ecosystem of the whole northern half of Brazil, where the Amazon lowland is covered with forest. The southern part of the country is occupied by the Brazilian Plateau.
Climate of Brazil
Brazil has three major climatic regions. It is worth noting that there are virtually no areas unfavorable for human life, everywhere is more or less comfortable.
The Amazon Basin region is characterized by high humidity and low temperature variations. The average annual rainfall here is 2,000 to 2,400 mm. The temperature ranges from +28 to +30 ° C, but does not exceed +36 ° C.
Along the ocean coast to the east, the climate is tropical, closer to the south – humid. The extreme eastern regions are the driest in the country, receiving 500 to 600 mm of rainfall per year. Farther south, from the city of El Salvador to São Paulo, rainfall is abundant and temperatures remain high. Thermometers show +26+28°C in February and +20+22°C in June.
Finally, the Brazilian highlands have the most continental climate. The average summer temperature reaches +38°C, while in winter it drops to +18°C. The amount of precipitation also varies depending on the season – from 100 mm per year to 1,800 mm.
In general, we can say that the climate in Brazil almost all year round contributes to active tourism.
What to see in Brazil
Brazil by right may be called the most rich in attractions in South America. Of course, its huge size plays a role, but it’s not just because of it, and in a bright and distinctive Brazilian culture, which is known throughout the world.
Without a doubt, one of the most famous cities on the planet is Rio de Janeiro. It’s hard to find someone who hasn’t heard of it. Although the city lost its centuries-old metropolitan status in the mid-twentieth century, it is still the tourist center of the whole of Brazil.
Of course, the main symbol of Rio is the statue of Christ the Redeemer on Mount Corcovado. It is one of the new wonders of the world and one of the most visited places on the planet.
The head of the statue “looks over” another iconic mountain called Sugar Loaf Mountain . At almost 400 meters high, it is the best observation point in Rio. You can go up there by cable car or by walking up the steps.
But Rio is not just mountains, because it also has first-class beaches. Copacabana is probably the most famous beach in the world. For the reason that it has long been not just sand and water, but an entire cultural phenomenon.
Here are the musical stars of the first magnitude, the best players of the world play soccer in the sand, here come to relax from all corners of the planet. Just around the corner 4-kilometer Copa is another beach – Ipanema. This is a quiet and peaceful place with very beautiful nature.
In addition, Rio is also worth visiting the local botanical garden, an area of 54 hectares, the Royal Library, built in the form of a temple, a real soccer temple – the stadium Maracana, as well as a modern art museum.
Its eternal rival, Sao Paulo, is located 400 km west of Rio. It’s the biggest city in Brazil, home to more than 12 million people, a true metropolis. The sights here are a little less than in the former capital, but there is also something to see.
For example, Ibirapuera Park is a real city within a city.
The park is huge, with palaces, lakes, a planetarium, a museum and a lot of forest on its 140-hectare territory. Another landmark is the Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge . It is an unusual bridge, X-shaped, a real work of art.
Against the backdrop of the two giants may be lost in Salvador, which is to the north on the coast. This city has its own attractions – the historic center, the Church of San Francisco, a large gastronomic museum, as well as picturesque wild beaches in the vicinity.
Outside of the cities there is a wild and often unique nature that is worth exploring. Of course, the largest part of the Amazon jungle is the valley of the river of the same name.
More than 5 million km2 of forests are home to tens of thousands of animal and plant species and local aborigines. Numerous excursions will help you to touch this incredible nature, suffer from prankster monkeys, look at real piranhas and breathe deep in the place called “lungs of the planet”.
The Iguazu Falls on the border with Argentina and Paraguay are a real star among Brazil’s natural attractions. It’s a stunning set of waterfalls on the river of the same name, there are 275 of them in total.
The most famous are Devil’s Throat and Adam and Eve. But the other 273 waterfalls are also worth your attention. But that’s not all there is to do here. Nearby, in Foz do Iguas, you will find the Bird Park, a huge zoo with around 1,000 species of native birds.
And in the nearby town of Puerto Iguazú you can visit the mines of Wanda, where they extract precious stones.
Of course, nature in Brazil is protected in many national parks with intricate local names. Lencos-Maranhãensis, with sand dunes and lagoons in between,
Serra da Capivara, with sheer cliffs and caves with cave paintings, Fernando de Noronha, a whole archipelago of 21 volcanic islands,
Chapada dos Veadeiros with numerous canyons and waterfalls.
The Pantanal Reserve near the Bolivian border is also worth mentioning. This swampy area of 200,000 km2 is home to millions of crocodiles, for whom it is a true paradise.
We can also mention the solitary waterfall Caracol, with excellent views, in the south of the country, and a place called Pedra Pintada, a huge rock formation, painted in different colors by nature itself, in the north.
Finally, it is worth remembering that it is a crime to visit Brazil without going to the famous carnival in Rio de Janeiro. The legendary carnival attracts millions of tourists every year, and for five whole days of igniting like no other place on this planet. Samba De Janeiro!
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Cell phone and internet.
Given the fact that Brazil is a federation with a very large area, there are a lot of operators, who work zoned, in individual states or regions.
There are four national network operators in Brazil: Vivo, TIM, Claro and Oi. The terms and rates of all four are quite similar, with coverage of the same quality throughout the civilized part of the country.
- Vivo – 3 USD for unlimited on-net, 40 minutes to other operators, 3 Gb Internet for 7 days.
- TIM – 3 USD for unlimited calls to all operators, 2.5 Gb internet for 7 days.
- Claro – 3 USD for unlimited calls to all operators, 2GB Internet for 7 days.
- Oi – 3 USD for unlimited calls to all operators, 1.7 Gb internet for 7 days.
SIM-cards in Brazil are best purchased at the operators’ offices, since after purchase you must go through the registration process. You must also show your original passport when you sign up. Recharging the account – on the contrary, it is very simple.
You can do it on the street at literally every turn, or you can go to the operator’s web page and try there, but most of them only have Portuguese-language versions of the sites.
Tips and tricks
When in Rio or São Paulo it is highly discouraged to enter the outlying areas of the city where the local poor people live – the favelas. This promises only trouble, from strange clingy strangers, to real robberies and violence. So it is better not to go there.
In Brazil today there is a danger of catching yellow fever, which is carried by mosquitoes. All foreign tourists are advised to get vaccinated before flying to the country, to avoid problems.
It’s best not to skimp on domestic flights if you want to see more. The distances are enormous, and bus rides lasting many hours will not add to your enthusiasm and mood. It’s better to pay a little more, and spend this time on positive emotions.
Trite advice – to try the local cuisine. This should be done in all corners of the world and Brazil is no exception. Go to the shurasceria, which are local establishments where meat is cooked. Gastronomic ecstasy is guaranteed.
Transport in Brazil
Brazil has an area of over 8 million km2, and all attractions (unlike the population) are not concentrated along the coast, for the convenience of tourists. The distances are long, so you have to be prepared to spend a lot of time on the road.
Transport number 1 in Brazil is a car. The country has almost 2 million kilometers of roads, but only about 1/10 of them are paved. Good roads are mostly between the big cities in the southeast of the country. To move between them is very convenient to rent a car.
The conditions here are standard – you must have a passport and a driver’s license. Prices for rental start at $ 40 per day, depending on the car. The choice of companies is very rich rental companies, it is best to book in advance and pick up at the airport already waiting for your car.
If you do not want to sit behind the wheel, you can use buses to travel short distances between cities. Their network of routes is quite extensive and prices are quite reasonable. For example, a trip from Rio to Sao Paulo will cost about 20 dollars. Railroads, on the other hand, are underdeveloped and are used more for freight transport.
Given the distances, not the least domestic transport in Brazil is airplanes. There are many local airlines, flying all over the country. The main carriers are Azul Linhas, Avianca Brasil, GOL, and TAM Airlines. Prices are not the lowest, the flight from Rio to Iguazu Falls will cost $100 one way. But you will drive that distance by bus for at least 12 hours, so the money for the plane is paid primarily for the time saved.
The best way to get around Brazilian metropolitan areas is by cab. There’s plenty to choose from, from numerous online apps to regular drivers on the street. Nine of the largest cities have a subway, which also makes getting around easier. And there’s no shortage of buses running everywhere and in all sorts of directions.
How to get to Brazil
Brazil is a huge country, the fifth largest territory on our planet. However, the vast majority of the population, and thus the largest cities with international airports, are concentrated along the Atlantic coast.
The two main airports of arrival in Brazil for foreign tourists are in the two main cities of this country, eternal and irreconcilable rivals – Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. There are no direct scheduled flights from Russia to Brazil, so you need to choose options with a convenient connection. There are a lot of options, because the above-mentioned cities are among the largest on the continent, almost all the major airlines of the world fly to them.
The most comfortable flights are offered by Turkish Airlines via Istanbul, Swiss Air via Zurich, Air France via Paris, KLM via Amsterdam, Lufthansa via Frankfurt and Qatar Airways via Doha. In Rio, the options are pretty much the same, plus British Airways via London and a combination of Aeroflot and American Airlines via Miami. However, you must be careful with the latter options, because tourists must have the appropriate visa if they change planes in the U.S. or Great Britain.
The rest of the country’s major airports – Salvador, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre – have at least two connections.