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Why Brazil is my Favorite Country

Brazil favorite country

It's always one of the first questions I get asked: What's your favorite country? It's a very tough question. All countries are different, each having its own unique characteristics.

I adore a number of amazing nations for a variety of reasons, but if I had to pick one, it would be Brazil. Here's why.



It's a bit of a cliché to say that "the people are friendly." People tend to be friendly to tourists everywhere. But there are some other things that I like about Brazilians.

They exude positive energy

The general happy and upbeat demeanor of Brazilians can be broken down in the following manner:

  • Brazilians deal with problems and difficulties in a light hearted way, usually laughing or joking about them.
  • When you meet a friend (or even an acquaintance whose name you hardly remember), they will greet you like you're a lost brother. A big smile, an abraço, and sometimes a few kisses.
  • It's never boring around Brazilians. They are extroverted and expressive. They don't seem to have an off button. They are either talking, singing, dancing, or partaking in some combination of the three.

They are very hospitable

Brazilians are extremely hospitable. Me Casa, Su Casa applies. Granted, Brazil is not unique in this aspect. All of Latin America is famous for its hospitality. I've never felt more welcome than in countries like Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico and El Salvador.

They look good

Let's be honest, the Brazilians are some of the best looking people in the world. This makes for good people watching at the beach. The men can admire the famous Brazilian bum, only covered by a small thong, while the women get to watch the local men showing of their muscles wearing a slightly larger version of a speedo.

The climate

I have a preference for warm climates. Life is more enjoyable when you can spend most of the day outside, wearing slippers and shorts. Not much explanation needed here I think.

The culture

This is another cliché that travelers always rave about. Brazilian culture is different from the Western European culture I grew up in. It's less individualistic and more centered around families. Music, food, and dance play a much bigger role in life. This is something I absolutely love.

Now, this is true for most countries outside the western world. But here's what makes Brazil unique. Despite the differences, Brazil's culture is still close enough to western culture for me to be able to relate to the Brazilians and to understand them. This enables me to build lasting relationships with the people I meet, which I consider one of the most important reasons to travel.

Natural beauty

Very few countries can compete with Brazil's vast amount of natural beauty. Areas like the Amazons and the Pantanal are unique in terms of the diversity and quantity of wildlife and nature. Adding the countless number of tropical beaches, mountains, lakes and green hills makes it very obvious that Brazil stands out in this aspect.


So what about the third traveler's cliché: the food?  Well, there is some really good food to be found in Brazil. I love the Churrascos, the Rodízios, the Pao con Queijo, and the Moquecas. However, the food isn't the main reason why Brazil is my favorite country. It's good, but for me it doesn't stand out compared to countries like Thailand, Spain, France, China, and Korea.

But isn't it dangerous?

I hear this a lot. Here is my take on safety in Brazil. Yes, there are areas where you probably shouldn't go as a tourist, or at least not by yourself. But this is true in the Western world as well. Every major city in the U.S. has neighborhoods where it's best to stay away. All you need to do is gather some information about what areas to avoid.

One thing to keep in mind is that although Brazil has been doing pretty well economically over the last decade, there is still a lot of poverty. This means it's not wise to flash expensive stuff. Your iPhone could be worth a half a year salary for someone. But again, most of the touristic areas in the western world are full of pickpockets, so again this isn't something specific to Brazil. The only time I've been pick pocketed is back home in Amsterdam.

Conclusion: when using your common sense (like you should in any area that you're not familiar with) I think Brazil is perfectly fine to visit as a tourist destination. You should not let safety worries stop you from visiting!

Have you been to Brazil? What did you think of it, do you agree with me or no?

12 thoughts on “Why Brazil is my Favorite Country

Comment author said

By Jasper Ribbers on 17 October 2013 at 01:03

You most definitely should Renee, I'm sure you guys would love it here!


Comment author said

By Ryan Biddulph on 17 October 2013 at 06:59

Hi Jasper,

Ditto on Renee's take. I want to go. I visited Peru a few months back but had to head back to the US for a wedding. Perhaps one day, especially after your convincing breakdown here.

I see tons of Brazilians in NJ - big expat community - so I know all about the positive energy. Fun, loving, warm people for sure.

Thanks for sharing!



Comment author said

By Jasper Ribbers on 17 October 2013 at 11:05

Cheers for taking the time to read this Ryan and let me know if you decide to make it down there!


Comment author said

By Liesbeth Pinheiro Glas on 17 October 2013 at 09:31

Hi Jasper,
Thank you for your kind words about my country! Brazil is special because of the people living in it. I live in the Netherlands now, but when there is time we gather with our brazilian family and friends. That is home for me.
Thanks again,


Comment author said

By Jasper Ribbers on 17 October 2013 at 11:10

Hey Liesbeth thanks for commenting. Do you go back to Brazil often?


Comment author said

By Liesbeth Pinheiro Glas on 18 October 2013 at 08:37

Not often enough :) My family lives in Recife, in the north. It's very different from the south of Brazil. Each region of Brazil is different in their own way.
You should go the island of Fernando de Noronha, into the Amazone, the waterfalls of Iguacú, Chapada Diamantina and Salvador!
There are so many beautiful sites to visit in Brazil!


Comment author said

By Jasper Ribbers on 18 October 2013 at 14:31

Liesbeth I was just looking into a trip to FDH! Would love to go scuba diving there :) . I've been to Recife, there is some Dutch history there.


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By Sarah on 19 October 2013 at 13:38

I'm just DIEING to go to Brazil, exactly for the reasons you named!Especially for the music and the people... For now I have to do with hanging out with lovely brazilian friends -who happen to feed me too ;)


Comment author said

By Jasper Ribbers on 21 October 2013 at 13:28

That's always a good alternative :D


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By Marco on 22 October 2013 at 11:06

I wish to travel outside my country. And if that's happen, I will include this to my bucket list.


Comment author said

By Jasper Ribbers on 22 October 2013 at 14:23

You should Marco! It's really amazing.


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