Brazil is the most popular country in Latin America. This country is well known in the world for football, Christ the Redeemer statue, and the beautiful city of Rio Fe Janeiro.
But, in reality, the most interesting thing about Brazil is its huge diversity which makes it a very interesting and unique place. Now, let me tell you some of the mind-blowing facts about Brazil so you can understand more about this beautiful country.
Mind-blowing Facts about Brazil
Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world by population and by area. In fact, it is so huge that it possesses 47% of the total area of Latin America.
But, still there are many secrets that are hidden inside this huge country that are unknown to the outside world. So, Let’s see some of the mind-blowing facts about Brazil.
1) The mystery of the Glowing Termite Mounds
Our world is filled with many surprising things that are difficult to understand and believe. One such surprising thing, you can witness in the Emas national park of Brazil.
As you can see in the image, the termite mounds are glowing with a green color which is producing a very beautiful view in the Emas national park.
This incident is very beautiful but it is very rare. This incident can be seen only in the night time when there is a right temperature, humidity, and wind. So, what is the reason behind this beautiful green glowing lights?
The reason is the beetles, that are emitting green lights to attract their prey. Termites are the favorite prey of these beetles. That’s why they occupy the mounds of termites and emits green light to attract the termites towards them.
2) Vale da Lua- The place that looks like Lunar Surface
Are you a person like me who loves to spend nights observing the lunar surface through a telescope? then, you don’t need to use the telescope from now, you could go to this amazing place in brazil which looks like the moon surface.
Vale da Lua is a very interesting place because rock formation in this place exactly looks like the lunar surface. This weird rock formation is a result of the constant tussle between rocks and the water of the São Miguel river over millions of years.
In this place, you will find many natural wells, pools, and caves. You can enjoy and take bath in the natural wells and pools of this place.
3) There is a 2-acre Lush Green Forest in Brazil that contains only one Tree
Will you believe that there is a lush green big forest in brazil, which is as big as two football fields, but actually covered by only one ‘tree’? If you don’t believe it, then you should visit the largest cashew tree in the world.
This huge Cashew tree has spread over the area of 2 acres!! Anyone who looks at this 2-acre place from above will think that this is a big forest with a lot of trees but in reality, this 2-acre lush green area is covered only by one tree.
The Rio Grande do Norte is the state of Brazil, where you can see this largest and unbelievable Cashew tree. The circumference of this cashew tree is about 500m. This tree produces over 50,000 fruits per year. The exact age of this tree is unknown but many believe that this tree is at least a thousand years old.
4) Gruta do Lago Azul- Famous Natural Dark Blue Lake in Brazil
This is another interesting natural wonder in Brazil. Gruta do Lago Azul is a place famous for its natural dark blue color lake. This place attracts many tourists each year due to its natural beauty.
It is located in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul of Brazil, and it is close to the Bonito city. This lake is over 75 meters deep. Another interesting thing about this lake is that the fossils of prehistoric animals have been found at the bottom of this lake.
The fossils of Saber-toothed tigers and sloths which used to live 7000 to 10000 years ago have been found in this lake. In 1978, this place is listed as a national monument for its protection.
5) Snake Island
Ilha da Queimada Grande is an island in the Atlantic ocean which is part of Brazil. This is one of the most dangerous islands in the world. The reason is the huge population of the snakes on this island.
According to one study, there are over 4,30,000 snakes on this island, and the area of this island is only 43 hectares. Such a huge population of snakes in such a small area makes this island one of the most dangerous island in the world.
That’s why considering the huge population of the snakes and its danger to humans, this island is closed to the people. Only the Brazilian Navy and Some researchers can only visit this island. So, what is the reason behind such a huge population of snakes on this island?
According to the study, many years ago, this island was connected to the mainland. But, then due to rising sea levels, this island lost contact with the mainland and the snakes got trapped on this island.
After getting trapped on this island, these snakes did learn to live in the new environment of this island and their population started to grow rapidly. That’s why this island is also known as the Snake Island.
6) Weird and Giant Anteaters
There are many weird animals in this world. You may have heard about Kangaroos and Platypus. But, have you ever heard about the weird but wonderful anteaters of Brazil?
Serra da Canastra is a national park in Brazil. This national park is located in the Minas Gerais state of Brazil. The most interesting thing that you can see in this national park, is its giant and weird anteaters.
You will easily find this weird animal, wandering the grassy terrain of this national park, in search of the mounds of ants. This is an endangered animal and its population is rapidly decreasing in the other parts of Brazil. But, luckily in this national park, they have still managed to survive.
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7) Museu do Homem do Norte- Museum for the indigenous people of Amazon River Basin
Are you a person who likes to know about different cultures and civilizations in this world? Then, you would have known that the Amazon basin civilization is one of the civilizations in the world that were not in a contact with the rest of the world for many centuries.
That’s why the civilization of the Amazon basin has always been a mystery for the rest of the world and there is very little information about it in the outside world.
But, if you want to know more about their culture then you should visit this museum which is located in the Manaus region of Brazil. This Museum has a collection of over 2000 objects that were used by indigenous people of the Amazon river basin.
This Museum is the best way to see the mysterious culture, daily life, and the hunting techniques, of the indigenous people of the Amazon River Basin.
8) Prehistoric Paintings of Serra da Capivara National Park
This national park is popular for its prehistoric paintings. This region is filled with many prehistoric paintings.
That’s why Serra da Capivara national park was created to protect these rare and valuable paintings. According to the study, some of the stone tools found here are over 20,000-year-olds and this place was densely populated in the pre-Columbian era.
9) Brazil is the Largest Coffee Producer
Brazil is the largest coffee producer in the world for the last 150 years!! Brazil is responsible for 30% of global coffee production. Arabia and Robusta, these are the two types of coffee beans in brazil.
Coffee plantations cover over 25000 square kilometers of the area of Brazil. The largest customer of Brazil to export coffee is the United States of America.
10) Brazil is home to the 1.5 million people of Japanese Descent
Brazil is home to a huge population of Japanese descent people. In fact, Brazil is second place in the world after Japan where a large population of Japanese people lives.
At the beginning of the 20th century, there was a labor shortage in the coffee plantations of Brazil. At the same time, Japanese people from rural areas were going through extreme poverty. Due to this extreme poverty, Japanese people were looking to migrate to other countries for better living.
That’s why in 1907 the Brazilian government allowed Japanese immigrants to come to Brazil. The first Japanese people came to Brazil in 1908 from the port of Kobe. Many Japanese families came to Brazil, between 1910 to 1940, due to world war 1 and world war 2.
11) Brazil is the Most Biodiverse Country
Brazil is the country which is among the top 17 megadiverse countries in the world.
The reason is that 60% area of the Amazon rainforest is in Brazil. Brazil is home to at least over 1 lakh animal species and over 40,000 plant species.
But, still there are many animal and plant species that are unknown to the world as they are hidden inside the dense forests of Brazil. That’s why every year about 600 new animal species are discovered in Brazil.
12) City by the name of Heney Ford
Do you know there is an abandoned city named ‘Fordlandia‘ in Brazil by the name of the American industrialist Henry Ford?
This city was established by Henry Ford in 1928 in the Para state of Brazil. Henry ford established this city to produce the cheap rubber for his automobile manufacturing industry in the United States. He had made the deal with the Brazilian Government to establish this city.
But, this city failed and abandoned in1934. Today, there are very few people who live in this city.
13) Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro is the most amazing place in Brazil. Every year millions of tourists visit this city.
This city is famous for its carnival, beaches, hills, beauty, and nightlife. It is the city where the world-famous statue Christ the Redeemer is located.
Rio de Janeiro is the second-most populous city in Brazil and it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Over 2 million tourists visit this wonderful city every year.