Infraestructura

    The idea that it is difficult for foreign tourists to go to Brazil is no longer true. The country already offers a very good infrastructure in hotels or lodges, locally called "pousadas", airports, roads and restaurants. Even the remotest tourist points offer internet access and exchange houses.

    Most of the international airports were rebuilt recently and receive more than 30 daily flights from Europe and USA.

    The biggest cities offer good private hospitals. The public health system does not offer the same quality of service.


    Safety

    Despite of the news of violence shown on international journals, the tourist can see in Brazil a safe destination. The country does not present terrorism attacks or religious conflicts, and it is free of epidemic or sanitary diseases as seen in other countries. Violence is normally restricted to poor areas of big cities as Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Smaller cities and specially the ecological destinations we offer, have very low rates of violence, even when comparing to developed countries.

    According to the Frommers Guide, "Sometime in the 1980s Brazil began developing a world reputation for violence and crime. … Some of this was pure sensationalism, but there was a good measure of truth as well. … Statistically, of course, Rio and other big Brazilian cities still have unfortunately high crime rates… Most of that crime, however, takes place in the favelas and shantytowns of the far-off industrial outskirts, and most of its victims are poor; you're unlikely to be affected. Still, it's wise to follow commonsense precautions. … Outside of the main cities, Brazil is extremely safe."


    Economy

    Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country and its economy has the tenth-highest GDP in the world. Generally, Brazil's economy is fairly healthy, but the country experienced difficulties during the 1980s and 90s. The annual inflation was over 8.000% and the country had to change its currency 4 times in less than 10 years. In 1994, the Plano Real, a stabilization plan managed by Finance Minister Mr. Cardoso controlled the inflation and gave the basis to the modern development of the country. More recently, after the Asian and Russian Crisis in 1997-98, the Central Bank had to make a huge devaluation of the currency, which jumped from R$1 per US$ to a current level of R$3/US$ (Aug/03). This devaluation helped a lot on competitiveness of local products exports and international tourism, which became much cheaper for foreigners.

    Services are the largest sector in terms of employment. Agriculture is also very important. Brazil is second in the world with the exporting of agricultural products, especially coffee, sugar, soy beans, orange juice and beef.

    The industrial sector is strong and very well diversified. The industry produces from beverages to airplanes. The most important sectors are food, electrical goods, construction materials, rubber, chemicals and vehicles.

    The major trading partners are the USA, UN and members of the Latin American trading block, Mercosur.


 
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