Check out our post on South America – Starting with Brazil.
South America has a long tradition of being a culture that enjoys life and live to the fullest.
Brazilians, noted for staging one of worlds most famous street party, are always up for doing something exciting and new. You will see them hanging out late into the night, talking, dancing and enjoying each other. They love to have fun. Some say Brazilians live to party. They party on the beach, around a barbecue, on the street, in the clubs and at home.
You will see them downing a beer at a café on the street; they simple are social people who will dance and have fun as much as possible. Part of their ease at partying is that they love to gossip, there is always something to chat about, from people to politics, but always with a light and humorous twist. They are witty and clever with words, love music and movement. They seldom stand still and you’ll never be short of smiles in the street.
Like the Spanish, cheek-kissing is a very common form of greeting in Brazil. When people first meet, they will often kiss three times, alternating right and left cheeks. Offering your hand to shake when offered a kiss will be considered odd, but Brazilians are getting used to this with so many less amorous and less spontaneous tourist now visiting.
Brazilians are generally very sexually liberated and like to look good. The beach in Rio de Janeiro on the weekend are full of beautiful bodies getting tanned. In Rio beauty salons and gyms are everywhere and they are always busy with bodies getting tanned and tuned for the beach. The guys want to have big muscles and the girls want to look hot. Young Brazilians guys and girls love to pose and the like to wear as little as possible when on the sand.
One of the growing party ares is Florianopolis, in the south. Click our links below to get a flavour of the hot salsa discos and beach in the south.