Brazil is in the world’s spotlight right now, thanks to the upcoming World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. But many visitors to these events won’t get to appreciate the true breadth of the world’s largest tropical country. As well as Carnival, football and pristine beaches, Brazil has colourful colonial towns, breathtaking Amazonian wildlife, iconic architecture and a rich mix of cultures.

Carnival parade at the Sambodrome, Rio de Janeiro (Yadid Levy/Robert Harding)

Carnival parade at the Sambodrome, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America

 

Christ the Redeemer Statue at sunset, Rio De Janeiro (Glow Images/Robert Harding)

Statue of Jesus Christ on a hill at sunset, Christ the Redeemer Statue, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Ipanema beach, Rio de Janeiro (Yadid Levy/Robert Harding)

Ipanema beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America

Pelourinho district, Salvador de Bahia (age fotostock/Robert Harding)

Pelourinho district, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.

Capoeira on the beach (age fotostock/Robert Harding)

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Woman in traditional dress in Salvador de Bahia (age fotostock/Robert Harding)

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Sao Joaquim market, Salvador de Bahia (Yadid Levy/Robert Harding)

Sao Joaquim market, Salvador (Salvador de Bahia), Bahia, Brazil, South America

Moqueca, a dish made with seafood and coconut milk, from Salvador de Bahia (Yadid Levy/Robert Harding)

Moqueca dish, Salvador (Salvador de Bahia), Bahia, Brazil, South America

People walking on Baia do Sancho beach, Parque Nacional de Fernando de Noronha, Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco (Marco Simoni/Robert Harding)

People walking on Baia do Sancho beach, Parque Nacional de Fernando de Noronha, Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco, Brazil, South America

Iguacu Falls, on the border of Brazil and Argentina (age fotostock/Robert Harding)

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Tourists on a walkway overlooking the Iguacu Falls  (age fotostock/Robert Harding)

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Diving in the Rio Negro, Amazonas (age fotostock/Robert Harding)

Diving, Rio Negro, Amazonas, Brazil

Toco Toucan, Brazilian Amazon (age fotostock/Robert Harding)

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Kayapo amerindians taking a misty boat ride on the Amazon River (Still Pictures/Robert Harding)

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Green-winged Macaw flying in the canopy, Cerrado tropical savanna, Piaui (age fotostock/Robert Harding)

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