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Rio de Janeiro

Populated beginning with its founding in 1565, Rio de Janeiro became the major commercial port of colonial Brazil, and was the capital of the Empire and then of the Republic until 1960 when the Federal District was moved to Brasília.

São Paulo

Officially, São Paulo was colonized from 1532 onwards, by Martim Afonso de Souza, who founded the coastal village of São Vicente. When it was transferred to the plateau by the Jesuits, in 1554, two of them, Manoel da Nóbrega and José de Anchieta, transformed the village into the seat of the Captaincy (province). From there, expeditions, called "Bandeiras",ventured southward, as far as Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, as well as in other directions, culminating with the discovery of gold, in Minas Gerais, in 1693.

Minas Gerais

Minas is iron mountains and green valleys crossed by streams - streams where gold formerly abounded. From the gold came the colonial towns with their colourful buildings and steep streets. Relive history in these towns. Ride, walk or hike in their green surroundings. Above all, experience the traditional hospitality of Minas, its tasty cooking, and the diversity of its handicrafts.

Santa Catarina

The state with the longest coastline in Brazil, Santa Catarina boasts 400 kilometers of beaches. Throughout its territory, however, one is made aware of the strong influences of German and Austrian colonization. The typical architecture, gardens, cuisine, handcrafts, and a strong textile industry, are all part of a scenery and climate that are reminiscent of those of its first European inhabitants. Local celebrations and festivals have won a place of honour on the national calendar.

Rio Grande do Sul

With its four well-defined yearly seasons, the State of Rio Grande do Sul, located outside the tropics, offers in the Serra Gaúcha a floral Spring, a mild Summer, an extremely pleasant Autumn, and a Winter for tourists seeking cold weather. Here one discovers lovely mountains covered with flowers, Paraná pines, wineries, and immigrant colonies – with landscapes that remind one of Europe. In December, even when without snow, Gramado and Canela enchant visitors with their Christmas Lights.

Goiás

Located on the central Brazilian Plateau, between plains, flat-topped ridges, depressions and valleys, Goiás offers much topographical contrast. Ancient sedimentary crystalline rocks exist alongside plateaus carved by erosion, with physical characteristics of startling contrasts and breath-taking beauty.

Bahia

In was on the coast of Bahia, in 1500, that the Portuguese explorers first stepped on Brazilian soil. Bahia retains traces of its past struggles and glories which, from the sugar-cane and cacao-cycles onwards, have transformed the state into what it is today - a colourful reservoir of history, with a marked African influence , especially in its exuberant cuisine.

Rio Grande do Norte

Rio Grande do Norte is known for the beauty of its beaches, such as Fortress, Pipa, Genipabu, and Redinha beaches; and for its crystalline waters, sand dunes, and coral reefs. Its cultural wealth is historic. For example, through the years, the city of Natal took turns being a den of Dutch pirates and French corsairs, a refuge for European Jews escaping from religious persecution, the location of a U.S. World War II military base; besides, of course, having received the Portuguese, who in the XVII century built The Magi Fortress, at the mouth of the Potengi river.

Ceará

The history of Fortaleza, the capital of Ceará, is closely entwined with the history of the state, once the land of native inhabitants belonging to the Tupi people. European occupation of the territory began in 1603, with the expedition of Pero Coelho de Souza who founded the Fort of São Tiago on the Barra do Ceará, in present-day Fortaleza.