At the heart of this full-colour and visually inspiring guide is a wealth of well-researched information and over 200 detailed recommendations, written by experts. From the Sugarloaf Mountain of Rio de Janeiro to the colonial towns of Ouro Preto, you will find all the sights and top attractions explored in an easy-to-read A-Z format. Superb 3D laminated illustrations display the key sights in perspective and include the stunning Catedral Metropolitana, brought to life at the turn of a page. Clear and concise background texts cover Brazil's fascinating history, tracing key events from pre-colonization, through imposed modernization and dictatorship of the Generals, to a return to the Republic. Special feature pages cover topics of particular interest that give a rare glimpse into everyday life, such as 'Demigods in Yellow' and 'Collective Intoxication of the Senses'. You will also find the answers to some of Brazils most intriguing cultural questions such as 'How did football come to South America?' and 'Why is it always Christmas in Natal?' A comprehensive 'Practicalities' chapter covers all the essential travel advice you need, including accommodation, transport, food and drink, health, shopping, money and much more, not to mention useful insider tips for those travelling with children. There is a handy calendar of events to ensure you don't miss out on Brazil's fabulous festivals taking place throughout the year. There are plenty of 'Baedeker tips' alongside the relevant places and sights information, making this guide ideal for on-the-spot reference. The guide is accompanied by a large, fully indexed, pull-out map, along with 36 detailed maps and plans within the text that clearly pin-point the best places to stay and top venues to eat and drink en route. There are 6 recommended tours specially designed to ensure you see the very best of this colourful and diverse country, from easy routes by car or train to challenging expeditions for hardcore off-roaders. Journey lengths range from one day to a week, so whether you want to see the most beautiful stretches of coastline or trek into the rainforest you can choose the tour to suit you and the time you have to spare. Top sights are clearly plotted along the way with the distances marked between them to help you plan your route. All of this invaluable information is contained within a handy plastic wallet that allows you to keep the guide and map together whilst ensuring that both will survive in all weather.