Brazil's not just preparing to host both the World Cup and the Summer Olympics--it's an emerging superpower that's ready to take its turn at the center of global attention. Guided by Lonely Planet travel writer Regis St. Louis, come discover this dynamic economic and cultural force. Explore landscapes of unparalleled natural beauty, from the Amazon rainforest to Bahia's and Rio's sublime beaches to the breathtaking magnificence of Iguassu Falls. Visit man-made marvels like the modernist masterpieces of architect Oscar Niemeyer. Meet a population of remarkable diversity and character, with a unique mix of cultures that has given birth to carnaval, a world-famous cuisine, and the "beautiful game" that is Brazilian soccer.