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    Posted June 18, 2013 by
    são paulo
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    What do you love most about Brazil?

    Beautiful seacoast and great food!


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     GEOVANE took these photos in Ilha Grande in February of 2011. He wanted to show the other side of Brazil, away from the famous tourists hot-spots of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

    Ilha Grande, which means Big Island in Portuguese, is located off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state, and is famous for its scenic beauty, tropical beaches and rugged terrain.

    The entire island is a protected area, and hosts one of the most pristine remnants of Brazil's Atlantic rainforest, as well as many endangered species. Cars are banned, but small-scale ecotourism is encouraged.
    - Milena7, CNN iReport producer

    Brazil is well-known for Rio de Janeiro's landscape and São Paulo megalopolis. But Brazil has more than 33.000 km of coastline with a thousand different islands and beaches, like Ilha Grande (near RJ), where you can party, relax, enjoy the nature or do all of this at the same time. It's important also to say that the country is huge and being that it has a mosaic of different cultural influences in people's behavior, accent, music and specially food. In São Paulo, you will find the best pizza in the world (as we believe so), because of the massive italian influence. In the cities by the coast, the seafood is incredible tasty, with different dishes like Bobó and Moqueca, where you will find African roots. Obviously, it is also the case for Feijoada, our national dish. But don't forget to try Pão de Queijo, an essencial part of our out-of-home breakfast and other regional food. Surely you will be overwhelmed by Brazilian's coast and food!
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