Brazilian society is made up of descendants of migrants from Europe, Africa, and Asia. The smallest ethnic group is the 320,000 Indigenous Indians, the original Brazilians.
Poor people in rural Brazil do not have enough land. Many lose their homes and incomes and have to move to the large cities along the coast. São Paulo is the world’s second largest city with over 14 million residents. There are shortages of houses and jobs, sanitation is poor, and extreme poverty is widespread. Many children live as street kids.
The climate makes it possible for Brazilians to spend a lot of time outside, among lots of people. Perhaps this is why Brazilians are known for their sociable, outdoor way of life. In the cities, offers of tea and coffee, and lots of ‘papo’, (chit-chat), are a regular occurrence.
You can use your international cellular phone rental to get closer to the people of Brazil.