THE BIGGEST, THE LARGEST AND LONGEST IN BRAZIL
Largest Urban Forest in the World : Tijuca Forest in Rio de Janeiro
Home to hundreds of species of plants and wildlife, many threatened by extinction, found only in the Atlantic Rainforest, this is the world's largest urban forest, covering some 3,200 hectares. Its historical attractions and enchanting nooks are well worth a leisurely visit. Just a short drive from the financial center downtown, the North Zone and Rio's smart beach districts, its attractions include the Cascatinha Waterfallll, the Mayrink Chapel, the Excelsior Lookout Point, the Paul and Virginia Grotto, Fairy Lake and, all favorite destinations for weekend family outings.

The state with the largest concentration of Golf Courses
Bahia is the main destination in Brazil for the golf players. There are 5 resorts with Golf courses : Transamerica Comandatuba, Club Med Trancoso and Itaparica, Costa do Sauipe and Iberostar Praia do Forte.
Terra Vista is considered the most enchanting and challenging golf course in South America. Situated on the southern coast of Bahia overlooking the colorful cliffs of Trancoso, Terravista harmoniously combines the region’s natural contours, vegetation and landscape with a first rate golf course. Designed and built by the world renowned North American architect Dan Blankenship, Terravista exceeds all expectations.

The longest wave of the planet
The pororoca is a tidal bore, with waves up to 4 meters high that travel as much as 13 kilometers inland upstream on the Amazon River. The name comes from the indigenous Tupi language, where it translates into “great destructive noise”. It occurs at the mouth of the river where river water meets the Atlantic Ocean. The phenomenon is best seen in February and March.
Currently, the longest wave ride on the Pororoca is of the Brazilian surfer, Picuruta Salazar. He rode the wave for 35 minutes, covering a distance of 12.2 km on the source of River Araguar, in Amapá

World Largest River
Amazonia is a region full of superlatives: the biggest tropical rain forest and the largest river : The Amazonas River. It is the champion in water volume – equivalent to 20% of the inland waters. In terms of extension, it occupies the second position with 6,400 km, just behind the Nile River. There are parts of the river with a length of 200km from one bank to another.

Biggest Road
The BR-116, with paved 4571 kilometers which crosses 9 states, with beautiful sections like the Orgaos Mountain Range, close to Rio de Janeiro.

Biggest Sanctuary
Aparecida, 185 km from Sao Paulo, is the destination of the biggest Religious Festival in Brazil. It is seat of the Basilica de Aparecida, dedicated to the Official Patron Saint of Brazil, Nossa Senhora Aparecida (Our Lady Aparecida). Origin of name: the word Aparecida, in Portuguese, means "appeared". It's a reference to the fact that a statue of Our Lady "appeared" in the river (see History below), without nobody dropping it there. There are other cities called Aparecida in Brazil, both because of the influence of this Aparecida, and also because there are other cases of statues or other symbols "appearing" without explanation.

Biggest Castle
There are only a few but we still have them. The biggest one is Barão de Itaipava Castle in Itaipava, Petropolis. It was built in 1920 by the Smith de Vasconcelos Baron in medieval style. The material was brought from Europe – Portuguese stones, Italian marble, stained glass from Austria. In total, 42 rooms. It is not open for visits.

The largest zoo in diversity in Latin America
The white tigers can be the most popular animals, but the Sao Paulo Zoo (www.zoologico.sp.gov.br) has more than 3,200 animals from 444 species, within an area of 824 square meters. For these reasons, it is considered the largest zoo in diversity in Latin America. The Giant Anteater and “Gibão” monkey are also very popular. Since its foundation in 1958, the zoo had more than 77 millions of visitors. Tip : avoid the peak time and visit the Zoo on Friday evening to observe the 20 species which only appear after sunset.

Biggest Shopping Mall in Latin America
The Aricanduva (www.aricanduva.com.br) shopping Mall is located East Zone of Sao Paulo. Actually it is a complex of 3 units : the East Shopping (clothes, restaurant and supermarket), the Interlar (only furniture) and Auto Shopping (with 15 car agencies). In total, 365 thousand square meters, 400 shops, 3 food courts and 14 cinemas.

Biggest Gay Parade of the World
The Sao Paulo LGBT Pride Parade, the biggest LGBT event in the world, is an annual event which had its first edition in 1997. An estimated 3,4 million attended the 2009 LGBT pride parade. The starting point is at Paulista Avenue ending at Roosevelt square. Traditionally it takes place during the Corpus Christi holiday, generally in June.

Biggest playground in a hotel
The Royal Palm Plaza (www.royalpalmhoteis.com.br) in Campinas, state of Sao Paulo, located 100km from the capital, has the biggest area dedicated for children: The Miniville park has 3,000 square meters

Biggest Hotel and Biggest Convention Center
Holiday Inn Anhembi (www.holidayinn.com.br) occupies the first position with 780 rooms on 13 floors and direct access to the Parque Anhembi Convention center. Everything is big at Parque Anhembi, including its parking lot, Latin America's largest with room for 7,500 cars. www.anhembi.com.br

Biggest Arena in the World
Parque do Peão (www.independentes.com.br) , located in Barretos, state of Sao Paulo. It was designed by the famous Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer, with capacity for 35,000 people.

Largest Religious Party
Besides the legends of the Iara and Vitória Régia, Belém is known for the Círio de Nazeré feast, which happens every year in October. The procession, which nowadays gathers 1.5 to 2 million faithful, is one of the largest catholic manifestations of the country. The greatest possible proof of devotion to the saint, is touching the rope hanging from the platform on which Our Lady of Nazareth (Nossa Senhora de Nazaré, in Portuguese), is based.

The Largest fluvial island in the World
Bananal Island is the largest fluvial island in the world, 350 km long and 55 km wide. Its total area is 19,162.25 km², twice the size of Lebanon or Jamaica. The northern third of the island is a national park which is a very popular destination for ecotourism. The southern two thirds are reserved as indígena land for the native tribes of the region. Although Brazilians of non-native descent lived on the island in the past, today only natives populate the island. At least four tribes live on Bananal Island: the Javaés, Karajá, Ava-Canoeiro, and Tuxá. There are sixteen aldeias or villages on the island