If you have read my last blog titled ‘Discover the New World’ you will definitely know as to which is the journey that I am talking about here and which is this New World. If you haven’t read my earlier blog, I will want you to read it before you start reading this one. We have embarked upon an amazing and adventurous journey into the wonder continent of South America. ‘Discover the New World’ is the prequel to this blog which introduces you to this incredible continent, which has so much to offer. It’s indeed a colourful collage of great history, stunningly astonishing geography, amazing culture, mesmerising music and dances and unique gastronomy. Long distance of travelling and very little knowhow about South America in India makes this land even more mysterious, exciting and irresistible to explore. Each country of South America has its unique assets and natural and man-made attractions.
Each nation has its own history and its own soul which makes every nation so special.
The largest country in South America is Brazil. Brazil is a vital member of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) which together forms the set of fast growing and developing economies of the world. Brazil is famous for its Carnivals and world class beaches. The Carnivals in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo are one of the biggest and greatest events happening in the world. The beaches of Copa Cabana and Ipanema are amongst the longest, cleanest and the most beautiful on earth. The awe-inspiring mammoth statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Here on the Corcovado Hill, Lord Jesus Christ stands with his both arms stretched wide open, overlooking the marvellous city of Rio de Janeiro. Probably Christ the Redeemer is an absolutely stunning interpretation of Christ’s message ‘Forgive and Forget’. Probably this is what he wants to convey as he welcomes everyone who seeks his blessings and mercy with his arms wide open. The stunning Iguassu Waterfalls located on the borders of Brazil and Argentina is one of the most imposing and panoramic physical interpretations of the mighty and powerful nature. Brazil is also very famous for its native Salsa Dance, Football, Favelas, the astounding Amazon River and the deepest and the most mysterious Amazon Rain Forest.
Argentina is yet another one of the most charming and beautiful countries on the planet. Argentina being very famous for the Silver deposits the name ‘Argentina’ is derived from the Latin word ‘Argentum’ which is also the chemical name for the element Silver. Argentina is a country which has seen some of the greatest revolutions and revolutionaries. Do you know some of the most famous Argentinians? Oh, definitely you do! Che Guevara, whose very famous photo appears on T-Shirts, was a great revolutionary, who started one of the biggest revolutions in the history of Latin America in association with Fidel Castro of Cuba. Pope Francis is an Argentinian and the very first pontiff from South America to become the Pope. When we think of Argentina, one more very graceful and elegant personality who comes to our mind is Evita Peron. Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina is one of the most developed and modern cities, identifying itself very closely with a European styled city in the southern hemisphere. The colourful neighbourhood of La Boca is an absolutely delightful sight to see and to be at!
South America has given some great women leaders to the world. Prominent amongst them are Brazilian President Ms Dilma Rousseff, Chilean President Ms Michelle Bachelet and the Argentinian President Ms Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. These women have literally inspired and set benchmarks for leaders around the world.
Haven spoken about two of the largest countries of South America, there is so much more to talk about the other comparatively smaller but equally rich and diverse countries of the continent. Let’s meet again in my forthcoming blog to dive deeper into this wonderland. Till then, Adios!