Exciting Brazil gaining in popularity
The South American nation of Brazil offers excitement and adventure in abundance, which may explain why it is becoming increasingly popular among foreign visitors.
As the largest nation in South America, Brazil has the diversity to offer something to even the most discerning overland tours customers.
From the beaches and excitement of a Rio carnival package to the all-out adventure of adventure tours in the jungle, the country is a thrill-seeker's paradise.
This may explain why it has become increasingly popular with foreign visitors in recent times, with Brits and other nationalities looking to make the most of their holidays in this tough financial climate.
Embratur is the government department responsible for tourism and it began taking records of visitor numbers in 2003, reports homesgofast.com.
Since then, it has noted a steady increase in holidaymakers coming from abroad, but the largest rise has been noted this year.
The website revealed that visitor numbers in 2011 were up by approximately 14 per cent year-on-year to nine million, compared to 2010's 7.9 million.
Furthermore, the amount of money being spent by foreign travellers is also up notably to almost $5 billion (£3.14 billion) - a 15.6 per cent increase on 2010's statistics, according to the Central Bank of Brazil.
Indeed, foreign exchange transactions in September alone saw visitors change $521 million of overseas currency for the real of Brazil - up from $454 million in the same month last year and a record annual rise since 2003.
These figures led Embratur president Flavio Dino to claim that 2011 has been the best year ever for Brazilian tourism.
With the country set to host the football World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016, the future looks bright for the nation in terms of tourism.
However, even without these massive events, Brazil is perfect for overland South America trips thanks to its stunning scenery, amazing wildlife, rich culture and plethora of attractions and activities.