The Brazilian capital was designed in the 1950s, with many striking structures by famed architect Oscar Niemeyer
The Brazilian beaches plagued by a spate of shark attacks
World Cup chaos?
It is only two years until the 2014 Fifa World Cup comes to Brazil. Will it be ready?
An Olympian stink
Rio de Janeiro hosts the Games in 2016 - but will its sewerage system be up to scratch?
The city with 180km traffic jams
Driving in Sao Paulo, where queues in the city regularly top 100 miles, is a major headache
Brazil's street food
Brazil's rich gastronomy reflects its history, mixing local, African and European flavours
Down to the dumps
The abseiling clean-up crew clearing Brazil's hillside rubbish
One Square Mile of Brazil
Deep in the Amazon rainforest is a point where Brazil meets Colombia and Peru
Dilma Rousseff became Brazil's first woman president in 2010. How well has she done?