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Frei Antonio Vieira, a 17th-century missionary and preacher, once said that Brazil has “the body of America and the soul of Africa.” Indeed. South America’s largest nation has the world’s largest population of black people outside of the African continent, and the world’s second biggest black population after Nigeria. It is not surprising, then, that Brazilian culture is heavily shaped by the enslaved Africans who were brought there during the slave trade. From the food and the music to the lovely shades of brown skin present in Brazil’s streets, the African diaspora is felt and seen everywhere. Add in a plethora of beautiful beaches, a weak currency, and epic scenery like Sugarloaf Mountain, and a Brazilian getaway is a no-brainer for the African-American traveler.