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Brazil by Train

By Paige, Nicaragua, September 2012

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Brazil’s rail system was once extensive, built in the 1800s largely to accommodate the coffee trade and enormous rural population. By the middle of the 20th century, the drop in coffee prices, migration of wealthy landowners to the city, and rising automotive imports conspired to make the rail lines largely unprofitable.

Currently, it’s impossible to travel around the country by rail, though a recent revival in train travel has re-opened a couple of passenger routes and several “tourist trains” taking in Brazil’s astounding scenery.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Brazil Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Brazil.

Photo courtesy of Jeff Belmonte via Flickr.

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