Have a look at Dianne Parslow’s articles about her holiday in Brazil in 2007.
Part 1 (pdf) focuses on Rio de Janeiro.
Part 2 (pdf) focuses on Salvador. The discussion includes favelas (Brazilian shanty towns), caipirinha (the local drink) and the traditional dress (lacy off the shoulder top and a full skirt).
Part 3 (pdf) focuses on the Amazon region. The discussion includes village life in the Amazon as well as the city of Manaus.