The capital of Egypt, Cairo means “conqueror”, which explains why it’s the biggest city in the Arab world and in the African continent. Situated on the margins and islands of the River Nile, Cairo is the largest metropolis in Africa, with 19.5 million inhabitants (20.5, if we include the metropolitan area). Its dry climate produces very hot summers, while its winters are mild. In general, Cairo is very pleasant for tourist trips, both in the summer, when the weather is very dry and it hardly ever rains, and in the winter, when some heavier rainfalls sometimes occur.
Anyone who has been to Buenos Aires surely wants to return there. One of the most charming destinations in the world, Argentina’s capital and largest city is considered the most European city in America, thanks to its climate, preservation of colonial architecture, urbanization, clean streets, and also the way Argentineans dress.
Canada’s capital and fourth largest city, Ottawa is situated south of the Ottawa River, at 190 kilometers from Montreal and 400 kilometers from Toronto, two better known cities. Having the highest standard of living in the country, and the lowest unemployment rate, Ottawa has the highest educational level in Canada, being home to important teaching institutions. With a little over 930 thousand inhabitants, the Canadian capital has a temperate climate, with temperatures ranging from -46.1⁰C to 39.5⁰C. While the summers are quite hot and humid, in the autumn and winter the city is covered in ice and snow, being the world’s seventh coldest capital city. But this doesn’t make it less welcoming and attractive to Brazilians.
Make no mistake about the 9.7 million inhabitants registered in Tokyo, about half of Rio de Janeiro’s population. This is because Japan’s capital has the most densely populated urban area on the planet – if we consider the Metropolitan Region – with 37 million people illuminated by the place that also boasts another title: the highest concentration of neon lights in the world, as easy to see as the volume of people in its streets. The glow of neon is reminiscent of fire, and also of a Phoenix that rose from ashes, just like Tokyo, devastated twice and twice rebuilt, each time more imposingly.
A favorite destination for Brazilians, Colonia del Sacramento, in Uruguay, has a privileged location and many attractions, which explains its success in the touristic sector. Situated only an hour away by ferry from Buenos Aires, and two hours away by car from Montevideo, the country’s capital, the lovely city, restored and constantly preserved since 1969, offers beaches, museums, and 12 hectares of historical streets along the margins of the La Plata River, in the Peninsula of San Gabriel.