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View Poll Results: Brazil vs. Colombia? Which would you prefer spending time in?
Brazil 39 52.70%
Colombia 35 47.30%
Voters: 74. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-22-2012, 03:44 AM
 
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I assume Brazil will probably win this, as it is the much bigger country. Salvador did win over Cartagena on the other thread as well. However, I might be surprised, so still want to see the results of the poll.

Which country would you prefer to spend more time? Colombia or Brazil?

What always appealed to me about Colombia, is it's always seemed to be the closest to a spanish-speaking version of Brazil. Colombia also does seem to attract it's loyalists as well.

I'd personally go for Brazil myself though. Nontheless, hope to open up the poll and see what the rest of you say.
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:34 AM
 
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A difference that I perceive is that Brazil is more dominated by a younger demographic, intent on bring Brazil into a more modern world. Colombia, on the other hand, is more traditionalist, with more of an emphasis on preserving the qualities that made Colombia distinctive. Colombia has a pride in what it has been, Brazil more of a pride in what it thinks it can become.

I think I'd rather be a part of Colombia, in that respect.
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Old 06-23-2012, 05:26 PM
 
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A difference that I perceive is that Brazil is more dominated by a younger demographic, intent on bring Brazil into a more modern world. Colombia, on the other hand, is more traditionalist, with more of an emphasis on preserving the qualities that made Colombia distinctive. Colombia has a pride in what it has been, Brazil more of a pride in what it thinks it can become.

I think I'd rather be a part of Colombia, in that respect.
That's interesting where you went with your conclusion.

The first paragraph was a selling point for Brazil, in my mind. I've always been amazed at how Brazil seems way out there with ideas...similar to West Coast USA, it seems. I kinda like that.
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:43 AM
 
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A difference that I perceive is that Brazil is more dominated by a younger demographic, intent on bring Brazil into a more modern world. Colombia, on the other hand, is more traditionalist, with more of an emphasis on preserving the qualities that made Colombia distinctive. Colombia has a pride in what it has been, Brazil more of a pride in what it thinks it can become.

I think I'd rather be a part of Colombia, in that respect.
Absolutely right. Brazil, for all its fist pumping, is an extremely insecure nation, and has always been out to "prove" itself. It is constantly looking to grown and to better itself, but because it sees itself as nothing, not because it should look for growth.

I can't answer the question, because while I know many things about Brazil, my mind draws frequent blanks on Colombia. Still, the little I've read is absolutely fascinating. The history and culture of that country is so underrated, in part due to Brazil
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:05 AM
 
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I can't answer the question, because while I know many things about Brazil, my mind draws frequent blanks on Colombia. Still, the little I've read is absolutely fascinating. The history and culture of that country is so underrated, in part due to Brazil

When I was traveling around in South America...it seemed like the biggest party areas were Brazil...than it was people talking about getting to Colombia. Peru had some great partying as well, but everyone I'd met in Peru who'd previously been in Colombia, continously raged on about it.

That being said, I missed experiencing Colombia, but I did experience Venezuela. I did not like Venezuala at all. It left such a bad taste in my mouth, I still associate the possibility that Colombia has the potential to be every bit as sinister as Venezuela seemed.

Brazil, on the other hand, while it has it's social ills, I still absolutely loved it.
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:22 AM
 
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When I was traveling around in South America...it seemed like the biggest party areas were Brazil...than it was people talking about getting to Colombia. Peru had some great partying as well, but everyone I'd met in Peru who'd previously been in Colombia, continously raged on about it.

That being said, I missed experiencing Colombia, but I did experience Venezuela. I did not like Venezuala at all. It left such a bad taste in my mouth, I still associate the possibility that Colombia has the potential to be every bit as sinister as Venezuela seemed.

Brazil, on the other hand, while it has it's social ills, I still absolutely loved it.
Venezuela is dangerous and Caracas is a powder keg...unfortunately.

Colombia is a little different, and from what I gather, the two don't like each other all that much, despite being so similar.

I feel bad for Peru. Always overlooked and everyone that I know that went said the people were BUSTED!
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Old 06-24-2012, 05:46 AM
 
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Brazil of course. It's obviously way bigger, more interesting culture.etc. Colombia is also more dangerous than Brazil, which is saying a lot.
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:44 AM
 
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Brazil of course. It's obviously way bigger, more interesting culture.etc. Colombia is also more dangerous than Brazil, which is saying a lot.

I don't think Colombia is more dangerous than Brasil. If anything the major cities in Brasil are more dangerous for a tourist than Colombia.

Back when I had the choice, I went for Colombia. Colombia is a great country and I really like everything about it from the Vallenato to the Bandeja Paisa to the Aguila beer. I'd go to Brasil in a heartbeat though and it is probably #1 on my bucketlist now. Nothin better than Bossa Nova.
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:02 PM
 
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I don't think Colombia is more dangerous than Brasil. If anything the major cities in Brasil are more dangerous for a tourist than Colombia.

Back when I had the choice, I went for Colombia. Colombia is a great country and I really like everything about it from the Vallenato to the Bandeja Paisa to the Aguila beer. I'd go to Brasil in a heartbeat though and it is probably #1 on my bucketlist now. Nothin better than Bossa Nova.
There is something pretty amazing about listening to Brazilian music, even moreso when in Brazil. I've never quite the same way about various music in Spanish quite the same way.
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Old 06-26-2012, 03:43 AM
 
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I'd rather visit Colombia. Brazil, for me, seems vastly overrated. I don't think Brazil, outside of Brasilia, Sao Paolo, and Rio, is as liberal and open as Americans make it out to be. I just don't see that at all. It's like Europeans thinking the US is party central and have only spent time in New York, Miami Beach, or L.A. Crime wise I might get away with being safe on account of that every Latin American friend I' ve had says I look like a light-medium tanned Mexican plus not speaking a single word of Portuguese puts me in a vulnerable position. I only know ola, não, sim and ladrão
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