• Brasilia – Federal Capital of Brazil

    Pontão do Lago Sul, Brasília

    Brasilia is actually the capital of Brazil. It is home to the major foreign embassies and headquarters of many of the major businesses in Brazil as well. It was finalized in 1960 as the capital of Brazil. It holds many beautiful architectural wonders to be seen and enjoyed.

    History and Legands

    The city was originally built in 1891 so that the capital could be moved from Rio de Janiero. This was to encourage migration westward in Brazil. Supposedly, Italian saint Don Bosco dreamed of a futuristic city in 1883 which fit the description of Brasila. He stated “between parallels 15 and 20, around a lake which shall be fored; great civilization will thrive and that will be the promisd land.” He is now remembered throughout the city.  (more…)

  • Fortaleza, the fifth largest city in Brazil

    Fortaleza, Ceara - the fifth largest city in BrazilLocated in the Northeastern area of Brazil, Fortaleza is the fifth largest city in Brazil. It is the future home of the 2014 FIFA world cup. It is also the home to the statue of Iracema, Mucuripe Beach, and the Lighthouse Museum.

    History

    Fortaleza was discovered in 1500 by a Spanish explorer, Vicente Pizon. He named the area Santa Maria de la Consolacion.  Unfortunately due to the treaty of Tordesillas, the Spanish were not able to colonize the area. The Portuguese began colonizing the area in 1603. The Dutch tried to take over for awhile but the Portuguese managed to expel them. By 1800 the area was considered an urban center with Fortaleza as its capital. The city has continued to grow throughout the centuries since.

    Dance

    Many different forms of dance have originated in Fortaleza. Bumba-meu-boi or oi Ceara are songs and dances of Portuguese roots that are part of a religious cult to the ox. Tore is a dance originated by the tremembes. Voileiros, emboladores and cantadores are very popular types of music in the North and known for the social criticism. Maracatu is a dance celebrated during the Carnivals of the Baque Virado or Nacao lines. Danca do coco is an Afro-Brazilian dance very popular on the beaches.  (more…)

  • Salvador de Bahia

    Salvador de BahiaIf you are to visit South America, come see the most visited nation, Brazil. Brazil is known to be the largest country in South America, and is the world’s 5th largest country both by geographical and population. It is extremely filled with fun and adventure that both culture and its tourist’s places offer. Surely there are so many places to visit and experience in Brazil, one of them is “Salvador da Bahia“.

    “Cidade de São Salvador da Bahia de Todos os Santos” in English translates to: “City of the Holy Saviour of the Bay of all Saints.” More to its translation it is also famous to be Brazil’s Capital of Happiness and this is because people here are easy going and you will definitely find frequent outdoor parties including very festive street carnivals.  (more…)

  • How to use public transportation in Rio de Janeiro

    Urban traffic - streets of Rio de JaneiroFor any person that is travelling to a town by themselves, knowing how to get around is very important. Renting a car can be very expensive and not always you will have a guide to show you around. This article will cover some basics about the public transportation in Rio, what you should and what you should not do. As well as giving you some very important information on how they work.

    Bus

    The bus is the most used method of public transport in Rio. You should try to avoid taking the bus in the rush hour. If you need to take a bus during the rush hour, try choosing a bus line that doesn’t pass through the city center. The combination of a packed bus and the summer heat is not a pleasant experience, you should try to avoid it.  (more…)

  • City of São Paulo in Brazil

    City of São Paulo in BrazilSão Paulo is the most significant and the biggest city in Brazil and also throughout South America as well as the 7th biggest city in the world. São Paulo is also known as “Sampa” is the greatest financial center in Brazil and it is home to plenty of foreign businesses and the 2nd greatest stock exchange in the Americas. This specific vibrant town with a lot of skyscrapers is a main visitor heart in Brazil which is famous for its museums, buildings, buying, restaurants, night-life and also for football craze. However, the weather of this city is unpredictable. Please keep reading for the explanation associated with a few of the known attractions in Sao Paulo for the tourist’s.

    Visiting to galleries and museums is probably one of the chosen and most favored activity in Sao Paulo, and that is considered to be the actual cultural coronary center of Brazil. Art Museum of São Paulo (Museu de Arte de São Paulo), which is situated on “Paulista Avenue” is the biggest central museum (art gallery) in Latin America. The angular and huge building of (Museu de Arte de São Paulo) is popularly known as MASP. It is recognized for its amazing choices of impressionist and beautiful paintings of the artists of Brazil, African and European countries. São Paulo offers excellent shopping or buying opportunities and also “Avenida Paulista” appears to be the very best place for this purpose. This particular and big business heart with a lot of skyscrapers, dining places, retailers, bookstores as well as banking and financial institutions furthermore includes MASP and also the House regarding Roses.  (more…)