• Top beaches of Brazil

    Ipanema beach, Rio de Janeiro

    The beaches of Brazil boast some of the most beautiful sites in all the world. Here is a list of the top beaches you must visit in Brazil.

    Alter do Chao, Para

    This beach is not on the ocean. It is in fact located on the majestic Amazon and is home to some of the most beautiful sights to be had while working on your tan. Relax the day away and grill some local fish in this Golden Paradise.

    Arpoador, Rio de Janeiro

    It’s at the end of Ipanema near the Copacabana. Actually it is technically an extension of Ipanema Beach, but offers stunning views and cliffs to take your breath away. It’s open all night if you’re looking to go for a late night swim. And is home to some of the best waves for surfers in the world.  (more…)

  • “A Beautiful Horizone in Brazil” – Belo Horizonte

    Serra do Curral - Belo HorizonteBelo Horizonte is the capital of the state Minas Gerais in Brazil. “Beautiful Horizon” is the meaning of “Belo Horizonte”. This city is usually known as “BH” or “Beagá”. Belo Horizonte was created to replace the old capital (Ouro Preto). Belo Horizonte is one among those cities in Brazil, which were planned before their constructions. Infact it’s a city that was planned. In addition because of its neoclassic and modern day’s new features, Belo Horizonte could be known for its urban planning and for its buildings in Brazil.

    Visitors or tourists shouldn’t forget to visit the “Pampulha Center”. This is the site from the very initial revolutionary works associated with Oscar Niemeyer & Cândido Portinari, the well known architects of Brazil, also by the world famous landscaper Burle Marx and sculptor maker Ceschiatti. The chapel of São Francisco de Assis is also a nice place to visit. “The Yatch Club”, “the Art gallery of Belo Horizonte (Arts Museum)”, the memorial of Iemanjá, the Academy of Dance, Juscelino Kubitschek’s house, Zoo-Botanical Foundation, as well as the Mineirão and also Mineirinho stadiums, are the historical heritages of “Belo Horizonte”.  (more…)

  • 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…)

  • How to eat in Rio and Brazilian gastronomy

    How to eat in Rio and Brazilian gastronomy - Feijoada ingredientsRio de Janeiro is a city full of good restaurants. The city is not known for its high gastronomy but that is changing with time. Many colleges now have gastronomy courses and a brand new “Le Cordon Bleu” school has been opened in the city. While people that like fancy and very complex food might not be happy with the city restaurants, the “foodies” who are into homemade and typical dishes will be very pleased.

    But one question comes to mind, “What is the typical Brazilian food?”. It’s really hard to define what a typical Brazilian dish is. It’s such a large country that the food really varies from region to region. One thing is certain, there is much more than only rice and beans!

    Here are some dishes you might want to try.

    Carne-de-sol: It’s basically the Brazilian jerky, commonly used in the northeast. It’s a very dry and salty meat, present in many dishes.

    Bolo de rolo: Literally means “Rolled cake”. It’s a cake made out of Guava and very thin layers of cake. The guava filling melts in your mouth and makes a perfect balance with the cake layer.  (more…)

  • Hot Spots in Brazil and up-coming Sporting Events

    National Park Itatiaia - Véu de noiva waterfallBeautiful, energetic and vibrant environment, long and gorgeous “sun-kissing” shorelines are the identity of Brazil. Brazil is really a country which includes all this plus much more for the tourists from all over the world. The culture of the people regarding Brazil is extremely varied with a lot of influences. As the world’s fifth biggest country, Brazil possesses some of the most well-known attractions for its visitors coming here from all over the world. Let’s have a look on some of the most famous hot spots of Brazil, where anyone wants to visit.

    National Park “Itatiaia”

    Thought to be the earliest park in the country, it is situated near “Rio” and the waterfall named “Veu de Noiva” is the specialty of this park. A lot of bird lovers wish to begin their journey in Brazil from this park , because it has more than 250 beautiful and rare bird varieties. Visitors in the park can engage in different pursuits like climbing, hiking as well as trekking.

    Park of “Lagoa do Taquaral”

    Positioned at the Town of Campinas within Sao Paulo, the particular “Lagoa do Taquaral” area is really a gorgeous and also desirable urban lagoon. The area features of this park are a planetarium, a stadium, a museum of science, plus a children’s pool. In addition to these kinds of the park vacationers also can find kart and model airplane racing areas.  (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…)