• Pele’s son Edinho sentenced to 33 years in prison

    Pele - Brazil´s Soccer Legend @ WikipediaThe son of Brazilian soccer legend Pele has been sentenced to 33 years in prison after being found guilty of laundering money for an alleged drug cartel. Edinho, full name Edson Cholbi do Nascimento, like his father was a soccer professional and played goalkeeper for the same team like his father, Santos.

    Edinho, who played goalkeeper and retired in the 1990s has had his share of run-ins with the law. His retirement came after a conviction of killing a motorcyclist although the decision was later overturned. He was first arrested in 2005 for drug trafficking offences and served a prison sentence.  (more…)

  • Bay of the kings Angra dos Reis

    Bay of the kings Angra dos ReisAngra dos Reis is located in southern part in Rio de Janeiro state of Brazil. It is mainly known as Brazilian municipality having 365 islands. Angra dos Reis is very popular to the tourists because there have plenty of beaches around the area.

    Angra dos Reis were discovered on January 6, 1502. Today this municipality has become a main point for the tourism. Because it has almost two hundred beaches filled with natural beauty, legends and social events.

    Ilha grade is best among all the islands. It is considered the paradise of adventure. Not only had the title of adventure but also it played an important role in Brazilian historical culture scenario. Once this islands was busiest islands because it was the part of the Fluminense coast. Mainly Angra dos Reis are located between the state of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.  (more…)

  • Enjoy a Luxurious VIP Trip to the 2014 World Cup Soccer Event in Brazil

    Enjoy a Luxurious VIP Trip to the 2014 World Cup Soccer Event in BrazilWith the 2014 World Cup more than 20 months away and massive interest for the international event, Roadtrips has already vetted and secured the best travel arrangements for its guests:

    Premium hotel accommodations at the Copacabana Palace, Brazil’s most iconic property. The luxury sports travel specialist now unveils the ultimate getaway to the soccer competition, a unique 11-day experience that combines VIP access to the semifinals and final, first-class lodging, high-end transportation solutions, private tours of the city, and memorable explorations of the Amazon.

    The new package, part of Roadtrips’ Luxe Collection, includes the following exclusive components:  (more…)

  • Salvador de Bahia, capital of all happiness

    Praia do Farol da Barra - Salvador de BahiaSalvador de Bahia is the City of the Holy Saviour of the Bay of all Saints. Or Brazil’s capital of all happiness if you prefer. It is located on a small peninsula between Todos os Santos Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The bay was discovered on All Saints Day.

    History

    The area was colonized by the Portuguese in 1500 by Pedro Ivares Cabral. The city was established in 1549 by Tome de Sousa who would be the first Governor-General of Brazil. The colony was built on a high cliff with views of All Saints Bay. It was one of the first major ports in Brazil. The area was settled by many Dutch and Jewish immigrants between the 1600’s and the 1800’s. The area still remained mostly Catholic and became the first Catholic bishopric of Brazil in 1552. Today it is still one of the most holy cities in Brazil. It was the original capital of Brazil until 1763.  The area was liberated from Portuguese control on July 2, 1823. It has recently been rebuilt to become a major tourist area.

    Beaches

    The whole area of Salvador de Bahia is surrounded by beaches. Porto da Barra Beach was named the 3rd best beach in the world in 2007 by the Guardian. It was very popular in the 60’s as a hangout for Tropicalistas Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil and today continues to be a popular hangover for local musicians. The water is very calm but the beaches do get crowded, especially on the weekends. Some of the other beaches you should visit include Farol da Barra, Itapoan, Farol de Itapoan, and Piata. Some of these beaches have some rough surf but you can still sit back and enjoy the views of the lighthouses.  (more…)

  • Copacabana and the famous beach

    Copacabana Beach Rio de JaneiroCopacabana is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro and also one of the most famous symbols of this city and Brazil. And why is that? It’s nothing new that it has one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and it also is the most famous one.

    Copacabana is a traditional neighborhood in the south zone of Rio, right next to Ipanema and Leme.

    Copacabana beach has a 4-kilometer shore, where the bright sand is white and soft. It counts with a large extension so everyone can enjoy the light breeze that comes from the sea, or sunbathe with an amazing view of the ocean. One of Copacabana beach’s trademarks is its sidewalk. The pattern in form of waves in Portuguese pavement is recognized all over the world.

    If you’re an athletic person, the beach has volleyball and soccer fields so people can practice these sports in this natural environment. The beach holds international soccer and volleyball championships every year.

    Another way to exercise and practice sports is possible in Copacabana beach. There are bike paths alongside the beach that are used by cyclists or runners.  (more…)

  • 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…)