• 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…)

  • Manaus: The Capital City of Amazonas

    Manaus: The Capital City of Amazonas - Crossing the AmazonasManaus is the capital city of the state “Amazonas” in Brazil. It has an area of about 11,401 square kilometers. Manaus is situated in the mid of the actual Amazon natural forest; Several airlines connect Manaus with the United States of America; European tourists might find safer to come to Manaus, instead of visiting Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. In the early period of the 20th century, Manaus grew to become really wealthy and also the most important cultural hub in Northern Brazil. The old rubber’s dreamed of modifying it into a Western fashion town along with a new name; the actual motion picture Fitzcarraldo provides an idea of just what exactly lifestyle was like in the rubber’s period.

    Opera House of Amazonas in ManausA reflection on this amount of opulence is to be found in the estates as well as monuments regarding Manaus, for example the “Opera House of Amazonas” opened up in 1896. Constructed with the aid of supplies and artists produced by European countries, its key place, in the form of an harp, can easily seat 640 men and women withinside the stalls. In 1965 it was declared as a part of the Brazil’s Countrywide Heritage and also has been opened after comprehensive renovating.  (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…)

  • Discover Guided Tours of Brazil

    Sugar Loaf at Rio de Janeiro - BrazilDuring the vacations of a lot of people, they don’t ever think about to travel to South America. However, you can find many guided tours to visit the countries of South America, which may provide you with an adventure of a lifetime and will definitely allow you to see new places. In South America, the guided tour of Brazil may be the one of the best and adventurous tour for you.

    In Brazil a lot of guided tours start from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s greatest city. After obtaining a residence, your tour guide may start your tour with a spectacular two-stage cable car tour of the Mountain of Sugar Loaf. Towards the top of the particular hill, you’ll take mountaintop photos of Rio de Janeiro city, wonderful Guanabara Bay and the beautiful Beach of Copacabana.

    Whilst your stay in Rio, many led trips are going to take you to see the particular places with the metropolis, which include a visit of world’s factory and store of Gemstone and Jewelry known as L. Stern Gemstone Factory. You can even visit the Mountain called Corcovado, climbing the particular mountain using a cog railway. At the pinnacle, the site with the statue of Christ the Redeemer, sitting at a height of 2,300 ft above the town. From here you will have a 360 degree bird’s eye view of the city of Rio de Janeiro and its surroundings.

    While in Rio de Janeiro, many carefully well taken trips can familiarize you with traditional Brazilian delicacies, shopping locations, music spots and locations for further searching along with sightseeing all yourself.  (more…)

  • Things to know about vacationing in Brazil

    Things to know about vacationing in Brazil - Rio de JaneiroBrazil is the fifth largest country in the world. And home to some of the greatest beaches in the world. It is the future home of the 2014 World Cup and Olympic Games 2016 and known for its fabulous Carnival celebrations. If you are planning a trip to Brazil in the near future here are some tips for you.

    Language

    The main language is Portuguese but in many of the tourist areas they will also speak English and Spanish. The Portuguese they speak in Brazil is however different from traditional Portuguese spoken in Portugal. It is a separate dialect.

    History

    It was colonized by the Portuguese during the Colonization Period and did not receive its independence until the 1800’s. Much of the Portuguese culture can still be seen today. Many other European countries tried to colonize the area but thanks to a treaty in 1700’s, Portugal was given all of Brazil. Brazil received its independence from Portugal in 1822.  (more…)

  • Different resorts in Brazil

    Beach Resort Brazil (by filipe frade)

    Where you stay is important. The food, the room, the pool, the amenities. Don’t forget the recreational extras as well. Here is a review of some of the best resorts in Brazil.

    Vila Gale Cumbuco

    A quiet private resort for families or romantic couples. The resort has 465 rooms and bungalows available. It is home to the Satsanga Spa and is located on the Cumbuco Beach. It has areas for children, 5 restaurants, and pool. This all inclusive resort has everything you need.

    Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort

    This all inclusive resort is for guests 18 years of age or older. It is located in the south of Brazil and is considered on of the most romantic getaways. It has natural bungalows with fantastic views of the ocean. For an extra charge you can also enjoy a candle lit dinner in the gazebo, treatments at the Christian Dior Spa, or enjoy one of their fabulous massage tents.  (more…)