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Fortaleza: The Beaches

Apr 08, 11 Fortaleza: The Beaches

Posted by in beaches, Fortaleza & Ceara, Where to Go

What you are likely to see of the city of Fortaleza are the beaches and coastal roads that span the nearly 40 kilometers of urban coastline. This coastline is divided into two parts: east and west of the lighthouse. The east side is where you find most of the hotels, the active boardwalk of Meireles and the restaurant-filled area of...

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Amazon Jungle Excursions Near Manaus

Mar 22, 11 Amazon Jungle Excursions Near Manaus

Posted by in amazon, Excursions, Where to Go

As already noted, most jungle lodges and floating hotels will offer packages that include everything, including your jungle excursions. However, if you stay in town and end up planning your own excursions, you should be careful when shopping for a tour agency. Remember that the best ones are certified by EMBRATUR or the city’s own...

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Fortaleza, Brazil: Planning Your Time

Mar 18, 11 Fortaleza, Brazil: Planning Your Time

Posted by in Fortaleza & Ceara, Where to Go

The French pirates who navigated the waters around Fortaleza in the 1500s, were so enchanted by the place that they made it a main base of operation for years. Legend has it that they buried treasure in the coastal dunes, although you don’t see locals digging around in search of it. There are more obvious treasures available for...

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South of Recife: Porto de Galinhas

Feb 23, 11 South of Recife: Porto de Galinhas

Posted by in beaches, Recife / Pernambuco, Where to Go

Easily the most sought-after destination on the coast of Pernambuco, Porto de Galinhas has grown into a high-volume tourist village with dozens of hotels, resorts, restaurants and, of course, beaches to explore. During the summer months, weekends in the village can get pretty crowded. In fact, it’s best to avoid weekends...

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Samba, Bossa Nova and Brazilian Pop & Country Music

Feb 23, 11 Samba, Bossa Nova and Brazilian Pop & Country Music

Posted by in music, Things Brazilian

One of Brazil’s greatest national treasures is its musical heritage. The uniquely Brazilian forms of Samba and Bossa Nova are recognized the world over. But Brazil has many musical traditions, including country, Afro-Brazilian, and pop. And there’s nothing like a little Brazilian Rap or Hip-Hop to start your day. Brazilian...

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Florianopolis: Planning Your Time

Feb 13, 11 Florianopolis: Planning Your Time

Posted by in Forianopolis, Where to Go

The Island of Santa Catarina is like a small country. It’s so big and diverse that it contains within it, many smaller territories, towns and neighborhoods, each with a unique personality. It has a downtown area (the city of Florianópolis), at least four smaller town centers, an international airport, 100 beaches (from urbanized...

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Manaus & Central Amazon: Planning Your Time

Feb 06, 11 Manaus & Central Amazon: Planning Your Time

Posted by in amazon

One of the most memorable things about a visit to the Amazon is what you hear in the jungle. There are the mysterious sounds inside the forest at night, when the many nocturnal creatures are roaming about, and at sunrise, when a myriad of birds take off over the jungle canopy. Some of the jungle birds are remarkably vocal, such as...

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South of Maceio: Praia do Frances

Feb 06, 11 South of Maceio: Praia do Frances

Posted by in alagoas, beaches

In the 1980s, Praia do Francês was a major attraction on the coast of Alagoas. Despite its name (which simply pays homage to the French pirates who traded in these parts in the 16th century), the destination was particularly frequented by Portuguese and Italian tourists, as well as vacationers from inside Brazil. It consists of a...

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South of Maceio: Barra de Sao Miguel & Gunga

Feb 03, 11 South of Maceio: Barra de Sao Miguel & Gunga

Posted by in alagoas, beaches

On your journey down the southern coast of Maceió, Barra de São Miguel is the first destination that offers uncrowded, pristine beaches, the kind everyone is looking for. In fact, the beauty and variety of this area is one of the best-kept secrets of the Brazilian coast. You will not find water more transparent and warm or beaches...

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Belo Horizonte: Planning Your Time

Jan 30, 11 Belo Horizonte: Planning Your Time

Posted by in minas gerais, Where to Go

The third largest city in Brazil by population, Belo Horizonte, or B.H. (bee-ah-GAH) to the locals, is nestled in the hills of the Serra do Curral, a small mountain range for which the city was originally named Curral D’El Rei (King´s Corral). The city is situated in a triangular position to Rio de Janeiro to the East and...

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