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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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The Manatee: Largest Resident of the Amazon River

Mar 22, 11 The Manatee: Largest Resident of the Amazon River

Posted by in amazon, animals, Blog, Where to Go

The life of a Peixe Boi (sea cow or Trichechus manatus in scientific language) is rather laid back. This docile and inoffensive creature spends about a third of each day feeding on various water plants growing in the deep Amazon waterways. It usually swims alone but sometimes meets with others at warm swimming holes or rich feeding...

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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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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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An Introduction to Brazilian Food

Jan 23, 11 An Introduction to Brazilian Food

Posted by in Blog, food

Brazilian cuisine is as mixed and varied as are the Brazilian people. Also like the people, Brazilian food can be traced back to the mixture of three distinct groups: the native people, the Portuguese, and the African influences. And there may be no Brazilian food more representative of these three races than the famous Brazilian...

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Brazil’s Best Surfing, A Quick View

Jan 15, 11 Brazil’s Best Surfing, A Quick View

Posted by in beaches, Excursions, sports

Not only is surfing one of the most popular sports in Brazil, but also the surfer is given a kind of status among beach goers. More than a few of Brazil’s most popular beach villages and vacation spots were first discovered by surfers between 1970 and 1990. It almost seems that wherever surfers congregate, others will eventually...

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Sao Paulo to Rio Via the Coast: Rio-Santos Excursion

Jan 13, 11 Sao Paulo to Rio Via the Coast: Rio-Santos Excursion

Posted by in beaches, Excursions, Sao Paulo Coast

It may seem ironic that between Brazil’s two largest and most industrial cities is a coastline of unparalleled beauty and variety with some of Brazil’s finest beaches. Spanning the 429 kilometers of coastline are beaches and tropical islands, both urbanized and semi-deserted. Some areas are practically unknown and...

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Salgados: The Brazilian Pastel

Jan 13, 11 Salgados: The Brazilian Pastel

Posted by in Blog, food, snacks

Throw Another Pastel in the Oil for Me No matter where you go in Brazil, you’ll probably encounter the ubiquitous Brazilian Pastel. Any small sidewalk food stand will have a deep fryer with these little square pastries puffing up in the hot oil. They’re usually sold four or five at a time with a cup of juice or soda for a...

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