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BRAZIL TRAVEL GUIDE:
Brazil Travel Guide:
5 Fun Facts to Know About Brazil
A Guide To Rio De Janeiro
Best Beach Destinations in South Brazil
Carnival in Brazil: The Greatest Show on Earth! 
Do's And Don'ts To Keep You Safe If You Travel To Brazil
Eat and drink in Rio de Janeiro
Europeans found it first - Buzios the Paradise Peninsula
Holidays in Brazil
Salvador de Bahia
Sao Paulo, Brazil: A Traveler's Guide
Ten Magical Places Of Brazil
 
Rio de Janeiro, BrazilExploring the fascinating side of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro has been in the spotlight recently after hosting the Rio 2016 Olympics, but the city has been a popular destination for visitors worldwide for some time. While many visitors head to Copacabana beach and the pleasures of Ipanema, it is worthwhile to take a step into the back streets of the city to see evidence of Rio’s colonial past... read more

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Do's And Don'ts To Keep You Safe If You Travel To Brazil   by Robert Thatcher

A nation that is rich in sights and attractions, Brazil is one of the best destination choices when you fly south of America. Brazil is the 5th largest and 5th most populous country in the world. Its territory spans from the Atlantic Ocean to the central and east of South America, dwarfing the neighboring countries of Argentina, Uraguay, and Paraguay in the south, Bolivia and Peru in the east, and Columbia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana in the north.
10 Most Popular Brazil destinations:

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro, Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Tijuca National Park, Rio de Janeiro, Iguacu Falls, Foz de Iguacu, Parana Pantanal Wetlands, Pantanal, Mato Grosso Teatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro, Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar), Rio de Janeiro Pelourinho, Salvador, Bahia

If you plan to travel to any of these places or plan take Brazil experience elsewhere, here are some of the things you should remember.

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Do's:

1. Try to learn as much Portuguese as you can. Yes, Portuguese. If you happen to visit other South American countries and have learned Spanish in the process, well, you can't use it. Try to learn some words - the usual conversational phrases and sentences. Remember that although you can survive with English in large cities, most people living in rural areas would not be able to understand you.
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2. Avoid dark and isolated places especially if you are alone.

3. Carry only the basics. In this way, you can avoid the eyes of petty criminals.

4. Know your destination before leaving. This rule applies before you leave the United States and upon arrival at your hotel. Keep a map if you must and don't allow anyone to know you are lost if ever you caught in the situation. Knowing where you are going leads to a safer Brazil travel.

5. Bring necessary clothes and survival stuff. Bring long pants, long-sleeved shirt, eyeglasses, cap or hat to avoid mosquito bites. To further attracting illnesses from insects like dengue, leishmaniasis, and malaria, do bring insect repellant. 

Or, if you are planning to stay out overnight, bring mosquito nets, insect sprays, and necessary prescription medications.


6. Take taxis instead of buses. Bring money pouches strap around your neck. If you are driving your car, always keep the door locked.

7. Respect the locals.

8. If you are a victim of crime, report immediately.

9. Brazil like any other places has rules to follow. Obey them to keep you out of trouble.
Don'ts:

1. Never bring excessive valuables and show it to public. As much as possible leave your rings, necklaces, bracelets, and other jewelries in a safe place. You can rent a purchase deposit box to keep your valuables safe.

2. Don't carry money and credit card you don't need because you can never tell when pickpocketers attack. Although Brazil has several safe places for tourists like Rio de Janeiro, it is always wise to keep your money in safe place. Try to carry enough cash for the day or at least one credit card with you. Leave the rest in your hotel.

3. Don't swim in any fresh waters.

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4. Avoid eating street foods and drink only bottled water. Don't handle any animals.

5. Don't bring to your hotel room any strangers you meet outside.

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About the Author: Robert Thatcher is a freelance publisher based in Cupertino, California. He publishes articles and reports in various ezines and provides brazil travel resources on www.your-brazil-travel.info.
Carnival in Brazil: The Greatest Show on Earth!   by Marcia Crowell

The unofficial start for Carnival in Brazil is during the New Year celebration. After midnight, and long into the new year, what Brazilians will be dancing to all sorts of Carnival music until early Ash Wednesday. In some places even a month after that.

Carnival is, by far, the most important Brazilian festival. It is joyfully celebrated in the four corners of this big country. The music, the tradition and costumes vary depending on different religions and heritage nevertheless, it is celebrated everywhere in Brazil. From small villages, medium towns, to the mystic Afro-Brazilian Salvador da Bahia, the megalopolis São Paulo and the temple of Carnival itself: Rio de Janeiro.

Carnival in Brazil is an experience like no other and it is unique each and every year. It is not about the costumes, the themes nor the music. It is much like a feeling of renovation, a celebration of life only the way Brazilians can do so well. No matter what challenges the country may be experiencing, and there are many, Carnival is a special time. And one doesn't have to be in the posh boxes of Rio's Sambodromo to celebrate, to dance, to feel the joy. Anybody can celebrate dancing and playing with friends on the streets without a fancy costume. There is only one requirement: be ready to party!
Woman in Costume for Carnival at Sombodromo, Centro, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
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The Most Famous Carnivals

The Big One: Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro doesn't really need any introductions as it is the most famous in the world. The two-day Special Group parade is broadcasts to dozens of countries, and the "Samba Enredos" CD of the year is sold around the globe. It is a magic show of lights, costumes, huge floats carrying Brazilians beauties and celebrities who do the samba with mastery on the floats.

There are several parades, but the most famous and luxurious are the ones of the the Special Group, which is divided into two groups. Seven clubs parade on Sunday and the other seven on Monday. Both parades begin at 9:00 PM.

There are fireworks before every "Escola de Samba" (schools of Samba, as Brazilians call them), announcing the show. It is breathtaking.


A wave of color and energy shines through the path of samba, dancers of all ages singing and executing artful dance steps. When the drumers stop in front of you, you feel the beat inside your body, your feet beat move without any conscious thought onyour part. At this point, it is the dominion of the Samba.

The Sambodrome (parade stadium) offers a good infrastructure with food kiosks and shops, but you are free to take your own food if you want. You can take up to two plastic bottles with beverages and two food items(fruit or sandwich). It does help if you want to avoid lines. The Sambodromo complex is divided into boxes, individual chairs and bleachers. There are seats in all price ranges.

The Magic of Salvador da Bahia

In Salvador, in the state of Bahia, the beat is a different one. Here "Axé" is what puts the crowds into motion. "Axé" is a very African beat, born in Bahia, and it has become extremely popular throughout Brazil. The musicians go on top of a huge truck, called "Trio Elétrico", playing and singing and the crowd follows along dancing.
Salvador has become one of the favorite Carnival destinations in Brazil in the last few years. It carries the romanticism of a Carnival that is celebrated in the streets. The city closes some of the main avenues (called "Circuitos") and the "Trio Elétricos" do the rest, that is, luring thousands of people behind them, like a magnet.

Due to its extreme growth in popularity which has been attracting lots of foreign and Brazilian tourists alike, it is a very organized event. There are boxes along the streets, hotels, bars and restaurants use their balconies as boxes (you pay a fee and can enjoy the festival in a more "tranquil" way).

The thrill in Salvador da Bahia is to follow along behind the "Trio Elétrico". 

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It is extremely fun and that is the true spirit of the Carnival: a peoples party!  You have to be in shape though.  It takes a lot of energy to keep up with the dancers and Axé is a fast, demanding dance style.

Carnival in Recife and Olinda: Plain Upbeat

Recife and Olinda are cities in the state of Pernambuco, in the northeast Brazil. Two charming cities replete with historical buildings, where you can see such an excellent display of Brazil's Colonial past. It is an amazing experience to go dancing between the historical buildings
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Recife and Olinda are only 7 km apart from each other, so you can enjoy Carnival in both of them and have a great taste of what has become the best destination for Carnival in Brazil.

Carnivalin Recife and Olinda have all the components of a true peoples Carnival: they arecelebrated on the streets, organized by the people and they are free and spontaneous. To top it off, "Frevo" is an exhilarating rhythm which makes this an unforgettable Carnival experience to anyone who experiences it. Maracatu", "Coco" and "Coboclinhos" are also very popular rhythms in Recife and Olinda. The rule is to have fun, dance, make friends and celebrate Carnival in a free spirited way.


Carnival in Brazil Tips

Carnival in Brazil is a big event. Brazilians travel around the country and foreigners travel to Brazil. So make your travel arrangements early. Tickets to Rio de Janeiro's samba parades may be booked as early as November and they sell out quickly. In order to find good hotel deals, the earlier you book, the better.

It is a good idea to get to Brazil a few days before Carnival and leave a few days after because airports, bus stations, roads, etc. tend to be congested at this time.

It is summer in Brazil and very hot, therefore pack light, comfortable clothing. Carnival is an informal event, unless you are going to one of the Gala Balls - and then you had better get a nice costume. For the parades, shorts and a T-Shirt are perfect.

Have Fun!

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About the Author: Marcia Crowell is a Brazilian Journalist and the editor of Brazil Travelnet. She has lived, studied and travelled around Europe for 11 years and now lives in the USA. Above all, she is passionate about her country with all its beauty, contrasts and challenges.  To learn more about Carnival in Brazil, go to brazil-travelnet.com

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