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Fun Facts to Know About Brazil
Guide To Rio De Janeiro
Beach Destinations in South Brazil
in Brazil: The Greatest Show on Earth!
And Don'ts To Keep You Safe If You Travel To Brazil
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found it first - Buzios the Paradise Peninsula
Paulo, Brazil: A Traveler's Guide
Magical Places Of Brazil
the fascinating side of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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
And Don'ts To Keep You Safe If You Travel To Brazil by Robert
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
|10 Most Popular Brazil
Copacabana Beach, Rio
de Janeiro, Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro, Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo,
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,
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.
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.
|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
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.
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
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.
|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
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
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!
|The Most Famous Carnivals
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
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.
Magic of Salvador da Bahia
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".
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
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
|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
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
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.
|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