Archive for September, 2009

October 2009 desktop calendar

October 2009 desktop calendar

The Brazil Travel Blog brings you every month a calendar for you to use on your computer desktop. In October we receive the visit of the Copan building in São Paulo, one of the best-known works by architect Oscar Niemeyer.

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September 30, 2009 | By More
links: Maceió

links: Maceió

To make up for the absence on this blog of a specific destination card devoted to Maceió, I am publishing a blog entry with links to sites of interest.

PORTALS

There are two portals with complete information on Maceió: Maceió Turismo and Turismo Maceió (with an English version). They have the usual travel tips with acommodation listings and other useful information.

OTHER LINKS

Might be worth having a look at Maceió Convention and Visitors Bureau‘s website. It claims a non-existent English version so it will only be of help to those fluent in Portuguese.

WEATHER

Average rainfall and temperatures for Maceió at weather.msn.com.

VIOLENCE

In recent years Maceió has become the most violent of all Brazilian capitals, with murder rates well above those of Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo. You are advice to seek local information about the safety of in the area where you’re staying.

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September 28, 2009 | By More
Reviews: <i>Hotel Ibis Rio Vermelho</i>, Salvador

Reviews: Hotel Ibis Rio Vermelho, Salvador

Salvador de Bahía, Brasil
[photo: view from the window of our room at the Ibis Rio Vermelho]

NAME: hotel Ibis Rio Vermelho

WHERE: Rio Vermelho, Salvador de Bahia

WEBSITE: Ibis Salvador Rio Vermelho

IN ENGLISH: yes

PRICES ON THE WEBSITE: yes

LOCATION: the hotel is located in the Rio Vermelho neighbourhood, right next to a tiny and secluded beach. Rio Vermelho is one of the bohemiam quarters of Salvador, with lots of restaurants and an active night life. To get to the center of Salvador (Pelourinho) from Rio Vermelho you have to take a taxi or a bus. The tourist Salvador bus stops right in front of the hotel. See the location of the hotel on Google Maps.

THE PREMISES: the hotel occupies a building attached to the Mercure hotel – belonging to the same hotel chain. It has the classic structure of most Ibis hotels, with a dining room and bar on the ground floor.

THE ROOMS: your standard Ibis room, correct. Separate bathroom. Tv and telephone. For our travelling needs, more than enough.

PRICES IN MARCH 2009: we paid R$109 per room per night.

BREAKFAST: not included on the price. It costs R$10 per person per day. We ended up having breakfast at the hotel to avoid being delayed. Breakfast is correct, it lacks the charm of a classic breakfast at a Brazilian pousada but it is more generous than a continental breakfast.

FOOD: available at the restaurant. We didn’t eat at the hotel.

INTERNET: the hotel offers paid wi-fi access. There is also a computer offering paid internet access.

RECEPTION: efficient and professional.

CONTACT BY EMAIL: we booked through the hotel’s website. All the options and charges were presented clearly.

OUR OPINION: those familiar with Ibis hotels are unlikely to be dissapointed. Comfortable accommodation with no luxuries attached at a very competitive price. Those wanting to stay at the Rio Vermelho neighbourhood will find the Ibis hotel an excellent choice. Being far from the center of town wasn’t a problem for us.
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September 24, 2009 | By More
birdwatching in Brazil

birdwatching in Brazil

Today we present another resource hidden at the Brasil Network website – the Ministry of Tourism tool for travel professionals. It is a shortish 9-page booklet with an introduction to birdwatching in Brazil. It can be downloaded clicking here.

Like I said when I presented the Brazil Diving Guide, much as I try, I can’t see why this valuable material is not made openly available to independent travelers. We know the Ministry of Tourism is mostly interested on wealthy foreign tourists but it is quite a mistake to make independent travel and wealth incompatible. Well, never mind. That’s why we have independent travel blogs for.

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September 21, 2009 | By More
youth hostels in São Paulo

youth hostels in São Paulo

There are three youth hostels in São Paulo affiliated to Hostelling International:

There are also three independent youth hostels:

I haven’t stayed at the any of the hostels mentioned on this post. For that reason, I can only comment on their location and not on the services they provide.

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September 17, 2009 | By More