Archive for September, 2009
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.
Remember, a new calendar every month!
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.
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.
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.
Average rainfall and temperatures for Maceió at weather.msn.com.
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.
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.
a city called Bahia
from Rio to Salvador
Salvador: photo album
map of Salvador
Salvador bus, visit Salvador from the top of a bus
SENAC restaurant, Salvador
sorveteria da Ribeira, top-quality ice-cream in Salvador
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.
Brazil Diving Guide
There are three youth hostels in São Paulo affiliated to Hostelling International:
- Praça da Árvore hostel. On a residential area on the southern region of the city. It is very close to the subway granting easy access to the most important tourist sights [location on Google Maps]
- São Paulo Hostel Downtown. In the centre of the city, which in the case of São Paulo it is a run down and troublesome area. We strongly advice against seeking accommodation on this part of the city [location on Google Maps]
- Sampa Hostel. On the bohemian quarter of Vila Madalena, with an abundance of bars and restaurants. A bit far from the subway (20 minutes on foot) [location on Google Maps]
There are also three independent youth hostels:
- Casa Club Hostel Bar. In the heart of the Vila Madalena, right where the action is. A bit far from the subway (25 minutes on foot) [location on Google Maps]
- Lime Time Hostel. In the Bela Vista neighbourhood, an excellent location close to the Avenida Paulista and the subway [location on Google Maps]
- Vila Madalena Hostel, in spite of its name, it is on the Pinheiros neighbourhood, not far away from the Vila Madelana. It is not close to the subway but there is easy and frequent public transportation nearby [location on Google Maps]
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.